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Thu, Apr 16, 1998
Year 2000 !
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
<<< NTools E-NewsFlash >>>[tm] April 16,98 : Year 2000 !

Hi NT-ers,

The Sleeping Giant Has Awoken. Microsoft announced their
Year 2000 Resource Center yesterday.

Some of MS widely used products, including its Windows O/S,
will require 'minor' updates to work properly in the year
2000 and beyond, they said on Wednesday.

Microsoft said they have discovered no glitches that would
crash the core functionality of W3.X, W95 or NT systems.
"The vast majority of our products are doing proper date 
handling". Microsoft executive Jason Matusow told the press
and analysts.

Microsoft's Word for DOS version 5.0 word processor and Access 
2.0 database manager are not compliant. The message is scrap
and buy something new. Windows 95 and most versions of IE
need to be updated them with patches that will be free at their

The new URL place where you can find Microsoft's Y2000 Resource
Center is http://www.microsoft.com/year2000/

Known Bugs:

- The Windows 95 'find file' feature will not work correctly for 
dates past Dec. 31, 1999. Although accurate file searches will 
be possible, the utility will not be able to sort files by the 
date of the most recent change.

- NT 4.0 has a few date-related issues that can be addressed by 
installing software already available at the Y2K Resource Center,
and also a product guide that outlines the year 2000 compliance 
status of specific MS products.

Here is the page with the specifics for NT 4.0 Server:
it also shows how to handle them.

PS, FYI the Year 2000 is also a Leap Year! That means you may want
to test your software for Feb 29, 2000.

The official algorithm is:

-If the year is evenly divisible by 4, it is a leap year.
-If the year is evenly divisible by 100, it's not a leap year.
-If the year is evenly divisible by 400, it is a leap year.

The last one is the one most often missed and is the one relevant 
to the year 2000. February 29, 2000 is a valid date. Check your 
software to see if it can handle it.

That's all for this NewsFlash, see you next weekend with the full
NTools E-News! :-)

Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman

(email me with feedback: [email protected])