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Symantec and Platinum technology, Inc. Announce Strategic Business Alliance

- PLATINUM extends security offerings with Norton AntiVirus and is chosen as preferred provider of consulting and education for Symantec's Visual Café for Java Enterprise Suite -

Cupertino, Calif --September 23, 1998-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC) and PLATINUM technology, inc. (Nasdaq: PLAT) today announced they have entered into a strategic business alliance that will benefit their customers through product and services offerings in key information technology areas, including security and application development.

As part of the collaboration between the two companies, PLATINUM will offer Symantec's Norton AntiVirus product as an extension of PLATINUM's enterprise information security and desktop management solutions. PLATINUM will also become a preferred consulting and education provider in support of Visual Café for Java Enterprise Suite, Symantec's development tool offering for building Java-based applications.

"Symantec's strategy is to partner with other leaders to serve our large company customers. PLATINUM targets Global 10,000 companies with great success. Along with our relationships with IBM and other vendors, this business alliance represents an important element of our corporate strategy," said Gordon Eubanks, president of Symantec. "There is great synergy between our two companies in terms of our focus on customer needs. We expect to develop this relationship in the future."

"Symantec offers exceptional antivirus technology, strengthened by its relationship with IBM, that complements PLATINUM's extensive security offerings," said Andrew "Flip" Filipowski, PLATINUM's chairman, president, and CEO. "By working with Symantec, we're offering our customers an even broader range of high-quality tools, solutions and education to help them meet their key business goals."

PLATINUM is now providing Norton AntiVirus as a virus protection solution to customers implementing PLATINUM's enterprise information security and desktop management solutions. Customers will be able to purchase Norton AntiVirus directly from PLATINUM, along with PLATINUM's security and desktop management products.

For customers using Symantec's Visual Café for Java to develop enterprise applications, PLATINUM is providing consulting and education services supporting the implementation of the Visual Café tools. To further support the Java community, Symantec and PLATINUM are working together to develop a Java certification program, which will be offered through PLATINUM's education division.

About PLATINUM technology, inc.
PLATINUM technology, inc., headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace, IL, had 1997 revenues of $739 million. PLATINUM provides software and services that help IT organizations manage and improve the IT infrastructure. Solutions include database and systems management, data warehousing and decision support, application lifecycle, Internet commerce, and Year 2000 reengineering. For information visit

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

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