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Netscape to Promote Symantec Visual Cafe as Premier Visual Java Development Tool For Netscape ONE™

Symantec to License Java JIT Compiler to Netscape and Provide Netscape ONE™ support in Visual Café

NEW YORK, New York -- October 16, 1996 -- Netscape Communications Corporation (nasdaq: NSCP) and Symantec Corporation (nasdaq: SYMC) today announced they will work together to promote Symantec Visual Café as the premier visual Java development environment for Netscape ONE™ open network environment. Netscape ONE is a standards-based platform for creating a new generation of distributed client/server applications for Intranets and the Internet.

Netscape and Symantec also announced that Netscape plans to license the industry-leading Symantec Java Just-In-Time (JIT) compiler version 2 for inclusion in Netscape's software line for the Microsoft Windows and Macintosh platforms. The Symantec Just-In-Time Compiler is expected to improve the speed and performance of Java™ applications running inside Netscape Navigator™ browser software. As a result, Netscape users will enjoy an enhanced Internet experience with faster execution of the thousands of Java applications available on Web pages and corporate Intranets worldwide.

The two companies also announced that Symantec will provide support for Netscape ONE in Symantec Visual Café and host a Symantec Tools Forum in the DevEdge Online community, Netscape's on-line resource for developers. Symantec also announced that it is providing free copies of Symantec Visual Cafe Preview to conference attendees.

"Symantec's support for Netscape ONE further illustrates the breadth of world-class development tools available for the Netscape platform," said Marc Andreessen, senior vice president of technology for Netscape. "Together, Netscape and Symantec are making it easy for Java developers to use Netscape Internet Foundation Classes to build a whole new class of network applications that span the corporate firewall to include customers and partners into their business processes."

"With Visual Café, Symantec is building an integrated solution that enables corporate developers to rapidly build and deploy enterprise apps that run on the Intranet," said Mansour Safai, General Manager of Symantec's Internet Tools Division. "Symantec is also excited to host the growing legion of Cafe and Visual Cafe developers in the Netscape developer community by hosting a forum in DevEdge Online."

The Symantec Just-In-Time Compiler turns Java bytecodes into native processor instructions for faster execution of Java applets and standalone applications on the Internet and Intranets. Symantec's new version 2 compiler provides significant speed improvements and brings Java execution much closer to native execution. In private benchmark tests, the Symantec JIT version 2 is twice as fast as previous versions and clearly faster than competitive compilers currently on the market today.

In a keynote address at the second Netscape Internet Developer Conference today, Netscape Senior Vice President of Technology Marc Andreessen and Symantec General Manager of Internet Tools Division Mansour Safai demonstrated the power of Symantec Visual Cafe, Symantec's visual rapid application development environment for Java. The demonstration showcased Visual Café's ability to visually create Netscape ONE applications for Intranets by dragging and dropping Netscape Internet Foundation Classes (IFCs) components. It also highlighted the use of Visual Cafe's Interaction Wizard to interconnect IFC components and illustrated the performance improvements when running the Symantec Java Just-In-Time Compiler integrated into Netscape Navigator.

These announcements highlight Netscape and Symantec's commitment to providing enterprise developers with a complete, seamless environment for deploying Intranet applications based on Netscape ONE. By combining Netscape ONE technologies with Symantec's productive and innovative tools for Windows and Macintosh, Netscape and Symantec are making it easier for developers to create and deploy powerful Java-based enterprise applications that operate on a broad variety of operating systems.

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.

About Netscape Communications Corporation
Netscape Communications Corporation is a premier provider of open software for linking people and information over enterprise networks and the Internet. The company offers a full line of clients, servers, development tools and commercial applications to create a complete platform for next-generation, live online applications. Traded on NASDAQ under the symbol "NSCP," Netscape Communications Corporation is based in Mountain View, California.

Additional information on Netscape Communications Corporation is available on the Internet at Corporate customers can call (415) 937-2555 while consumers can call (415) 937-3777 for more information. Netscape, Netscape Communications, the Netscape Communications Corporation logo, Netscape ONE and Netscape Navigator are trademarks of Netscape Communications Corporation.

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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 anticipation of the growth of certain market segments, the positioning of Symantec's products in those segments, the competitive environment in the software industry, dependence on other products. Additional information concerning these and other factors is contained in the "Risk Factors" section of the company's Annual Report on form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 1996 and Quarterly report on form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended June 30, 1996.