Microsoft Ending life of Operating System
Microsoft has had April 14, 2014 publicized for some time now as being the end of life for its most successful and widely adopted Operating system, Windows XP. This is creating a serious PCI risk in that many retailers have not paid attention as they are stuck with machines that will no longer be PCI compliant due to this issue. It is critical that if your company is running a point of sale system with Windows XP that you put in process a plan to move to a platform that is PCI compliant and will be for the foreseeable future. Not doing so will put your company outside of PCI compliance and opens up your company to all kinds of risks from hackers, spam, viruses and spyware as the operating system will not be receiving any patches after that date. In addition most manufacturers and developers have stopped developing software and peripherals for the platform leaving retailers finding it difficult to work with newer technologies such as updated scanners, cell phone coupons, loyalty programs, and others. For more information on if your store might be at risk please contact your local RDS representative for a FREE POS Analysis.