WESTBROOK, Maine (4/28/14)--News outlets in southwestern Maine called on the expertise of a Maine Credit Union League representative recently to offer insight on what impact Microsoft's discontinuation of service on Windows XP would have on ATMs, which commonly run on the obsolete operating system.
Among other input, Rebekah Higgins, league assistant vice president of card services, explained that credit unions in Maine had mobilized to upgrade ATMs several years ago (Weekly Update April 25).
"There is no impact to members having access to ATMs, as credit unions have been preparing for this for quite a while," Higgins told WGME-13. "While there is a significant cost of upgrading ATMs, many credit unions are investing in ATMs with enhanced features and convenience.
"Many credit unions view this as an investment in technology that allows plenty of opportunities for growth and enhancements in the future, so this is a positive thing for members."
ATMs that have not been upgraded will still be supported, and expects them to continue to be patched by Microsoft until 2016, Higgins added.
"The real concerns for consumers should be on their own personal computers that use the Windows XP system because they are no longer supported and, therefore, are more vulnerable," Higgins said.