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Symantec Visual Café for Java Wins 1998 NewMedia® Magazine Hyper Award

Mountain View, Calif. --February 17, 1998-- Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC), the leading provider of Java development environments, announced today that Visual Café for Java has won NewMedia Magazine's 1998 Hyper Award for best Java Programming Environment. This award joins numerous other industry accolades from prominent industry publications, including recent recognition from BYTE Magazine, InfoWorld, InternetWorld and developer.com that selected Visual Café for Java as the leading Java development tool.

The Hyper Awards honor products that are deemed best in their category by NewMedia editors and contributing experts. Visual Café for Java was selected as the best Java Programming Environment because it embodies the highest level of innovation, technical excellence and customer value in its category. NewMedia readers rely on Hyper Award products, including Visual Café for Java, for the success of their businesses. Visual Café for Java is featured in the special awards section of the March 3 issue of NewMedia magazine and on the company's Web site (http://www.newmedia.com).

"It is a great honor to have Visual Café for Java singled out as the best Java Development Environment by NewMedia Magazine," said Mansour Safai, vice president of Symantec's Internet Tools Division. "Our simple, yet powerful, Java development tool is ideal for content creators and creative professionals to add interactivity to their Web sites."

"Digital professionals look to NewMedia's Hyper Awards when selecting the products and technologies that will take digital media into the 21st century," said NewMedia Chairman & CEO Richard Landry. Hyper Award winners are chosen by the magazine's editorial staff, contributing editors, and other experts, and they represent the highest achievements in innovation and technical excellence. The awards cover 59 categories under the general headings of systems, storage, display, input device, graphics, video, audio, authoring, and Web development.

Visual Café for Java Product Line
Symantec's suite of Java development tools include both HTML and Java authoring products, designed to address the complete range of Internet development needs. Internet development tools offered by Symantec include Visual Page, Visual Cafe for Java 2.0 Web Development Edition, Visual Cafe for Java 2.5 Professional Development Edition and Visual Cafe for Java 2.5 Database Development Edition.

Symantec Visual Cafe has won virtually every award available for Java development tools, including PC Magazine Award for Technical Excellence 1997, JavaWorld Editor's Choice Award 1997, PC Computing MVP Winner 1997, Java Developer's Journal World Class Award, the InfoWorld Best of the Test Center, InternetWorld Best of Test, Byte Editor's Choice Award, developer.com User's Choice 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.

Pricing and Availability
Symantec's Visual Café for Java 2.0 Web Development Edition is available now for an Estimated Retail Price (ERP) of $99.00. Symantec's Visual Café for Java 2.5, Professional Development Edition and the Database Development Edition will be available this quarter for Windows 95/NT at an ERP of $299.00 and $799.95 (a $1,999.95 value) respectively. Version 2.0 and 2.1 customers should use the LiveUpdate feature to download a free upgrade from the Symantec Web site. Upgrades from Symantec Visual Cafe are also available from Symantec for $99. For more information, customers should call 1-800-453-1059, or visit http://cafe.symantec.com.

About NewMedia Magazine
NewMedia magazine, the magazine for creators of the digital future, is published by HyperMedia Communications, Inc. The magazine specializes in comprehensive comparative product reviews supported by the NewMedia Lab, a state-of-the-art digital testing studio. NewMedia serves 215,000 professionals who buy and use digital media products and services.

About Java
Java is a programming language developed by Sun Microsystems for developing cross-platform applications across the public Internet and corporate intranets. Sun Microsystems, Inc.'s Java, is the de facto standard platform for network computing.

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 Cafe 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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