CUPERTINO, Calif. -- December 11, 1996 -- Web application development has come a long way in the last twelve months since JavaSoft released JavaTM. Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq:SYMC) used its extensive experience with development environments to become the first company to provide Symantec Café, a graphical Java development tool that features Symantec's award-winning integrated development environment. Being in the market early allowed Symantec to learn what Java developers needed and Symantec was then able to create a variety of products to meet those needs. The Symantec Internet Tools division has pioneered the ability to quickly provide quality, high-end tools for Java on Windows and Macintosh. As new technologies were created, they were aggressively incorporated into the Café product line so that our customers always had the latest and most powerful tools and Symantec became known for having the fastest compilers and the most advanced debugger. In weeks, Symantec is expected to have the only integrated Java database developer environment. Now the press community and users alike are acknowledging and endorsing the Symantec line of products from Café to Visual Café Pro.
In the January 7th issue of PC Magazine, Symantec's Visual Café has won Editors' Choice against Java WorkShop and Microsoft Visual J++. Also at the recent PC Computing Awards at Fall Comdex, Symantec Café won Most Valuable Product in the Web Development category. Also at Comdex, Symantec Visual Café Pro won Byte Magazine's award for Best Development software against Borland's Open J Builder "Latté" and Borland's C++ Builder "Ebony". Symantec Café also has won the Editor's Choice for ZD Internet Magazine's roundup for Java development tools in their December issue against Microsoft J++, Java Workshop, SourceCraft's NetCraft, Jfactory and Penumbra's Mojo. Symantec Café also won Java Developer's Journal World Class Award and has won the 1996 Product of the Year award from LAN Magazine in Australia for the Java Tools category.
In addition, Netscape Corporation announced that they would be working with Symantec Corporation to promote Visual Café as the preferred visual Java development environment for the Netscape ONE open network environment. In addition, Netscape also licensed Symantec's Java Just-In-Time (JIT) compiler version 2 for inclusion in Netscape's Navigator software for the Windows and Macintosh platforms and Symantec's Visual Café Pro, the first visual Java Rapid Application Development (RAD) tool for developing applets and applications that connect to relational databases.
"We have spent a tremendous amount of effort to provide the latest capabilities to Java developers, in terms of stability, performance, and ease of visual design and development for both Windows and Macintosh platforms," said Mansour Safai, general manager of the Internet Tools Division. "We are very pleased that our customers and the press are recognizing our efforts. The Symantec Café professional development environment, along with the Visual Café, visual rapid application development environment line, were designed to provide the easiest, yet powerful means for developers to generate Internet and Intranet Java applications."
What our Users are Saying
"We are very impressed with Symantec Café and have made it a key tool for our own in-house Java development. We're working to make sure that Café and Visual Café work seamlessly with our Castanet product to dramatically simplify the development and deployment cycle of Java applications."
-- Kim Polese, CEO of Marimba, Inc.
"Symantec Café is the sole development tool for Corel Office for Java, the first office productivity suite for this new platform. Café's complete set of tools and its integrated development and debugging environment allow us to deliver one of the most extensive and ambitious Java programming efforts currently under way."
-- Chris Biber, Technology Evangelist, Corel Corporation
"Symantec Café has increased our programmers' productivity while we were developing exciting and cutting edge Java products over the past year. We are very excited about the announcement of Visual Café which will dramatically increase the ease of development of Java projects and will catalyze the adoption of Java worldwide."
-- Jack Hidary, CEO of EarthWeb, makers of Gamelan
"We are pleased to have Symantec as a participant in the San Francisco Project and to work together toward developing first-ever high-level business components written in Java."
-- Steve Ladwig, general manager, Network Computing and Solution Frameworks, IBM Worldwide General Business
"As a Café user I can say that it is an excellent product."
-- Jeremy Rosenberger, Hughes Aircraft Company
"Since you're a professional, and you use Win95/NT or Macintosh, I strongly suggest running out and buying a copy of Symantec Café. It's got a FAST compiler (the fastest), rich set of features (project management, class browser, class diagrammer, source editor, debugger, API documentation, etc.), and the release of Visual Café promises to be even better. I've been surfing these newsgroups for a long time now, and I'd have to say Café has the lion's share of the accolades."
-- Phil Hargett, Java developer
Pricing and Availability
Symantec Café for Windows Version 1.51 and Power Macintosh Version DR2 are available on the Symantec Café website (http://cafe.symantec.com) and in the retail channel for an estimated retail price of US $79.95 for Windows and US $99.95 for Macintosh. Visual Café for Windows and Visual Café Pro for Windows are expected to be available for purchase shortly on the Symantec Café website (http://cafe.symantec.com). Visual Café is expected to be available for an estimated retail price of US $199.95 for Windows and Macintosh and Visual Café Pro is expected to be available for Windows for an estimated retail price of US $499.95. The Windows products run on Windows 95 and Windows NT. Visual Café for the Power Macintosh is expected to be available shortly.
Sun Microsystems, Inc.'s Java is the de facto standard platform for network computing.
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, such as Windows 95 and the importance of new Symantec products. Additional information concerning those 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 29, 1996 and the company's quarterly report on form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended September 27, 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 has offices in the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan and Europe. 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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