CUPERTINO, Calif. - April 2, 2001 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), a world leader in Internet security technology, today announced that Norton AntiVirus 7.0 for Macintosh, Norton Utilities 6.0.for Macintosh, Norton SystemWorks for Macintosh, and Norton Internet Security for Macintosh support Apple's new Mac OS X platform through bootable compact disk and Mac OS 9.1, included with Mac OS X. Users of Mac OS X will immediately benefit from many of Symantec's market-leading innovations in Internet security, award-winning anti-virus protection and state-of-the-art problem-solving tools to provide comprehensive Macintosh computing solutions.
Macintosh customers using computers released before 2001, as well as the 2001 Titanium PowerBook, can run the current versions of Symantec's Macintosh products with Mac OS X via the software packages' bootable compact disk, without the need for any additional software. For new Macintosh computers released in 2001, a bootable compact disk series will be available beginning today that will start up these machines and allow customers to analyze and solve problems on Mac OS X. Symantec is also currently developing a complete line of Macintosh solutions designed to run native on the new platform, which are expected to be released this summer.
"Sustaining compatibility with the latest operating systems is a cornerstone of Symantec's commitment to providing consumers with the most technologically advanced Internet security and problem-solving solutions," said Steve Cullen, senior vice president of Symantec's Consumer Products Division. "We are pleased to give Macintosh customers the opportunity to upgrade to Mac OS X with the continued confidence that their computers will run smoothly and securely."
The bootable compact disks for users of new Macintosh computers released in 2001 - except the 2001 Titanium PowerBook - are available for $14.95 (includes shipping and handling) and can be obtained by completing the disk replacement form located inside Symantec's Macintosh software packages, or by calling customer service at 1-541-335-7000. Consumers can receive the bootable disk free of charge if ordering within 60 days of purchase of the corresponding Symantec Macintosh product.
Symantec, a world leader in Internet security technology, provides a broad range of content and network security solutions to individuals and enterprises. The company is a leading provider of virus protection, vulnerability assessment, intrusion prevention, Internet content and e-mail filtering, remote management technologies and security services to enterprises around the world. Symantec's Norton brand of consumer security products leads the market in worldwide retail sales and industry awards. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has worldwide operations in 36 countries. For more information, please visit our Web site at www.symantec.com.
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