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Symantec To Add Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications to Norton Administrator Suite

CUPERTINO, Calif. -- November 13, 1996 -- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq:SYMC) today announced that it has entered into negotiations with Microsoft to license Visual Basic for Applications for use in a future release of Norton Administrator Suite. Symantec’s inclusion of Visual Basic for Applications, the development environment shared by Microsoft Office 97, Visual Basic 5.0, and other third-party applications, will offer network administrators a common set of tools for automating costly, repetitive manual administration tasks.

“More than three million developers are already creating solutions with Microsoft Visual Basic,” said Stephanie Feraday, general manager for Symantec’s Networking Business Unit. “Symantec’s best-of-breed PC network administration products, coupled with Microsoft’s leadership in BASIC language development environments, provide a terrific combination for network administrators. Now, by providing customers with the same Visual Basic development environment used in the Microsoft Office 97 suite, we can do even more to help companies drive down the cost of managing PCs in complex IT environments.”

“Symantec has been a market and technology leader in providing network administrators with the tools they need to manage personal computers at corporate sites,” said Jon Roskill, director of marketing for Visual Basic at Microsoft Corp. “We’re elated that Symantec has chosen to continue to stake out a leadership position in their market by exposing an ActiveX object model and offering Visual Basic programmability within Norton Administrator Suite. Symantec’s license of Visual Basic for Applications strengthens the already close partnership that exists between Symantec and Microsoft.

Norton Administrator Suite is the ideal tool for administering large, distributed, heterogeneous networks. A suite of integrated tools provides centralized administration of a wide range of functions. Norton Administrator Suite is flexible and scaleable. Hierarchical structure allows parent-child architecture, with multi-site data roll-up for centralized management of LANs or WANs.

This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning product development efforts by Symantec. There are certain important factors that could cause Symantec's future development efforts to differ materially from those anticipated by some of the statements made above. Additional information concerning these and other risk factors is contained in the “Risk Factors” section of the Proxy Statement dated October 17, 1995, the company's Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 29, 1996 and the Company's Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ending June 28, 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. 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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