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Symantec Corporation announces support of the Microsoft Windows CE Platform for Handheld PC's

CUPERTINO, Calif. -- September 16, 1996 -- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq:SYMC) announced today that it plans to support the new Microsoft® Windows® CE platform for handheld PC's. Software solutions compatible with this new platform are being developed by several of Symantec's divisions, such as the Contact Management product group.

"Symantec's efforts in producing market-leading software help users increase their productivity and provides them with powerful and flexible ways to access and share information wherever they are," commented Gordon Eubanks, President and CEO of Symantec. "Over the next few months we will be announcing an exciting group of products specially developed for the Microsoft Windows CE platform."

Windows CE has been designed to provide the millions of mobile professionals using Windows based personal computers an affordable handheld PC companion for the time they are away from the office. Windows CE provides a familiar, easy-to-learn user interface modeled after Windows 95, works with the Windows based personal information management and productivity applications customers know and use every day, and provides seamless synchronization with Windows based desktops. Moreover, Windows CE provides a standard development environment that ensures a strong aftermarket will.

"We are pleased to have Symantec Corporation supporting our Windows CE platform for handheld PCs," said Jon Magill, Director of Marketing, Consumer Appliances Group, Microsoft Corporation. "Customers will benefit from Symantec’s compatible software solutions currently under development."

This press release contains forward-looking statements. There are certain important factors that could cause results to differ materially from those anticipated by some of the statements made above. Among these are the technical and budgetary constraints associated with the development of new products, anticipation of the demand for Windows CE based products, the positioning of Symantec's products for Windows CE, and the competitive environment in the software industry. Additional information concerning those and other factors that may affect Symantec's business and product plans are contained in the "Risk Factors" section of the Proxy Statement dated July 29, 1996, the company's quarterly report on Form 10-Q and the company's Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 29, 1996.

About Symantec Corporation
Symantec Corporation develops, markets and supports a complete line of application and system software products designed to enhance individual and workgroup productivity as well as manage networked computing environments. The company is headquartered in Cupertino, California, and sells its software worldwide. Symantec can be contacted for more information through its Internet Web site at http://www.symantec.com.

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