Microsoft is in hot water over its Year 2000 compliance again, as it faces a lawsuit claiming its FoxPro database development tools are not millennium ready.
The lawsuit was filed in Chicago district court, last week by Ruth Kaczmarek, a developer, who alleges that FoxPro 2.5, 2.6 and Visual FoxPro 3.0 do not recognise 2000 as a new century.
According to the Microsoft Year 2000 web site, the software is compliant with minor issues and according to reports, although it automatically recognises two digit dates as being 20th century, it also allows users to turn on a Century function which enables them to enter four digit dates.
The software giant also faces a further lawsuit today as a small peripheral developer sued the company for stealing its design for an ergonomic mouse.
The developer, Californian Goldtouch, said it had invented and applied for a patent for its mouse, which it had shown to Microsoft back in 1997. The company said Microsoft released its own similar mouse a year later that included some of the Goldtouch patented designs.
Goldtouch is demanding damages of $1 billion.
Microsoft was unable to offer comment on either suit.
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