CUPERTINO, Calif. --April 2, 1997-- Symantec Corporation, (Nasdaq:SYMC) the leading provider of Java development tools, introduced today the Visual Café Coalition, a new alliance dedicated to jointly promote progressive Java-technology companies. This new coalition rewards Symantec partners, who have proven the viability of Symantec's Java development tools, promising aggressive program development that will provide superior technology benefits to the Java-development market. More than 80 coalition partners represent a rapidly growing number of companies committed to the success of Symantec's Visual Café line of products.
"The who's who of the Java-technology industry have rallied behind the Visual Café Coalition because our products enable their businesses to flourish," said Mansour Safai, general manager of Symantec's Internet Tools Division. "Their endorsement of Symantec's tools and our plans for the future, is a true testament to our mission of remaining the leading provider of Java development tools."
Visual Café Coalition members take advantage of program benefits such as an aggressive promotional campaign supported by the full-range of Symantec's marketing and PR programs. Promotional materials include an "Optimized for Visual Café" logo and animated .gif, as well as cross-promotional opportunities with Symantec on their Web site and at industry trade shows.
Companies who have joined the Visual Café Coalition include:
As with its entire spectrum of development tools, Symantec is making good on its commitment to the Macintosh development community by delivering the most complete set Java development tools, which includes Café, Visual Café (Rapid Application Development environment for Java) and Visual Page (WYSIWYG HTML authoring tool). Netscape recently pledged its support for the Symantec approach with their recently announced partnership to license the Symantec Just-in-Time compiler for the Macintosh.
How The Program Works
The Visual Café Coalition program is a no-fee partnership program for companies who provide a Java component, Java library, or add-on tool sold directly to developers. Partner companies agree that integration of their products with Visual Café will keep pace with new releases of the Symantec product as the technology evolves. Symantec will provide extensive integration information to ensure Coalition members' success, along with extensive promotional opportunities.
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 Symantecís future development efforts 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, changes to operating systems and product strategy by vendors of operating systems, 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 December 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’s global operations span North America, Europe, Japan and several fast growing markets throughout Asia Pacific and Latin America. Information on the company and its products can be obtained by calling (541) 334-6054 or toll free (800) 441-7234.
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