A document on Microsoft?s Web site recommends that, to avoid Year 2000 problems, users should consider upgrading to Office 97.
The feature, written by Ann Burgund, appeared on www.microsoft.com last Friday, and said that to be safe, users should upgrade to the latest version of the Microsoft product.
Said Burgund: "Nobody expected the same code to be in effect more than 30 years later."
The feature reproduced the standard Microsoft Y2K chart, which shows how different versions of its application products perform. "Microsoft's recommendation to the entire PC industry, including itself, is: Make it so that all PC software shipped in 1997 and later is fully ready to take on the Year 2000. Before the Year 2000, Microsoft recommends that customers upgrade PCs to software from 1997 or later."
Burgund claimed that the three years before the millennium are plenty of time for users to get their act together.
But speculation was growing at the Comdex/Fall show last week that people using PC software are more at risk than those with traditional programs developed in Cobol.
Although Burgund blamed programmers working in the 1970s for the date change problems, the first version of Microsoft Excel was released in 1987 and, in the chart on the site, Microsoft does not give it a tick in every box.
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