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Norton 2000 Named Best End-User Software at FOSE '99

Symantec Solution Surpasses Competition in Innovation, Usability, Specifications, and Value

Cupertino, Calif,. - March 23, 1999 - Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in utility software for business and personal computing, today announced that Norton 2000 was named best end-user software at FOSE '99, the largest information technology exposition for the government. This year, FOSE showcased Y2K policy speakers, products, and solutions and presented in-depth, timely methods for addressing Y2K issues. Norton 2000 was the only Y2K product to receive a Best New Product Award at the show.

"FOSE has long been acknowledged as the most important IT event for the U.S. government-one of the largest buyers of information technology in the world," said Enrique Salem, vice president of Symantec's Security and Assistance Business Unit. "Consequently, we are very pleased that this veteran event has recognized Norton 2000 as a superior tool for addressing today's pressing Y2K concerns of government agencies and offices."

FOSE is owned and operated by Post-Newsweek Business Information, Inc. (PNBI), the technology-focused business unit of The Washington Post Company and the leading provider of information in the government IT market. PNBI publications include Government Computer News, government Windows NT, GCN Shopper, GCN State & Local, Contract Souring Guide, Washington Technology, and more.

Government Computer News received 140 entries in 13 categories for the 1999 competition-up from 10 categories in previous years. Sixty-five products made the cut as finalists in the Best New Product Awards. Fourteen GCN editors judged entries in the categories with which they were familiar. A minimum of five editors independently judged each category's entries. Judges scored products for innovation, specifications, usability, and value. The highest qualifying scores earned a spot on the finalist list, and only the best in each category were named winners.

After meticulous evaluation, judges awarded Norton 2000 Best New Product-End-User Software. Norton 2000 is an effective Y2K solution that addresses century-date issues-including data, applications, and the BIOS vulnerabilities-on desktop and laptop PCs.

Norton 2000 continues to earn praise from publications representing both the public and private sectors. In January, Government Computer News awarded Norton 2000 its Reviewer's Choice designation for outperforming its six competitors, and Windows Magazine named Norton 2000 to its influential WinList-the only Y2K solution to receive the recognition.

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