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Symantec Introduces the Visual Café Technology Preview Center for 2.5 Customers

Cupertino, Calif --May 4, 1998-- 1998-Symantec Corporation (NYSE: SYMC) launched the Technology Preview Center, a web site that will contain a repository of technology previews that provide customers the functionality they need to develop enterprise-level applications using Visual Café for Java . Symantec will be releasing the previews to solicit input from Visual Café customers to ensure that upcoming products provide an open solution for their enterprise needs. The first technology preview, an open interface to most popular version control software, is posted at http://café.symantec.com/techpreview/

The previews are offered for download on the Symantec web site at no cost and are usable for 90 days. The first technology preview - now available at http://café.symantec.com/techpreview/ - is the Visual Café SCC Bridge which offers support for version control systems compatible with the Microsoft Source Code Control (SCC) Interface. This is done using a plug-in that acts as a bridge between the Visual Café for Java Version Control Interface and the Microsoft SCC Interface. This Visual Café for Java preview will allow developers to easily integrate with any version control solution that utilizes the SCC API. The following version control software solutions have been tested with Visual Café for Java 2.5:

– Intersolv PVCS Version Manager version 5.3
– Microsoft Visual SourceSafe (VSS) versions 4.0 and 5.0
– MKS Source Integrity version 7.3
– StarBase Versions version 2.0

Teams of software developers working on the same project rely on version control systems to keep their source code consistent. Like a library, version control lets only one developer at a time check out the piece of code they want to work on. Once checked out, no one else can make changes to that code until the developer working on it relinquishes it for others to use.

For more information on this announcement, Visual Café or Symantec's Internet Tools Division contact Michelle Cunningham at 408-447-8317 or mcunningham@symantec.com.

About Symantec
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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