Microsoft ATM? Unfortunately, it's likely

As if Microsoft's operating systems weren't causing enough trouble, Wired has a story that claims 65% of the bank ATMs will be running Windows by 2005.

Microsoft will be selling them what the article refers to as a "stripped down version of NT," but it is more likely than not Windows XP Embedded, which is a version of the Windows XP operating system that can be configured without much of the "unnecessary stuff" that an ATM won't need. However, it remains to be seen how well this will work in the real world.

We should get some good glimpses by the end of the year, when the company doing the survey expects 12% of the banks to be using Windows in their ATMs.

One small problem with the survey is that it includes responses from only 20 of the "top 60" banks, which seems to be a shame considering how small of an N 60 is.