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Symantec's ACT! 4.0 Chosen 'Best Buy' by Home Computing

- ACT! 4.0 Beats Four Competitors in Software Buyer's Guide -

CUPERTINO, Calif. - Oct. 5, 1998 -Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in utility software for business and personal computing, today announced that ACT! 4.0 earned the coveted Best Buy award from Home Office Computing featured in the October 1998 issue.

The products were evaluated on four criteria including value, performance, ease of use and suitability for home office use. ACT! 4.0 was chosen over product competitors from GoldMine Software, Janna Systems, Multiactive Software (Maximizer) and Franklin Covey and ranked highest in ease of use and suitability for home office use.

According to the publication, "ACT! can brag that it's much simpler to use than its rivals-and if time is money, that's no small boast." In fact, tests conducted earlier this year by NSTL, the leading testing firm in the computer industry proved ACT! 4.0 was easier to use and learn than the competition.

With ACT!, scheduling appointments, calls, meetings, to-dos and changing plans is a mouse-click away. Small office/home office users will see that ACT! makes generating mailing labels, creating and sending e-mails, faxes and personalized mass mailings a breeze.

"It's a great honor to receive the Best Buy award from a leading small office/home office magazine," said Christopher Calisi, Symantec's vice president of the Remote Productivity Solutions Business Unit. "This Best Buy award guarantees small business/home office users that they are getting a product that will be easy-to-use, and help them to grow their businesses."

Home Office Computing also reported, "If you need serious contact management capability with an easy-to-use interface, ACT! 4.0 is your best bet."

ACT! 4.0 extends customer databases with the world of Internet information, delivers superior integration with communication tools, and provides the power users are looking for in a familiar and easy-to-use interface. ACT! turns contacts into relationships and relationships into results.

With a circulation of over 500,000, Home Office Computing targets small business owners with fewer than five employees and executives who work from home. The magazine offers practical advice for building successful businesses through the use of technology.

Since its introduction earlier this year, ACT! 4.0 has received Windows Magazine's WinList award and the A-List and 5-star awards from PC Computing. More information on the NSTL results and ACT!'s awards are available at www.symantec.com/act.

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