Dear Windows-Help.NET subscriber,
Well, in this week's headlines I should mention that Microsoft discovered some "minor" Year 2000 (Y2K) problems with Windows 98.
Windows 98? You say.... wasn't that released just a few months ago, surely they could have made sure that it was fully Y2K tested? Well, let me just quote Microsoft's statement this week: "Microsoft understands the critical nature of the Year 2000 issue and is committed to diligently testing its products and promptly providing information and solutions to its customers if issues arise." and "In the course of testing efforts with Windows 98, we have identified and fixed these minor Year 2000 issues."
I leave it at that..... But now, what are these "minor Year 2000 issues?" Well, there's a whole list of them. Eleven are mentioned and will be fixed when you install the Year 2000 update for Windows 98.
You can get this update in 2 ways: from the Windows Update Web site, or - and as far as I know this is a first - you can order the Update on CD-ROM. Just call Microsoft at 1-800-363-2896, or order it online. In addition, Microsoft is making the update available to OEMs and will include the update on the Microsoft Select CD for corporate customers.
The Y2K update is 1252KB, but when you select it for downloading, you will also get the Microsoft Virtual Machine Beta (4409KB). At least that is my experience, and it's sustained with several reports from other people. Apparently it's a "required component" of the Y2K update, but it's not listed as such on the Web site. But selecting the Y2K update automatically gets you the MVM. So at least prepare yourself for a 5661KB download.
The update is only available in English language versions at the moment. Though the Y2K issues found in Windows 98 English are common to the international versions of Windows 98, this update only works for English versions. According to Microsoft: "Complete testing of international versions of Windows 98 is targeted to be completed by Q1 of 1999, and international versions of the Year 2000 Update will be posted as soon as they are available."
Note for Internet Explorer 5 Beta Users: The Windows 98 Y2K update for Internet Explorer 5 beta versions is available only on Windows Update. No fulfillment CD is available for this version.
Note that Microsoft has a comprehensive Web site with Y2K information on a whole range of products. It's definitely worth a visit once in a while to keep up to date on the latest compliance information. A Y2K Newsgroup is also available.
In the previous months, Microsoft was criticized by customers and industry analysts alike for not moving fast enough to provide Y2K information and services. It seems they've started moving....