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Symantec and BEA Announce Java-Based Transaction Processing

Companies Working Toward Tighter Integration With Symantec Visual Café

Cupertino, Calif. --December 15, 1997--Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC), the leading provider of Java development environments, today announced that Visual Café for Java interoperates with BEA JoltTM from BEA Systems, Inc. (NASDQ:BEAS), helping customers to develop enterprise transaction processing applications over the Internet more rapidly and easily.

Web-enabled access is driving rapid market growth for Java development tools and enterprise transaction processing. Symantec Visual Café for Java targets customers who need to rapidly develop and deploy new Java based business applications. BEA Jolt targets the Java developer who needs to quickly develop and deploy transaction processing applications that communicate with the BEA TUXEDOÒ transaction processing system. Together, Symantec Visual Café for Java, BEA Jolt, and BEA TUXEDO offer a complete solution for creating and running integrated enterprise applications using Java.

BEA, a leading provider of cross platform enterprise middleware solutions, has reinforced its commitment to rapid application deployment by certifying the Java object library delivered in BEA Jolt to be compatible with Symantec Visual Café for Java. BEA plans to enable future versions of BEA Jolt to take advantage of the Symantec Open API for Visual Café for Java, further simplifying BEA TUXEDO application development for the Java programmer.

"We are pleased to partner with BEA because it brings us one step closer to what our customers have been asking for in the enterprise space," says Mansour Safai, vice president of Symantec's Internet Tools Division. "We continue to maintain our leadership in the Java development tools market by listening to our customers and providing solutions. Our customers are looking for a development tool that will allow them to easily integrate with enterprise systems such as BEA TUXEDO. This relationship today is a positive step toward providing the integrated enterprise solutions that our customers want."

BEA TUXEDO is the most widely deployed open transactional middleware for building, deploying, and managing high-performance and reliable distributed applications. BEA TUXEDO handles not only distributed transaction processing, but also application messaging and a full complement of services necessary to build and run enterprise-wide applications. It helps enable developers to create applications that span multiple hardware platforms, databases, and operating systems with the freedom to mix and match those platforms to best fit the application environment.

"We believe global businesses are headed toward an industry shift in which computing technology will be based on standardized business-oriented components," says Jeri Edwards, vice president of product strategy and planning for BEA. "This relationship with Symantec provides our customers with a key component to develop serious Java enterprise solutions. By providing access to BEA TUXEDO and BEA Jolt from directly within Visual Café for Java, we believe all of our customers will benefit."

Visual Café for Java is the third generation release of Symantec's award winning Café line behind Café and Visual Café, and is designed for use by developers who need to write, debug and deploy Java applications that interface with relational databases. Visual Café for Java comes in three versions: Visual Café for Java Web Development Edition, Visual Café for Java Professional Development Edition, and Visual Café for Java Database Development Edition. The Visual Café for Java Database Development Edition includes Symantec's powerful Java IDE, Symantec's dbANYWHERE middleware server solution, Symantec's Visual Page HTML authoring application, Netscape FastTrack Web server, Netscape Communicator Web browser, 100 plus JavaBeans including database-enabled beans, 20 database templates, JFC, JDK 1.1.4, native compilation, incremental debugging, and is the most complete solution for Java development.

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About BEA
BEA Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of cross-platform middleware solutions for enterprise applications. BEA's products and services enable mission-critical, distributed applications that work seamlessly in client/server, Internet, and legacy environments. BEA provides transactional, messaging, and distributed object-based software for developing and deploying these enterprise applications. In addition to its product line, BEA provides complete solutions through its extensive partner network, and a full range of services including consulting, training, and support. BEA is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., with 41 offices around the globe. The company's common stock trades on the NASDAQ National Market under the symbol "BEAS." Additional information on BEA is available on the Internet at http://www.beasys.com.

About Symantec's Internet Tools Division
The Symantec Internet Tools Division pioneered the Java development tools market by delivering the first development product for Java in March 1996. Since then, the division has continued to develop, market and support a complete line of Java development tools worldwide, bringing the latest advances in Java technology to Internet developers.

About Symantec
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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