A US consultancy has accused Microsoft of misleading its customers over Year 2000 compliancy and is warning users to be wary of the giant's ?self-serving statements?.
Stephanie Moore, analyst at US-based Giga Information Group, said products that Microsoft claims are Year 2000 ready still require fixes to ensure they run after the date chanage. These include Windows 3.x, Windows 95 and Exchange 4.0.
She said the most serious issue surrounds applications developed using Microsoft tools such as 16-bit Visual Basic 4.0, and custom macros in Excel spreadsheets using two-digit year dates.
?Because these products supported four-digit dates all along, Microsoft believes developers are responsible for not using a four-digit year date standard and that these problems are neither its business nor responsibility,? said Moore.
However, many Microsoft manuals and Visual Basic default date fields use two-digit settings, she continued.
Moore also warns that she believes that, when Microsoft states that all its products are 'Year 2000 ready', this does not mean they are 'Year 2000 compliant' - only that they are able to handle four-digit year dates. ?Responsibility for ensuring that no two-digit date exposures exist rests squarely with the user,? she said.
Giga recommends that users should upgrade to current releases for all products by the end of the century, but not before mid-1998. This should ensure all Microsoft products will include new functionality, additional testing, Year 2000 ease of use upgrades, as well as the repair of any new Year 2000 bugs.
However, Moore did point out that Microsoft UK was leading its US counterparts in Year 2000 education.
A Microsoft spokesperson dismissed the report as ?nasty?.
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