CUPERTINO, Calif. --October 22, 1997-- -- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world's leading supplier of utilities and anti-virus software products, announced today that Symantec's Norton Utilities for Macintosh 3.5 (NUM 3.5) was one of the top-selling Macintosh business software titles according to PC Data's August 1997 Retail Report. Second only to Macintosh Operating System 8, NUM 3.5 has held this position or better since its release in May 1997.
Symantec sold more than 300,000 units of NUM 3.5 in the third quarter of 1997, representing a 70 percent increase in revenue from the previous quarter and more than a 60 percent increase over the top quarter for this product in its history.
"Symantec's robust sales for their quality Mac OS products are proof of the momentum generated by the sales success and positive reaction to Mac OS 8" said David Krathwohl, vice president, developer relations, Apple Computer Inc. "This momentum, coupled with the continued loyalty of Macintosh customers, is creating the conditions for a healthy and vital Macintosh ecosystem."
According to independent research firm PC Data, NUM 3.5 has outsold the next most popular Macintosh business software title by more than 30 percent in August. In fact, PC Data reports that the entire Norton Utilities for Macintosh line has earned a top five position every month this year, including May and June when it was ranked number one.
"Symantec is committed to supporting the Macintosh platform with the state-of-the-art products and high-quality support we've built our reputation on," said Enrique Salem, chief technical officer and vice president, Security and Assistance Business Unit, Symantec. "Our Macintosh customers can feel secure they are protected by the best tools and utilities available today."
NUM 3.5 offers several key benefits including new Norton CrashGuard, which allows users to save data from a crashed application so work is not automatically lost. It also reduces the need to restart the system every time a crash occurs.
"I'm frequently so focused on my work, I forget to save it. Norton CrashGuard has saved me hours of retracing my steps and recreating work I could have lost," said NUM user Geoff Raymond, department of sociology, University of California, Los Angeles. "My computer also runs more smoothly and crashes much less frequently now that I have Norton Utilities to keep everything in top shape."
In addition, NUM 3.5 is offered as a bootable CD-ROM with everything needed to make a Macintosh run smoothly from one CD. The bootable CD-ROM can even make startup disks for many older Macintosh machines that have no CD drive. The Emergency Disk included in NUM 3.5 will boot 68K machines in an emergency so older machines can be protected.
Other key features include a new version of the disk optimization utility, Speed Disk, now twice as fast as its predecessor. It defragments files and optimizes them to run better and faster. NUM 3.5 also offers Speed Disk Profiles so users can customize optimization to best suit their needs.
PC Data's Retail Report is based on units sold by 42 retail and mail order chains, representing more than 70 percent of the total U.S. retail market.
Symantec Corporation helps make users productive and keep their computers safe and reliable anywhere and anytime. Symantec offers a broad range of solutions and is acclaimed as a leader in both customer satisfaction and product brand recognition. The company is focused on addressing customer needs in three main application areas: the Norton Product line of anti-virus and PC-assistance products; the pcANYWHERE, WinFax, and ACT! product lines that cater to remote user productivity; and the Café product lines in Internet development tools.
Founded in 1982, the company's global operations span North America, Europe, Japan, and several fast-growing markets throughout Asia Pacific and Latin America. Traded on Nasdaq under the symbol SYMC, Symantec Corporation is based in Cupertino, California, and employs more than 2,000 people. Information on the company and its products can be obtained by calling (800) 441-7234 toll free, (541) 334-6054, or accessed on the World Wide Web at http://www.symantec.com.
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