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Symantec's Just-In-Time (JIT) Java Compiler 3.0 Runs Java Applets and Applications 50% Faster

New Version of JIT From Industry Leading Supplier of Internet Development Tools Delivers Breakthrough Speed Improvements to Java® Developers and Internet Users

Cupertino, Calif. --January 14, 1998--Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq:SYMC), the leading provider of Internet development tools, announced today the availability of Version 3 of its defacto industry standard Just in Time Java® bytecode compiler (JIT), released test scores that show Symantec's JIT outperforms any other JIT available today — over 50% faster than Microsoft's IE4 JIT.

A JIT is a fundamental component of the Java Virtual Machines, and boosts the execution speed of Java applets and applications by instantly converting Java bytecode to native code on the fly, rather than by being interpreted as bytecode by the Java Virtual Machine. Symantec's JIT 3.0 is an integral part of Symantec's Visual Café for Java line of development tools, and is the JIT integrated into Sun's Java Performance Runtime for Windows as well as into Netscape Communicator.

"Symantec continues to lead in the race to deliver Java performance to the desktops of Internet users and developers," stated Mansour Safai, vice president of Symantec's Internet Tools Division. "Java developers and Internet users have been eagerly anticipating performance improvements to this fast-growing language — we intend to keep them moving up the performance curve by providing the fastest, most seamless speed improvements, integrated into the most popular Internet development tools and browsers."

"We're delighted by Symantec's announcement today," said David Spenhoff, director of product marketing at JavaSoft, a business unit of Sun Microsystems, Inc. "Symantec has consistently provided robust, cutting-edge technologies to Java developers and users, and their JIT 3.0 is another example of an exceptional solution for the Java developer community."

"We selected Visual Cafe for Java for our Java development efforts, because it will enable us to bring our Java products to market faster. With the release of Symantec JIT Version 3.0, Corel customers will now be able to benefit from fast, robust Symantec compiler technology. It's good to see Symantec adding more caffeine to the Java brew," said Rod Schiffman, Manager of Java Development at Corel Corporation.

Tested under the industry's critically accepted benchmarking tests, this new version clearly demonstrates why Symantec's technology is the JIT of choice for major Java ISVs and developers. Running on a 120MHz Pentium with 32MB of RAM, Symantec JIT 3.0 posted an overall Caffeinemark score of 1,676 (vs. 993 for Symantec's earlier version, and 1,085 for Microsoft IE4 — higher is better), turned in a jBTYEMARK index of 10.03 (vs. 7.05 for Symantec's earlier version, and 7.87 for Microsoft IE4 — again, higher is better) and also delivered correspondingly high scores under jMark. (Note to editors: the complete set of test scores is available from http://www.symantec.com/domain/cafe/rguide_21/jit_30.html

Symantec's Internet Development Tools
Symantec's Just-in-Time compiler is a component of Symantec's line of Internet Tools, which include Visual Page, Visual Café for Java Web Development Edition, Visual Café for Java Professional Development Edition, and Visual Café for Java Database Development Edition, available for Windows 95/NT and Macintosh.

Symantec Visual Café has won virtually every award and honor available for Java development tools, including the PC Magazine Award for Technical Excellence, PC Computing MVP Award, developer.com User's Choice, InternetWorld Best of Test, JavaWorld Editor's Choice Award, Java Developer's Journal World Class Award, ZD Internet Net Best, Software Development Jolt Award, Byte Best of Comdex, PC Magazine Editor's Choice, c|net Best of the Net Award, Web Techniques Best Java Tool of the Year Award, among others.

Availability
Symantec's JIT Version 3.0 is available now as an integral part of Visual Café for Java. Visual Café for Java Windows Version 2.0 customers should visit Symantec's update center to download a free upgrade from the Symantec web site. The LiveUpdate feature will be available shortly. Future versions of Sun's Java Performance Runtime for Windows will include Symantec JIT 3.0. For more information, customers should visit http://cafe.symantec.com.

About Java
Java is the de facto standard platform for the network computing, developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc.

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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