Matt Gunn, Managing Editor | TechComply
It might only be July, 2013 right now. But in terms of software upgrades, April 2014 is not that far off. And with it will come the end of Microsoft’s official support of Windows XP.
As we’ve mentioned on this blog before, Safe Systems’ research indicates as many as one-third of workstations in banks and credit unions are still running Windows XP. That means a lot of institutions will soon be facing a decision between going with one of Microsoft’s two current operating systems, Windows 7 or Windows 8.
The above chart further illustrates advantages and challenges of moving forward with an enterprise operating system. As it points out, 54% of financial services companies choose Windows 7 based on improved security, including kernel patch protection, service hardening, and data execution protection. Further benefits of Windows 7 include faster boot times, faster file open times and better battery life on notebooks.