For those of you who have not heard, more and more things are running into Y2K problems. (Year 2000 problems) It seems that some not-so-obvious systems have been hit by this too. After hearing about a guidance system problem (GPS based) I thought that this could hit almost anyone... and it did! The real reason why Windows97 will be late Microsoft had quietly slipped the Windows97 release by over 6 months a few weeks ago stating all sorts of reasons from channel delivery timing to corporate hesitation to jump into yet another major release. However, upon further digging, it was found out that Microsoft marketing was bitten by the Y2K problem. Windows95, named for the year of its release, and the upcoming Windows97 likewise named for the year of its planned release both suffer from the classic Y2K problem. Marketing officials claim that they had just noticed this problem after having, the night before, laughed at Citibank and the problems they had with credit card expiration dates after 1999. One unnamed official stated that he walked into his office and noticed all of the posters, flyers, and other Windows95 and prototype Windows97 materials and nearly cried. It was at this point that marketing first really took to heart how pervasive this Y2K problem really was. Initial attempts to change from Windows97 to Windows1997 proved to be flawed due to limits on the sizes of store banners and box size. They did not want to reduce the type size but they did not have the room to fit in the complete year designation. Some people argued that they were fine and that by the time Windows00 came out everyone would already know that it really was not 0 but 2000. However, market testing showed that people did not want Windows00 when they already had Windows 3.1 or Windows95. Thus, in an unpresidented move, the marketing department delayed the Windows97 product release until a proper solution could be found. One person was claimed to have said that Windows98 will not happen unless they really can not find a solution, at which point they would be less than 500 days from the magic date when "all other systems will fail and the world will stop... At least we will following an industry standard for once."
(From the "Rest" of RHF)