Friday, August 27, 1999 Published at 01:35 GMT 02:35 UK
Business: The Economy
Y2K bug warning for software firms
Many old computer systems may crash on 1 January 2000
Leading software companies have been accused of failing to provide clear information on whether their products are millennium-compliant.
As a result, many of the UK's top firms have suffered "significant" delays in their fight against the millennium bug, says the campaign group, Action 2000.
Only products that can handle data from 2000 onwards are "Y2K" or year 2000-compliant.
One reason why things could go wrong is a lack of information provided by manufacturers.
According to a survey compiled by Action 2000, many businesses are worried by the fact that the information about the compliance status of key software packages keeps changing.
Among the programs singled out for criticism are:
So far the organisation has identified 24 software products, where manufacturers have recently changed the information on the compliance status.
For the survey Action 2000 talked to more than 3,000 companies, to find out whether they had succesfully dealt with the millennium bug.
Among companies with more than 250 employees, 43% reported that software firms had suddenly downgraded their product compliance.
Among the UK's top 500 companies listed on the London Stock Exchange, 40% reported that changes in the compliance status of software had caused significant delay to their Y2K preparations.
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