Symantec and Biztravel.com join forces to provide Norton Mobile
Essentials Customers with Worldwide Travel Information
Cupertino, Calif --April 27, 1998-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC),
leader in mobile software applications, announced today an arrangement with
Biztravel.com, the Internet company for frequent business travelers, to provide
Norton Mobile Essentials customers with a direct link to Biztravel.com's
destination information Internet site.
Scheduled for release in May, Norton Mobile Essentials aids users with travel
preparation, automatically adjusts computer settings for new locations and resolves
connection problems quickly. Available at no cost, Biztravel.com will now provide
Norton Mobile Essentials customers with information on over 70 metropolitan cities
worldwide including hotels, currency, customs, weather, restaurants and other
location information. Users will now be able to obtain specific data on a
destination prior to making the trip.
"We are pleased to be working with Symantec to provide customers with instant
access to destination information so they are always well prepared for travel," said
John I. Williams, Jr., president and CEO of Biztravel.com. "Biztravel.com
understands the unique pressures faced by business travelers and has tailored its
content to help these professionals keep up with the demands of their busy work
"Mobile customers need every possible advantage when out on the road,"
said Christopher Calisi, vice president of Symantec's Remote Productivity Solutions
Business Unit. "Norton Mobile Essentials and Biztravel.com together provide business
travelers with the tools necessary for a well-planned hassle-free trip."
Norton Mobile Essentials is the first offering from Symantec designed to maximize
productivity and reduce the frustration of problems faced by mobile professionals.
Norton Mobile Essentials fills the unique needs of those who travel anywhere in the
world and who rely on e-mail, Internet, fax and other forms of PC-based
communications to stay productive while out of the office. With Norton Mobile
Essentials, all mobile users can take advantage of a combination of innovative and
automated assistance features.
For those customers interested in a preview of Norton Mobile Essentials,
Symantec is offering a free beta version so customers can test the software in their
own work environment. Customers can download the beta from Symantec's website at
web site has earned numerous awards for its combination of quality content, valuable
services and ease-of-use, including PC Magazine's prestigious Editor's Choice Award
for best online business travel service. Customers can access Biztravel.com's website
Biztravel.com is the only travel company to fully automate and integrate the
reservations and frequent flyer rewards processes. The company's travel reservation
system, bizReservations, allows travelers to book air, car, and hotel reservations,
and helps road warriors by automatically recommending travel itineraries that can
maximize frequent flyer miles at the lowest cost. Biztravel.com also enables
travelers to track and manage account summaries for multiple travel frequency
programs at a single location on the Internet through its bizMiles service. The
system also optimizes other travel preferences, such as desired travel schedule and
preferred carrier. Biztravel.com offers travel news, opinions and advice in
bizTraveler, the company's on-line magazine, and provides weather forecasts,
restaurant guides, driving instructions and street maps in bizCityInfo.
Biztravel.com's customers have access to the company's experienced travel agents 24
hours-a-day, seven days a week, either on-line or via a toll-free number.
Based in New York, the company is backed by Comcast Corporation, News
Corporation, Informix Corporation and Intel, as well as three top-tier Silicon Valley
venture capital firms: Accel Partners, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners and New
Symantec Corporation helps 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.
The company is focused on addressing customer needs in three main application areas:
the Norton product line of anti-virus and PC-assistance products; the pcANYWHERE,
WinFax and ACT! product lines that cater to remote user productivity; and the Cafe
product lines in Internet development tools.
Founded in 1982, the company's global operations span North America, Europe, Japan
and several fast growing markets throughout Asia Pacific and Latin America. Traded on
Nasdaq under the symbol SYMC, Symantec Corporation is based in Cupertino, California
and employs more than 2,000 people. Information on the company and its products can
be obtained by calling (800) 441-7234 toll free, (541) 334-6054 or accessed on the
World Wide Web at http://www.symantec.com.
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