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Softchoice Names Symantec Vendor of the Year

CUPERTINO, Calif. - Jan. 20, 2004 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq:SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced that Softchoice (TSX:SO) honored it as Vendor of the Year for 2003 at the Softchoice North American Sales Conference, which took place Jan. 9 – 11, in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Symantec also received the Best Training award.

“Symantec has always been a strong partner for us and that relationship just keeps getting better with age,” said Nick Foster, Softchoice’s vice president of marketing. “As our Vendor of the Year, we are recognizing the commitment, energy and leadership they have shown in virtually all of their dealings with Softchoice--from helping our sales and operations people exceed customer expectations to their generous support of our marketing and training initiatives. Symantec has really done an outstanding job and this is our way of saying thank you.”

Symantec was selected as Vendor of the Year by exceeding expectations in terms of support of Softchoice’s marketing programs, training initiatives, and sales and operation engagement. In addition, Symantec demonstrated operational excellence across all transactions with Softchoice from distribution to the quality and support of services and customer offerings.

“Partners are key to our success and it is an honor to be recognized as Vendor of the Year and for our training program,” said Allyson Seelinger, vice president of North American channels for Symantec. “We listen closely to partner feedback and these awards are validation that our program, support, and training meets the needs of our partners.”

Symantec also received the Best Training award for its excellence in the design of training sessions, including the creative programs to drive learning and for its ability to take material and make it relevant and actionable for Softchoice representatives.

About Softchoice Corporation
Softchoice helps North American businesses and organizations of all sizes select, acquire and manage their software and hardware technology needs. Softchoice achieved the designation as one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies by Deloitte & Touche in both 2003 and 2002. Headquartered in Toronto, Softchoice currently has 437 employees operating from 27 branches located in the U.S. and 5 branches in Canada.

Softchoice stock is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the trading symbol "SO". The Common Shares of Softchoice are not registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 and are not publicly traded in the United States.

About Symantec
Symantec is the world leader in providing solutions to help individuals and enterprises assure the security, availability, and integrity of their information. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in more than 40 countries. More information is available at www.symantec.com.

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