Cupertino, Calif. June 16, 1999 - Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in utility software for business and personal computing, today announced that Norton AntiVirus 5.0 was named the 1999 Software Product of the Year by Windows Magazine. In addition, seven Symantec products currently top Windows Magazine's exclusive WinList of recommended products. Only software giant Microsoft has more software solutions on the list, published in the June issue of the magazine.
"The continued widespread recognition the trade press has given to so many Symantec products helps strengthen our dedication to providing consumers with best-of-breed solutions that make computing safer, easier and more productive," said Enrique Salem, vice president of Symantec's Security and Assistance Business Unit.
Once a year, the technical experts and editors at Windows Magazine revisit the thousands of products reviewed over the past year and consider each based on its innovation, ability to meet real business needs, cost-effectiveness, ease of use and the vendor's service and support. Then rigorous scrutiny is applied to determine which of these products merit the top honors of hardware and software products of the year.
As the 1999 Software Product of the Year, Norton AntiVirus 5.0 was praised by Windows Magazine editors who said the product "remains easy to use, retains its best features and adds a few new conveniences." Editors further stated that "small refinements uphold its (the product's) excellent reputation; and scanning is as fast as ever."
In addition, on a monthly basis, Windows Magazine editors test, evaluate, and compare hundreds of hardware and software products. Only the best rise to the WinList. Products remain on the list as long as they lead their categories. Symantec's Norton AntiVirus, Norton SystemWorks, ACT!, WinFax, Norton Ghost, Mobile Essentials, and Norton 2000 top this month's WinList.
Symantec's Norton AntiVirus 5.0 took its place on the WinList in November 1998; editors praised it for "excellent virus protection; now lets you quarantine new viruses." Windows Magazine editors stated "the best utilities and the
best integration make the best utility suite," and named Norton SystemWorks Professional Edition 2.0 to the WinList in May 1999. ACT! 4.0 has remained on the WinList since June 1998; editors described it as "easy to use or customize; the best general purpose, networkable contact manager." WinFax PRO 9.0 has remained on the WinList since January 1999; editors wrote, "most features in fax software; easy to install and use; good price."
Norton Ghost 5.1 has retained its spot on the WinList since September 1998, when editors called it "the best utility for copying hard drives through enterprises." Mobile Essentials first topped the WinList in August 1998; since then, editors have continued to refer to it as "a welcome utility for professionals preparing to compute while on the road." Norton 2000 Corporate Edition took its place on the WinList for the first time in February 1999; "the best Y2K hardware and software checker combined in one network-friendly package," noted editors.
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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