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Symantec Commits to Support Future Apple OS Development Efforts

CUPERTINO, Calif. --Jan. 7, 1997-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq:SYMC) today announced continued support of Apple Corporation's operating systems development. Apple's twin track OS approach allows Symantec to develop leading-edge products catering to users' individual needs on each operating system.

"It is important that our customers can remain state-of-the-art and still be protected by the best tools and utilities available today," said Mary Engstrom, vice-president, product marketing, Symantec Security and Assistance Business Unit. "We are committed to develop our leading tools for both Mac OS 7.x and Apple's next generation OS , called Rhapsody, moving forward, providing the best software solutions available into the next century."

Symantec will continue developing the market-leading Norton Utilities for Macintosh among their other top-selling software solutions. These products will be made available to users who move forward with Mac OS 7.x and those who migrate to Apple's next generation Rhapsody track which integrates Apple and NeXT technology. As the Mac OS enters the next generation, Symantec will continue providing the tools users need to be protected and efficient.

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 included 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 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 obtained in the "Risk Factors" section of the Proxy statement dated July 29, 1996, the company's annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 29, 1996 and the Company's Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ending September 27, 1996.

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