CUPERTINO, Calif. - July 15, 1998 - Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in utility software for business and personal computing, today announced Norton 2000, a comprehensive corporate Year 2000 solution for desktop PCs and distributed computing environments. Norton 2000 includes data scanning as well as an application scan database and BIOS test and fix. In addition, Norton 2000 includes Symantec's powerful LiveUpdate and Norton System Center to make it easier for corporations to update and distribute software throughout an enterprise.
Norton 2000 will be available in two phases. The corporate version will be available at the end of July. In September, Symantec will deliver a retail version for end users.
"Today, companies as well as individual users are recognizing the need for solutions that resolve the century date problem on desktop PCs," said Enrique Salem, vice president of Symantec's Security and Assistance Business Unit. "Norton 2000 was created to provide users with an alternative to the many current Y2K products offered by less mature software vendors. With Norton 2000, users have a solution they can trust to deal with Y2K problems effectively."
One of the most critical issues organizations face with the approach of the next millennium is how to monitor spreadsheets and databases for Y2K problems. Companies have been entering important data as two digit dates for years. Calculations are based on those dates being accurate. Unfortunately, that is not always the case and important information can be made erroneous through a misinterpretation of a two digit date. Even if a company can agree on a "cusp" or point at which a two digit date changes from 19xx to 20xx, the applications which create these files are inconsistent with the point at which they roll over the date, further increasing the ambiguity.
To help solve this vexing problem, Norton 2000 includes a data scanning component that not only discovers Y2K problems in these complex files, but also generates a customizable report detailing findings to assist the customers in repairing severe problems in their datafiles. Norton 2000 scans the following files: Excel versions 3, 4, 5, 95, and 97; Lotus 1-2-3 versions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 97, Quattro Pro version 1 through 8; Access, all versions; dBase III and IV; Clipper; FoxPro; and Paradox. For recent Excel spreadsheets, Norton 2000 color-codes and annotates the spreadsheet to highlight and explain Y2K issues in each affected cell.
In addition, Norton 2000 tests and fixes time clock hardware and the BIOS. Users can automatically install the fix or test their machines. Unlike other BIOS scans, Norton 2000 creates a boot floppy to test the BIOS in a safe environment, thereby preventing users from inadvertently destroying data, program configurations or expiring timed licenses during testing. Norton 2000 offers a BIOS/hardware analysis and repair rate of 99 percent.
Another common issue users will have to address with the Year 2000 involves common applications. In September, Symantec will add functionality to Norton 2000 to enable it to scan popular applications and alert the user of problems the applications' manufacturers have discovered. This functionality will be available in both the corporate and retail versions.
Symantec will keep the database of compliant applications current through the use of LiveUpdate, Symantec's update utility program. Symantec will also include the Norton System Center as another component of Norton 2000. Norton System Center allows for quick and easy software distribution and data collection.
Norton 2000 will be available at the end of the month.
Versions of Norton 2000 will be available for Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows NT.
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