Microsoft posted a document on its Website last week recommending that to avoid year 2000 problems, users should consider upgrading to Office 97.
The feature, written by Microsoft employee Ann Burgund, said that to be safe, users should upgrade to the latest version of the Microsoft product.
'Nobody expected the same code to be in effect more than 30 years after it was written,' it said.
The feature reproduced the standard Microsoft year 2000 chart, which shows how different versions of its application products perform. 'Microsoft's recommendation to the entire PC industry, including itself, is to make sure all PC software shipped in 1997 and later is fully ready to take on the year 2000. Microsoft recommends that customers upgrade PCs to software from 1997 or later,' said Burgund.
Burgund claimed there is plenty of time for users to get their act together.
Burgund blamed programmers working in the 1970s for the date change problems.
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