A Year 2000 lawsuit filed against Microsoft at the end of last year has been dismissed.
The case (see Newswire 16 December, 1998) centred around the company?s Foxpro database software.
Software developer Ruth Kaczmarek filed the suit, alleging that certain versions of Foxpro contained a defect in the way it handles dates after 31 December, 1999.
Kacsmarek argued that because of the alleged defect, Microsoft had breached the warranty and committed negligence in the software?s design.
However, the court found that Microsoft had made it clear in the manual for Foxpro how the software handles dates and that Kacsmarek?s claim was without merit.
?Kacsmarek?s main problem is that there is nothing inherently wrong with computer software that assumes that a two digit entry means the 20th Century, particularly when the default setting is disclosed as part of the contract,? the court said. ?In other words, there is no defect in the program; Foxpro operates in the manner indicated by the user manual. Thus Kaczmarek cannot establish a breach of Microsoft warranties," it continued. "Finally, absent a defect in Foxpro, Kaczmarek cannot show negligence by Microsoft. Because there is no factual or legal basis for Kaczmarek?s claims, the case is dismissed with prejudice,? the statement concluded.
However, Microsoft is not off the Year 2000 hook yet, as users of its Windows Terminal Server Edition are still waiting for an update that will ensure the products millennium compatibility.(see Newswire 11 March)
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