PC vendors coalesce around Y2K evaluation efforts

PC vendors coalesce around Y2K evaluation efforts

An alliance of hardware vendors is set to unveil a series of new programs designed to make it easier for enterprises and consumers to evaluate whether their PCs and applications are year 2000-compliant.

The zenith of the PC Y2000 Alliance's year 2000 program is a Web site that offers easy-to-understand information on compliance of PC hardware systems.

The Web site, which links to all of the participating hardware vendors, Microsoft's year 2000 site, and various tools vendors, will be live this week at [ital][ital].

"The Web site is designed to be useful to those who are not PC experts," said Dave Cunningham, program manager for the year 2000 effort at Dell, in Round Rock, Texas. "We tried to take some very difficult-to-communicate information on what PC compliance is and put it in layman's terms."

PC Y2000 Alliance members are Acer Group, AMI, Compaq, Dell, Fujitsu, Gateway 2000, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Toshiba, and Phoenix Technologies.

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