Windows XP End of Life: Small Merchants Must Act Now

Windows XP is now over 12 years old. As of April 8, 2014, Microsoft has discontinued the support of Windows XP. The time has now come for us and our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources toward supporting more recent technologies so that we can continue to deliver great experiences for staff and customers.

The Windows XP EOL means any XP workstation processing credit cards is no longer PCI compliant.

With Microsoft ending support of Windows XP, there will be no security patches that will be available for the operating system. This means that any XP workstation processing credit cards will not meet the payment card Industry’s PCI-DSS requirements. The following are some articles related to PCI compliance and Windows XP that are worth consulting:

As a result, technical assistance for Windows XP is no longer available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC. Microsoft has also stopped providing updates and new features to machines that are running Windows XP. This means that new features that may be used in future versions of RQ software may not work with Windows XP machines. Also, as more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for more recent versions of Windows, you can expect to encounter more apps and devices that do not work with Windows XP.

The bottom line: It’s in retailers’ best interest to update their Windows XP machines.

The bottom line is: It is in retailers’ best interest to update their Windows XP machines to a newer version of Windows.