CUPERTINO, CA - January 14, 1999 - Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in utility software for business and personal computing, today announced that WinFax PRO were named best utility and fax programs, respectively, by thousands of voters in the Fifth Annual Computer Currents Readers' Choice Awards. Since the awards program was initiated in 1994, Norton Utilities and WinFax PRO have dominated the utility and fax software categories each year, culminating in this most recent win published in the December 8, 1998, issue.
"The Readers' Choice Awards provide an invaluable, clear picture of what consumers-the toughest critics-really use in their everyday business transactions," said Enrique Salem, vice president of Symantec's Security and Assistance Business Unit. "As a result, we are very pleased that so many users find in our products the features they want and need to be more effective and productive in today's competitive business world."
Each year since 1994, Computer Currents magazine polls its readers, most of whom are seasoned computer users, to determine which hardware and software products they favor, and then publishes the results at year's end. Editor-in-chief Robert Luhn wrote of the first year's winners in 1994, "[This award] is a sure sign of a product you can count on-after all, it was chosen by thousands of your fellow readers, often based on years of use." That year, Norton Utilities and WinFax PRO received an overwhelming majority of votes. This year, in which Computer Currents editors claimed "the do-it-yourself ethic" prevails, the products continued to dominate their categories as 43 percent of respondents voted for Norton Utilities as top utility program and 57 percent voted for WinFax PRO as best fax program.
About Norton Utilities and WinFax PRO
Norton Utilities provides consumers with crash protection, registry repair and optimization, and disaster recovery-the help that users regularly need-in a single simple-to-use package. More importantly, Norton Utilities not only finds problems, but it goes a critical step farther and offers clear, prioritized recommendations for the best way to solve those problems. As a result, Norton Utilities is an indispensable tool for maintaining computer systems at peak performance levels.
WinFax PRO provides computer-based faxing, including both send and receive capabilities. Using WinFax PRO, users can fax their documents to any fax number in the world, anytime. WinFax PRO also provides a wide variety of features for personalizing and automating faxes, and includes fax preview, fax compression, scheduled faxing, and calling card support.
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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