Cupertino, Calif. --March 23, 1998-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq:SYMC), the worldwide leader in PC communications software, and Hewlett-Packard Company announced today that they are in the final stages of negotiating a worldwide agreement that will incorporate pcANYWHERE32, the leading remote-control software package, on all HP Brio PCs for small and medium companies without an information technology (IT) staff. As a special promotion, HP will provide pcANYWHERE32 free of charge to its resellers.
This means that HP resellers can now remotely support HP Brio PCs, lowering reseller support costs while increasing customer service – a major milestone in HP's ongoing effort to provide "virtual IT" for its customers without dedicated information technology (IT) support.
"We are thrilled to be partnering with a leader in the small business PC market. The HP's new Brio PCs along with pcANYWHERE32 will provide HP's resellers unprecedented support for its customers while expanding HP's support business," said Christopher
Calisi, vice president of the Remote Productivity Solutions Business Unit at Symantec. "pcANYWHERE32 is the leading remote control/help-desk solution that will provide customers the ability to get service from the resellers, quickly and easily, improving productivity, and lowering their support costs."
"We're excited to be working with Symantec, given its worldwide presence and reputation for product quality," said Eric Cador, general manager of HP's Small Business Computing Operation. "This partnership complements our continued efforts to provide innovative solutions for businesses to manage PCs without having to hire an IT staff."
pcANYWHERE Host is being installed on every HP Brio PC and HP NetServer E series system, and pcANYWHERE32 is being provided to HP for distribution to resellers through a special pcANYWHERE Remote Support Tool promotion. The promotion is being launched in North America this month, and will be extended into other regions in the coming months.
Additionally, HP's resellers will be able to expand pcANYWHERE's remote support solution to their entire installed base by purchasing Symantec's retail version of pcANYWHERE.
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Hewlett-Packard Company is a leading global provider of computing, Internet and intranet solutions, services, communications products and measurement solutions, all of which are recognized for excellence in quality and support. HP has 123,300 employees and had revenue of $42.9 billion in its 1997 fiscal year.
Information about HP and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at www.hp.com or users can go directly to HP Brio information at www.hp.com/go/brio or HP's Small Business Web Resource Center at www.hp.com/go/smallbiz.
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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