"By 2005, 65 percent of bank ATMs (not including free-standing machines in places like convenience stores and casinos) in the United States will use
a stripped-down version of Windows. About 12 percent of the machines will use the operating system by the end of this year, according to Gwenn Bezard,
an analyst at market researcher Celent. "
Now I'm trying to figure out if this is just publicity hype or if Celent is for real. Windows CE is a piece of crap and everyone know how bad normal
versions of windows are. They say that they want to go with windows because: "They would prefer Windows, a platform they consider "open" in that it
is compatible with their internal corporate networks. Also, it's so ubiquitous that they can add features to all their ATMs without having to write
multiple pieces of code for different machines. "
But that doesn't cut it because they were all running OS/2, the article says. That's pretty unbuitous. And designing features is trivial ... how
many features do you want on an ATM machine? Sounds like someone wants to step up the ATM machine and ensure a greater degree of centralized databases
and erode privacy...
edit- my fault. www.wired.com...
[Edited on 19-9-2003 by ktprktpr]