Novell is claiming to be the first software company to launch a customised year 2000 assessment and authentication scheme.
The programme comes in the wake of user uproar last year, when customers accused the networking giant of lagging behind competitors in spelling out the millennium compliancy of its products.
In August 1997, PC Dealer revealed that the UK Netware User Association was testing key Novell products since the supplier had failed to publish any test results. Novell finally began releasing year 2000 patches for its major products in October.
Under the latest programme - due to be launched on 16 February - customers will be provided with a serial number identification program to run on their networks. This will identify Novell products and return a list of them to Novell, which then informs customers of any necessary action.
Andrew Sadler-Smith, managing director of Novell UK, said: 'We want to ensure these businesses are prepared for the millennium. The combination of Novell's year 2000 assessment, comprehensive methodology and authenticated year 2000 products will provide our customers with the help they need.'
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