Intuit has today announced a significant investment in their
Year 2000 customer compliance programme which will help its
customers take action against the "millennium bug". All
Intuit customers, no matter how old their software, will
benefit as a result. Over 350,000 users of Quicken and
QuickBooks will be offered software upgrades or the chance
to upgrade to the very latest version of Quicken or
QuickBooks at a significantly reduced rate.
As Alan Ross, Marketing Communications Manager explains
"This investment demonstrates Intuit's commitment to working
with customers ensuring that their personal finances or
business accounting will not be affected by the Year 2000
Every user of the small business software QuickBooks
versions 2 and 3 and versions 5 and 6 of Quicken will
receive a FREE Year 2000 compliant solution. Users of
earlier versions of Quicken (2, 3 and 4) will be asked to
pay a small postage and handling fee to receive this. In
addition, all customers will be offered a competitively
priced upgrade to the current versions of QuickBooks 6.0 and
6.0 Pro and Quicken 2000.
An Intuit Year 2000 Compliant Standard* was established in
August 1999 which all tested products are assessed against.
Users of Quicken 2000, QuickBooks 5 Basic, QuickBooks 5
Accounting, QuickBooks 6 and QuickBooks 6 Pro can be assured
that their product meets this standard. QuickBooks 5
Accounting and Payroll will also meet this standard after
the installation of a software patch. This patch will be
sent automatically to all registered users of the software.
Quicken 98 (Regular and Deluxe) will meet the Intuit
standard if users have installed maintenance release 3 (R3).
This is available free of charge at
Ross continued, "We agree with the report issued by Action
2000 (Friday 27 August) which recommends that software
companies take more responsibility in informing their
customers of the compliance status of their products. For
example, in some cases we have made the decision not to test
the very oldest products but are mailing every customer by
mid-October instructing them how to receive two attractive
compliance options - enabling them to continue to enjoy the
benefits of using QuickBooks and Quicken into the Year 2000"
Intuit's Year 2000 Compliant Standard* An Intuit UK product
or service meets Intuit's Year 2000 Compliant Standard if it
accurately processes dates:
1. when calculating, comparing, sequencing, and presenting
dates within the date range supported by the product or
service, which includes years 1999 and 2000;
2. when calculating leap year dates within the product's or
service's supported date range, including the Year 2000;
3. by responding, when appropriate, to two-digit date input
in a manner that resolves the ambiguity as to the century in
a disclosed, defined, and predetermined manner.
An Intuit product or service must be used in accordance with
its end-user documentation in order to meet the above
criteria. In addition, all other hardware, firmware,
software and services used by the product or service are
required to properly exchange data within it.
Intuit will classify products and services for their Year
2000 status in accordance with the Year 2000 Test
Classifications set above. Intuit UK is committed to
updating this table as new products and services are added
or as the status of a product or service changes.
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