Enterprise IT vendor Microsoft said Canara Bank has migrated 33,000 PCs to the latest versions of Windows operating system from Windows XP.
Microsoft stopped its support for Windows XP on April 8.
The main reason for the switch over was security.
Unavailability of drivers for external devices like printers, scanners and biometric machines if they remained on XP also contributed to the decision, Microsoft said.
Till a month ago about 35 percent of PCs in the Indian BFSI sector were on Windows XP. The Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had sent out advisories recommending immediate migration from Windows XP highlighting security threats.
“Running unsupported technology especially in the BFSI sector carries huge risk. Canara Bank is amongst the progressive PSU banks in India that have taken the decision to move off Windows XP. They understand how debilitating and damaging the security breaches can be after support ends,” said Karan Bajwa, managing director, Microsoft India.
In addition to the newer version of Windows, Canara Bank also uses other Microsoft products like Exchange 2010 (email), SCCM 2007 R2 (patch management system) for desktop monitoring and management and Office 2013.