With only six months left before the millennium, Microsoft has launched a new Web site aimed at helping consumers assess and prepare their PCs for the Year 2000 date change.
The software, which has faced criticism in the past for its handling of Y2K product compliance, said the site will include easy to understand product guides that describe how most Microsoft applications handle dates, as well as information regarding what action, if any, consumers need to take to prepare their applications for the date change.
The site will also allow users to download a Y2K product analyser, which automatically scans a user's hard drive and determines which Microsoft products are on the PC. The analyser then generates a report telling users the compliance status of their system and online access to Y2K software updates if needed.
For customers who prefer to have information mailed to them, a free Y2K resource CD including the product analyser and updates is also available.
Mark Light, Y2K product manager at Microsoft, commented: "Most consumers are aware of the (Y2K) issue, but they have not really awakened to what they need to do to update their personal computers."
Ironically, Microsoft has been forced to issue a series of patches for its desktop products to try to get them Y2K compliant.
Earlier this year, Microsoft also faced a barrage of criticism from analysts and users when it admitted that its NT Terminal Server Edition (TSE) is still not Y2K compliant, despite the earlier issue of a Y2K patch. (See Newswire 11 March)
Users said the product's non compliant status was causing problems, as they were not able to check off their own systems as totally compliant.
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