Is your small business using a point-of-sale, a kiosk or a self-service checkout that’s running Windows Embedded POSReady 2009? It’s officially time for an upgrade.
Microsoft officially ended support for Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 this past Tuesday, marking the grand finale of the very last variant of Windows XP that was still being supported after 17 years.
That span actually qualifies XP as the longest-lived Windows edition ever. It almost didn’t make it that long.
Microsoft tried to end support for POSReady 2009 back in 2014 but several enterprise users, including the British government, asked that support be extended. Microsoft apparently agreed to continue providing support until now.
Back in 2014, TechRepublic surveyed its members about their migration plans and found that 37 percent planned to continue using XP for the foreseeable future. Many cited business-critical software dependencies while others simply took a “if it ain’t broke, why fix it” stance. Of those who did say they were migrating, 11 percent said they would move to a Linux system while only one percent planning on moving to Mac OS X.
It should be noted that if the XP system is not on a network and it is not connected to the Internet in any way, it should continue to function as before but other devices connected to the XP system — even a USB drive — may pose a security threat.
Speaking of security threats, Microsoft released a special patch for Windows XP systems to protect against the WannaCry ransomware attack back in 2017. But, as many XP fans noted at the time, that Windows edition was relatively unaffected by WannaCry by virtue of the fact that the ransomware could not adequately spread itself very well on XP machines.
The Redmond, Washington-based software giant has helpfully recommended that customers still using Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 upgrade to some form of Windows 10. That said, if the upgrade appears too cumbersome or expensive, it’s probably a good idea to look at some ideas for a new grocery POS system or self service checkout or customer facing kiosks.
As a reminder, Windows 7 is due for its appointment with the Microsoft support guillotine in January of 2020.
Not sure about your options for your small business technology? Contact us today to get advice on how to future-proof your point-of-sale, self-checkout or kiosk systems.