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Symantec and NetCentric Announce Alliance to Deliver Internet Fax Solution to Millions of Users

Internet Expo, Boston, Mass. —- October 16, 1996 -— Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq:SYMC), the worldwide leader in communications software, and NetCentric Corporation, the leading provider of software for the Internet Infrastructure, today announced an alliance to develop, co-market and deliver a comprehensive Internet fax solution later this month. By working with NetCentric, Symantec is offering its millions of WinFax PRO users access to the Internet as a reliable, inexpensive network for worldwide transmission of their faxes.

WinFax PRO 7.5, the latest upgrade of Symantec’s leading desktop faxing technology, will include seamless connectivity to high-performance NetCentric servers inside the Internet, enabling WinFax PRO users to easily send secure, point-to-point faxes over the Internet for delivery to any fax machine world-wide that exists off the Internet.

"By working with NetCentric, Symantec is helping to make Internet fax an everyday business tool rather than a hobbyist toy," said fax industry analyst Peter Davidson of Davidson Consulting. "The millions of WinFax PRO customers understand the power of desktop faxing and are the people most likely to embrace Internet faxing as a logical extension to their current business activities. The Internet will profoundly impact fax technology and drive it to the level of rapid technological change that is coming from the Internet."

Benefits to Users
Faxing constitutes 40% of a company’s telecommunications bill, with the average Fortune 500 company spending almost $15 million annually on fax-related transmission charges, according to a 1996 Gallup/Pitney Bowes survey. The Internet infrastructure provides a more cost effective network than the existing public phone network to carry major segments of this faxing traffic. Users can send multiple faxes at once directly through their Internet connection and save up to 80% of the cost of sending a fax over the long distance telephone network. In addition to reducing transmission costs, WinFax PRO and NetCentric can eliminate the need for individuals and organizations to invest in dedicated fax lines, fax machines or expensive LAN fax servers.

WinFax PRO is a powerful productivity tool for Small-Office/Home Office (SOHO) users, but they will also find additional benefits using Internet fax services. These users tend to communicate by fax on a regional basis, and often face higher long-distance charges as a result. They often cannot benefit from the deep discounts offered on interstate long distance. With Internet fax they gain the benefit of consistent competitive rates.

"With over 10 million copies shipped, WinFax has clearly become the standard for desktop faxing," said Marc Camm, General Manager of Symantec’s Desktop Communications Business Unit. "This new offering dramatically raises the bar in the faxing industry. By potentially eliminating the need for dedicated phone lines and fax servers, while reducing telecommunications charges, WinFax PRO users can see dramatic savings in their fax costs using the Internet.

How It Works
Faxing over the Internet is very easy using the new WinFax PRO 7.5. Once users have established an Internet account with NetCentric through the WinFax PRO setup wizard, they have the option of sending desktop faxes either over the telephone lines or through the Internet. Once a user has selected to send a fax over the Internet, WinFax PRO 7.5 compresses and encrypts the fax and sends it through a NetCentric server, which then uses intelligent routing algorithms to route the fax over the Internet, at the lowest cost possible, to the recipient. Throughout the entire process, WinFax PRO 7.5 provides real-time status to the user.

"The Internet is clearly the telecommunications architecture of the future," said Sean O’Sullivan, co-founder and CEO of NetCentric. "With this release of WinFax PRO, Symantec is leveraging their strength on the desktop with NetCentric’s presence and capabilities inside the Internet to advance the state-of-the-art of fax and telecommunications at large."

NetCentric develops POPware network software located inside the Internet at the points of presence (POPs) where the phone network and the Internet meet. POPware enables communications such as faxes to be delivered over the Internet to computer users and through phone lines to everyone else. It allows business communications to be shifted from the legacy telecommunications infrastructure to the Internet.

About NetCentric Corporation
NetCentric Corp., headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., was founded in January 1995 with the mission of providing extended network communications services by leveraging the capabilities of the Internet infrastructure. NetCentric has developed a new technology category called POPware that provides Internet-based telephony and computer services to organizations and individuals. Privately-held, NetCentric was recently identified by Upside magazine as one of the "fifty hottest" Internet companies. You can reach NetCentric on the World Wide Web at http://www.netcentric.com or by calling 1-888-POPWARE toll free, or (617) 720-5200.

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. Platforms supported include IBM personal computers and compatibles, Apple Macintosh computers as well as all major network operating systems. Founded in 1982, the company’s global operations span North America, Europe and several fast growing markets throughout Asia Pacific and Latin America. Information on the company and its products can be obtained by calling (800) 441-7234 toll free or (541) 334-6054.

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