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 http://www.pcy2000.org/ .

"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 Computer in the US. "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 Computer, Dell, Fujitsu, Gateway 2000, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Toshiba and Phoenix Technologies.

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