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Symantec Releases JITspeed for Netscape Communicator and Navigator

- Industry's Fastest Just In Time Compiler Provides Dramatically Improved Java Performance -

Cupertino, Calif --August 31, 1998-- Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC) announced today the availability of its industry-leading Just-in-Time (JIT) Compiler, JITspeed, for use with Netscape Communicator or Navigator 4.x. Working within the Netscape browser, JITspeed provides on-the-fly translation of Java code into machine code for dramatically improved performance of Java-rich Web pages and applications. In addition, JITspeed generates code that is optimized better than any other JIT, which results in faster execution of the Java applets.

JITspeed features easy, one-step installation. Netscape Communicator and Navigator users can download JITspeed quickly, install it in seconds and immediately take advantage of enhanced Java performance.

"Developers and IT managers tell us Web application speed is of tremendous concern to today's increasingly online-centric enterprise," noted Mansour Safai, vice president of Symantec's Internet Tools Division. "For years, our JIT compiler has been helping developers compile at incredible speeds offline. We're pleased that JITspeed's on-the-fly compilation will have a direct benefit to online users and to organizations doing mission-critical business on the Web."

About Symantec's JITspeed
A refinement of Symantec's JIT 3.0, JITspeed results in Java applets running up to 200% faster (for benchmark results visit http://www.symantec.com/domain/cafe/jit.html). JITspeed can be quickly set up through a foolproof, one-step installation process. JITspeed is used by Navigator and Communicator to compile Java code into machine code when Web pages containing Java applets are loaded. JITspeed saves the machine code in native form so that each section of a Java program only needs to be translated once. Symantec has released a version for Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows NT along with a version for Macintosh PowerPC.

JITspeed is immediately available via Web download for $39.95. Developers and users interested in obtaining JITspeed can download it directly from the Symantec Internet Tools Web site at http://cafe.symantec.com.

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. Symantec's suite of Java development tools and products include Symantec's Just-In-Time Compiler, Visual Café for Java Enterprise Suite, Visual Café for Java 2.5 Database Development Edition, Visual Café for Java 2.5 Professional Development Edition, Visual Café for Java 2.0 Web Development Edition and Visual Page.

About Symantec
Symantec is the world leader in utility software for business and personal computing. Symantec products and solutions help 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. Symantec is traded on Nasdaq under the symbol SYMC. More information on the company and its products can be obtained at www.symantec.com.

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