Microsoft: Japanese bank moves 30,000 terminals from Windows XP to Windows 8

While there are many banks around the world that have yet to upgrade their ATMs and other computers from Windows XP, Microsoft announced today that one such institution in Japan recently made a massive move from the 12 year old operating system to Windows 8.

Microsoft's press release announced that Resona Holdings, which is the parent company of a number of banks in Japan, recently upgraded 30,000 of its client terminals from Windows XP to Windows 8. The move, which Microsoft says is one of the biggest deployments of Windows 8 ever made, was completed in late February, several weeks before the end of Microsoft's support of Windows XP on April 8th.

Tetsuya Shiratori, the executive officer and general manager of Information Technology Planning Division at Resona Holdings, is quoted as saying:

We decided to migrate straight to Windows 8, and we had no opposition to taking advantage of the latest products to boost efficiency. In addition to the cost savings resulting from standard Windows 8 functions and the great usability, including boot speed, we also managed the whole migration operation with unprecedented speed through using System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.

Microsoft said Resona Holdings accomplished this task in part by replacing half of their old client terminals with new ones that had Windows 8 installed. Also, any PCs that were less than two years old got a software upgrade to the OS. The entire process took less than two years. In addition to Windows 8, the bank also started using Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013.

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We all know Diebold won't give a rats ass about every ATM in the US being vulnerable, they haven't for years now. Yeah, let's use XP for all POS units too.

92GTA said,
We all know Diebold won't give a rats ass about every ATM in the US being vulnerable, they haven't for years now. Yeah, let's use XP for all POS units too.

XP on POS is supported until 2019.

stevan said,

XP on POS is supported until 2019.

I haven't read that anywhere, thanks for the info! I think media needs to stop fear mongering and report what matters, like XP embedded and other versions EOS dates that matter the most.

The fear mongering is directed more towards home users, but then again their systems are most likely already compromised.

RottGutt said,
They likely got advanced notice that the Start Menu is coming back.

I don't think that would affect their decision. By the time it is released everyone would have already learned the start screen. It only takes a few minutes to learn.

Kaze23 said,
B-B-BUT START SCREEN BAD HURR DURR!

Glad they went with something with longer support.

ATMs do not use windows GUI at all. They have some software ontop. "metro" will likely be disabled entirely.

I would laugh my ass off if they put Windows 8 on their ATMs and then realize they have a frame around their touchscreen, making the swipes unusable and trapping customers on one page. :)
This is after all one super touchscreen optimized OS! lol...

mrp04 said,

I don't think that would affect their decision. By the time it is released everyone would have already learned the start screen. It only takes a few minutes to learn.

Who the hell complains about learning it? People complain about its crappy usability!

coolhund said,

Who the hell complains about learning it? People complain about its crappy usability!

No, usability is just fine. People complaining haven't spent the 5 minute to learn.

I'm not saying modern apps are good for productive uses because they're not. At least not until they can run in windowed mode.

But the start screen? It's only open for a few seconds while you launch something. And it fits MORE things than the start menu and they're bigger target that are more easily hit using a mouse.

mrp04 said,

No, usability is just fine. People complaining haven't spent the 5 minute to learn.

I'm not saying modern apps are good for productive uses because they're not. At least not until they can run in windowed mode.

But the start screen? It's only open for a few seconds while you launch something. And it fits MORE things than the start menu and they're bigger target that are more easily hit using a mouse.

I have been using Windows 8 since release and still I rather use my Windows 7 PCs. Yes its good in some aspects, but surely not in usability. Its inconsistent, confusing, clunky, forces you to crap that was optional before and not to mention if you really work with it, you are wasting far more time getting where you want than on Windows 7.
I know people like you will now say that I just dont do it the right way, but Ive seen people like you work on Windows 8. Its cringeworthy, it really makes me want to smack the one on the head and take over, because its like watching a 80 year old using a PC for the first time.

I wonder how users will cope with the new Start screen. /s

Way to go - as soon as April 8th comes, to me XP is in the same class as 95 and 98.

Goldfire86 said,

Looks like someone didn't read the article.


D'oh. I did, I misread it - my bad!

Still, they would've had a more familiar experience on Windows 7.
Hope they have the training ready!

MrHumpty said,
For an ATM? Your critical thinking needs some tweaking bud :)

They didn't update their ATMs, they updated their office PCs.

Shiranui said,

They didn't update their ATMs, they updated their office PCs.

Exactly, people are mistaking 'client machines' for 'atm', they are not the same thing.

Hum said,
Should have waited for Windows 9

This is something Microsoft addressed a couple of times yesterday. They want users to no longer have to think about or worry about upgrading Windows, and just always have the latest update of Windows.

They even specifically used Chrome as an example, as they want Windows to just always be updated to the latest version.

The comments were very promising, as they also addressed version fragmentation and how they want that to go away completely with Windows.

I don't know if this will come to full fruition before Windows 9 on the tablet/desktop or not, but it is planned to happen for Windows Phone before version 9.

Mobius Enigma said,

This is something Microsoft addressed a couple of times yesterday. They want users to no longer have to think about or worry about upgrading Windows, and just always have the latest update of Windows.

They even specifically used Chrome as an example, as they want Windows to just always be updated to the latest version.

The comments were very promising, as they also addressed version fragmentation and how they want that to go away completely with Windows.

I don't know if this will come to full fruition before Windows 9 on the tablet/desktop or not, but it is planned to happen for Windows Phone before version 9.

Missed that, was it in the main keynote? Else, can you say what session that was?

Studio384 said,
Missed that, was it in the main keynote? Else, can you say what session that was?

(Trying to remember...)

Check out the Channel9 interviews: "Universal Apps" and "DirectX12".

I know it was also mentioned other places, but I don't even have a guess which sessions specifically.

(I don't think it was mentioned or addressed in the main keynote.)

Shiranui said,
They didn't update their ATMs, they updated their office PCs.
Re-read and you're right. I'm apparently failing at reading comprehension. Though, that seemed like a ####load of ATM's.