CUPERTINO, Calif --December 14, 1998-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in utility software for business and personal computing, today announced that pcANYWHERE32 v8.0 will be included on every FTD Mercury Wings computer system throughout the United States and Canada. Mercury Wings is FTD's new Windows NT-based hardware/software system available to more than 21,000 florists through the U.S. and Canada as well as by 54,000 florists in 153 countries around the world.
pcANYWHERE32 will provide FTD Florists the ability to easily access the FTD Help Desk securely and reliably anytime, anywhere, to receive hands-on technical support. This support allows FTD to provide a greater level of service to its customers and simplify the florists' experience with the Help Desk while reducing FTD's support costs. Norton AntiVirus will provide FTD Florist systems with state-of-the-art virus protection at all virus entry points, including shared floppy disks, the Internet, e-mail attachments, and networks. Mercury Wings users receive free upgrades on all business programs, including Norton AntiVirus and pcANYWHERE, that come preinstalled on the systems, thereby minimizing the problems associated with using outdated technology.
"With the inclusion of powerhouse applications such as Symantec's Norton AntiVirus and pcANYWHERE, Mercury Wings offers a whole new level of big-time capabilities to even the smallest floral shops," said Bob Norton, President and CEO of FTD. "Norton AntiVirus and pcANYWHERE add valuable protection and support capabilities to our thousands of Mercury Wings users worldwide."
"We are excited to be part of FTD's unique system that was designed to offer florist shop owners the finest business tools available today," said Enrique Salem, vice president of Symantec's Security and Assistance Business Unit. "With Norton AntiVirus and pcANYWHERE on all Mercury Wings systems, FTD businesses are receiving the most powerful and popular virus protection and remote control software applications on the market."
About Norton AntiVirus
Norton AntiVirus 5.0 protects Mercury Wings computers with the world's most powerful anti-virus capabilities. New features in version 5.0 include Scan and Deliver, which allows users to e-mail potentially infected files to the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC) for analysis and receive a response and/or a fix within seven days, as well as Quarantine, which provides users a safe and simple vehicle for isolating suspicious files.
Version 5.0 also offers the ability to quickly download only the new virus definitions a user needs, enabling users to maintain complete virus protection even while on the road. In addition, version 5.0 provides for more frequent, weekly virus definition updates, which are fully tested. Norton AntiVirus 5.0 also features improved handling of compressed file formats, supporting ZIP, LZEXE, LHA, and LZH files, thereby providing international FTD businesses with virus protection for regional compressed file formats and protecting Internet users from the growing threat of virus infection through compressed file e-mail attachments.
In addition, Norton AntiVirus 5.0 includes powerful technologies designed specifically to prevent virus infection from Internet sources. Symantec added its new Trojan Horse detection engine to the AutoProtect feature in version 5.0 to guard users against online programs that may steal passwords or destroy data. Norton AntiVirus 5.0 also includes state-of-the-art technology that automatically blocks hackers and destructive ActiveX code and Java applets from entering a user's computer.
Norton AntiVirus 5.0 is part of Symantec's suite of multi-tier virus protection products designed to protect the enterprise at the desktop, server, Internet, and gateway levels. Symantec's Norton AntiVirus products have received numerous awards since January 1998, including PC Magazine's Editor's Choice in 1998 for Best AntiVirus Utility for the third year in a row, as well as the magazine's 1997 Best AntiVirus Utility award, PC World's Best Buy, and PC Computing's A-List. In addition, for the third time this year, Virus Bulletin awarded a Norton AntiVirus product its coveted 100% Award for detecting all in-the-wild viruses in VB's comprehensive test sets.
pcANYWHERE32 v8.0 includes features that help FTD Florists stay productive and minimize connection charges. In addition, pcANYWHERE automatically knows the type of computer and modem combination the user is utilizing, thereby providing quick plug-and-play capabilities. For ease of use, pcANYWHERE includes wizards that walk the user through the process of connecting to his or her office PC.
Founded by a group of florists in 1910, FTD is the world's largest floral organization and the only to offer consumers a 100 percent Satisfaction Guarantee. The company links 21,000 florists through the U.S. and Canada and through its international affiliates, and connects over 54,000 florists in 140 countries around the world. For more information, contact the FTD web site at www.ftd.com.
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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