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Symantec Ships the Only Integrated Visual Java and Database Application Development Tool

Symantec also announces support for Sun's JDK 1.1 and JavaTM Beans

CUPERTINO, Calif. –- December 30, 1996 –- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq:SYMC) announced today the general availability of Visual Café Pro, the latest in Symantec's comprehensive suite of Internet development tools. Visual Café Pro is the first fully-integrated Visual Rapid Application Development tool for Java and database application solutions and provides distributed database access from anywhere on the Web using only a Java-enabled browser. Additionally, Symantec announced its support for JavaSoft's JDK 1.1 and Java Beans. Symantec is committed to using its experience with Java development tools to support Windows and Macintosh developers by evaluating new Internet technologies, then rapidly incorporating the best of these technologies into its award-winning tools to provide the most complete tools for web application development.

Symantec Visual Café Pro™ is the first Visual Rapid Application Development (RAD) tool for developing applets and applications that connect to relational databases. Wizards make Java database application development a snap by automatically creating forms on top of existing database tables, as well as creating typical web forms and tables. In addition, the developer can quickly view and access database structures and create custom forms by visually dragging and dropping fields to database forms. This is further facilitated by the inclusion of dbAWARE components in the Component Library which are used as building blocks to develop database applications.

Symantec Visual Café Pro includes a local relational database engine to get developers up and running quickly. It also incorporates Symantec dbANYWHERE™ Workgroup Server, Symantec's new middleware application database server technology that allows Java programs to access corporate databases over the Intranet/Internet using a set of APIs that includes JavaSoft's JDBC API and providing distributed databases access from anywhere on the Web. dbANYWHERE Workgroup Server allows database access through any Java enabled browser. dbANYWHERE includes fully-licensed drivers for Sybase SQL Anywhere and Microsoft Access (connection only limited by SQL Anywhere or Access). Direct drivers for Oracle and Sybase databases, Microsoft SQL Server, and ODBC are also included with a 5-connection limit with full licenses available through Symantec's dbANYWHERE Server (available in Q197). Projects built with Symantec Café are automatically migrated to Visual Café or Visual Café Pro.

Pricing and Availability
Symantec Visual Café Pro™ for Windows is currently available for ordering on the Symantec website and is available in the retail channel for an estimated retail price (ERP) of US $499.95. Visual Café Pro is designed to run on Windows 95 and Windows NT 3.51 and NT 4.0. Registered users will receive email notification when revisions of JDK is available on the Symantec website.

Sun Microsystems, Inc.'s Java™ is the de facto standard platform for network computing.

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.

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.

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Symantec, the Symantec logo are U.S. registered trademarks of Symantec Corporation. Symantec Visual Café Pro, Symantec dbANYWHERE are trademarks of Symantec Corporation. Java and Java-based marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

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