CUPERTINO, Calif. Oct. 18, 1999 - Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: "SYMC") today announced strategic partnerships with Internet superstore Beyond.com (Nasdaq: "BYND") and Fatbrain.com (Nasdaq: "FATB"), the Internet's most comprehensive professional bookstore, to provide upgrade and information services to subscribers of Norton Web Services, the Internet's best place to help keep a PC problem-free. Norton Web Services' new LiveUpdate Pro service will recommend purchasable upgrades to software products as well as books relating to software the subscriber has on their system. These new partnerships will give customers an easier way to find and purchase software upgrades directly from Beyond.com's selection of more than 1.6 million software and other digital products as well as from Fatbrain.com's world-class selection of technical and business books and training materials.
"Beyond.com and Fatbrain.com provide the Web's best selection of software and books. These services combined with Norton Web Services' powerful search and updating technology deliver an outstanding value to customers in keeping their machine up-to-date with the latest software and information," said Enrique Salem, vice president of Symantec¹s Security and Assistance Business Unit. "Our partnerships with Beyond.com and Fatbrain.com represent time saving tools that will result in increased uptime and personal productivity by making relevant products and information easily accessible to customers any time and anywhere."
Norton Web Services is a subscription-based Internet site offering software updating, computer virus protection, Y2K system analysis, and other services. Last year, its LiveUpdate Pro service was called the best-designed update service by PC Magazine; since then, Norton Web Services has firmly established itself as one of the top software updating sites on the Internet. Available only through Norton Web Services, LiveUpdate Pro locates and helps customers install free software updates, hardware drivers, and program add-ons from a wide range of manufacturers, including Symantec.
"Beyond.com is committed to helping customers get the maximum value out of their computer throughout the ownership experience from original purchase to product and software upgrades," said Jim Lussier, vice president and general manager of the Direct eCommerce Solutions group at Beyond.com. "Now Norton Web Services' customers can learn what software upgrades they need and have them downloaded immediately or delivered to their doorstep. This partnership builds on our already strong relationship with Symantec. Beyond.com has created and continues to manage domestic and international online software stores for Symantec."
"Symantec is recognized as a leader in offering crucial services that computer users expect and rely on," said Dennis Capovilla, vice president of business development for Fatbrain.com. "This partnership provides a true complement to the offerings of Norton Web Services by supplying customers instant access to Fatbrain.com's unrivalled selection of professional books and resources."
Beyond.com sells commercial off-the-shelf software to the government, enterprise and corporate and consumer markets, offering its customers a better place to buy software. Visitors to the company's online store http://beyond.com enjoy an expansive election of software backed by customer service and competitive pricing. Beyond.com offers more than 1.6 million software and other digital products, including software stock-keeping units (SKUs) for online purchase from such major publishers as Adobe Systems Inc., IBM Corp., Lotus Development Corp., Microsoft Corp., Sun Microsystems Inc. and Symantec Corp; hardware; computing devices; and digital images in different file formats, including jpeg, gif and mpf through a strategic marketing alliance with IMSI. The company has established strategic marketing alliances with America Online Inc., CNET Inc., Compaq Computer Corp., Excite@Home, HP Shopping Village, Road Runner/ServiceCo, Yahoo! Inc. and ZDNet. Additionally, Beyond.com offers software publishers, hardware manufacturers and systems OEMs e-commerce solutions including publishers transaction processing, physical and electronic order fulfillment, customer support, site design consultation, marketing support and reporting. The company has applied for federal registration of the marks BEYOND.COM and BEYOND DOT COM. Beyond.com Corporation trades on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol ("BYND"). More information on the company can be found in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC").
Symantec is a world leader in Internet security technology and technology solutions that help companies manage and support workforces that use laptop computers and other mobile devices.
The company is a leading provider of software products for the consumer market and is rapidly growing its presence as a provider of solutions to enterprise organizations
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