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BEA Selects Symantec as Strategic Java Tool Partner

-- BEA, Symantec Cooperate on Joint Development to Integrate BEA M3 with Symantec's Enterprise Tools --

Sunnyvale, Calif --July 29, 1998-- BEA Systems Inc., (Nasdaq: BEAS), the market leader in distributed mission-critical middleware solutions for the world's largest enterprises, today announced that it has selected Symantec Corp. as its strategic Java tools partner. As part of this partnership, BEA and Symantec are cooperating on development work to provide integration capabilities between current and future versions of BEA M3, BEA's component middleware platform, and Symantec's enterprise tools, using Symantec's open application programming interface (API) architecture. The cooperative efforts are intended to provide customers with reduced development times and faster deployment of critical business applications, making use of Java, Symantec's popular development tools, and BEA's scalable, reliable middleware. If you want to build Java applications, you use tools from Symantec, said Alfred Chuang, executive vice president of product development and chief technology officer for BEA. Their stature in the Java and Web development world makes Symantec a great partner for BEA. It is for this reason we are putting Symantec front and center as BEA's key Java tools partner. To assist with the joint development work, BEA has licensed Symantec's Visual Café for Java, Visual Page, and Symantec C++ development tools. Symantec Visual Café for Java is a powerful and complete Java development solution for building Java database solutions. Symantec Visual Page is a tool for building, deploying, and managing Web pages. BEA focuses on the enterprise and on providing reliable, scalable infrastructure for applications to enterprise customers, said Mansour Safai, vice president, Symantec Internet Tools. We are pleased to have chosen BEA as a partner to help provide easy-to-use tools that our joint customers can use to help create these important applications. Through our work with BEA, Visual Café for Java's tremendous ease-of-use and rapid application development capabilities are being extended to make enterprise distributed object development a reality.

BEA M3
BEA M3 is the first and only generally available, production-ready Object Transaction Manager (OTM), the next generation of middleware that is designed to serve as a scalable, mission-critical application platform, answering the need for the safe development and deployment of objects in the enterprise. BEA M3 is standards-based, providing maximum flexibility and easy interoperability with other applications. Customers will be able to use the Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA) standard and Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) as component models for C++ and Java-based development within BEA M3. BEA M3 also supports clients that use Microsoftıs ActiveX and COM-based technologies

BEA Systems, Inc.
BEA Systems, Inc., is a leading provider of cross-platform middleware solutions for enterprise applications. BEA's products and services enable mission-critical, distributed applications that work seamlessly in client/server, Internet, and legacy environments. BEA provides transactional, messaging, and distributed object-based software for developing and deploying these enterprise applications. In addition to its product line, BEA provides complete solutions through its extensive partner network, and a full range of services including consulting, training, and support. BEA is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and has 50 offices in 24 countries around the globe. The company's common stock trades on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol BEAS. Additional information on BEA is available on the Internet at http://www.beasys.com.

About Symantec
Symantec is the world leader in utility software for business and personal computing. Symantec products and solutions help 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. Symantec is traded on Nasdaq under the symbol SYMC. More information on the company and its products can be obtained at www.symantec.com.

About Symantec's Internet Tools Division
The Symantec Internet Tools Division pioneered the Java development tools market by delivering the first development product for Java in March, 1996. Since then, the division has continued to develop, market and support a complete line of Java development tools worldwide, bringing the latest advances in Java technology to Internet developers. Symantecıs suite of Java development tools include Visual Café for Java, Enterprise Suite, Visual Café for Java 2.5 Database Development Edition, Visual Café for Java 2.5 Professional Development Edition Visual Page, Visual Café for Java 2.0 Web Development Edition and Visual Page.

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