Cupertino, Calif --April 13, 1998-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), a leader in the development of mobile software applications, announced today the availability of the beta version of Norton Mobile Essentials, a new application built to meet the needs of laptop users on the road. Symantec is offering free beta to provide customers with a preview of this eagerly anticipated mobile application specifically designed for the mobile professional. Customers can download the beta of Norton Mobile Essentials from the Symantec website at www.symantec.com/nme. Available to customers in May, Norton Mobile Essentials will be the first offering from Symantec designed to maximize productivity and reduce the frustration of connection problems faced by mobile professionals.
"Mobile professionals need the ability to resolve PC mobility problems when on the road," said Christopher Calisi, vice president of Symantec's Remote Productivity Solutions Business Unit. "By providing the beta online, we are allowing customers to evaluate Norton Mobile Essentials in its final stages of development and offering them an advanced look at a valuable solution built to exceed their expectations."
Norton Mobile Essentials was designed for those who travel anywhere in the world and who rely on e-mail, Internet, fax and other forms of PC-based communications to stay productive while out of the office. With Norton Mobile Essentials, all mobile users including employees of large organizations with extensive help desks, as well as employees at small companies, can take advantage of a combination of innovative and automated assistance features.
The majority of laptop users are professionals working out of the office. A growing concern for those professionals is downtime and the inability to work effectively from the road due to PC connectivity problems. Norton Mobile Essentials is designed to maximize the user's capability to utilize communications applications effectively from anywhere. Norton Mobile Essentials helps mobile users prepare for a trip, assists in adjusting computer settings for new locations, and resolves connection problems quickly.-more-
"Norton Before You Go" makes it easy to prepare for a trip. Norton Before You Go helps mobile users quickly ensure that laptops are free from common problems such as improperly configured modems, disk errors and viruses. Norton Before You Go also ensures that the user's data is secure by easily archiving important files to a network or floppy drive. Additionally, Norton Before You Go will provide up-to-date, comprehensive travel information pertaining to destinations around the world that effectively eliminates last-minute travel headaches. One of the biggest fears mobile professionals have before a trip is forgetting something or leaving important information behind. Norton Before You Go also includes a quick checklist for users to ensure nothing is left behind.
Working remotely also brings to light other issues such as the necessity to constantly adjust laptops and software when moving to new locations. On the road, the "Norton Location Controller" makes it easy to begin work immediately in a new location by automatically changing various settings as soon as Windows is started. As mobile workers move from site to site, the printer, dialing, modem and other settings are automatically adjusted.
Most mobile professionals experience PC connection problems when they are on the road. When this occurs, the user is usually traveling alone and after normal business hours. The "Norton Connection Doctor" helps troubleshoot connection problems experienced by mobile professionals. By performing a series of tests, the Connection Doctor is able to determine the cause of most connection problems. It can even analyze the telephone line quality. Norton Connection Doctor also helps determine whether the problem exists on the laptop or the machine the user is trying to reach.
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/PressCenter/ on Symantec's web site.