Symantec Norton 2000 Protects Small Businesses and Consumers by Pinpointing Y2K Problems on Desktops, Laptops
Product addresses hardware, application, and data Y2K issues; includes LiveUpdate to keep system hardware and software current
Cupertino, Calif --November 9, 1998-- Symantec Corporation
(Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in utility software for
business and personal computing, today announced Norton
2000 1.0, an effective Year 2000 solution that helps
protect valuable desktop and laptop PCs. By addressing both
hardware and software Y2K issues, Norton 2000 makes it
easier for small businesses and consumers to effectively
reduce the threat of downtime resulting from non-compliant
components and applications.
Norton 2000 offers users a powerful tool that proactively
guards the mission-critical data residing on their desktop
and laptop computers. Norton 2000 scans data, applications,
and hardware and alerts the user to non-compliance problems
that may lead to financial losses, liability issues, and
incompatibility with co-workers', customers', clients', or
"Symantec is concerned about the safety of data on the
desktops and laptops of small businesses and consumers,"
said Enrique Salem, vice president of Symantec's Security
and Assistance Business Unit. "We understand that these
individuals depend heavily on smooth-functioning PCs and
data to be effective. With Norton 2000, we are providing
the most vigilant protection for those critical desktop
and laptop systems."
One of the most critical issues consumers and small
businesses face with the approach of the next millennium is
how to monitor spreadsheets and databases that are
continually changing. One serious issue involves dates that
fall close to a "cusp" point. Excel version 4, 5 and 7
assume that year values from 00 to 19 represent 2000-2019
and year values from 20-99 represent 1920-1999. Excel 8
extends this cusp point to 29/30. As a result, dates in a
spreadsheet with years close to these cusp points may be
incorrectly interpreted. In addition, the cusp point will
change across a simple software upgrade and cause erroneous
processing of dates. All of these types of errors can have
widespread implications for both small businesses and
off-site employees of larger corporations.
To address those issues, Norton 2000 includes a data
scanning component that not only discovers Y2K problems in
these complex files, but also generates a customizable
report detailing findings. Norton 2000 scans the following
files: Excel, Lotus 1-2-3, Access, dBase, Clipper, FoxPro,
and Paradox. For recent Excel spreadsheets, Norton 2000
color-codes and annotates the spreadsheet to highlight and
explain Y2K issues in each affected cell. Competitors'
products simply scan file extensions.
Norton 2000 also audits other popular software applications
for year 2000 compliance and compares those applications
against a database of known year 2000 problems. The
application database is kept up-to-date using LiveUpdate,
Symantec's powerful utility program that locates and helps
install hardware drivers and software updates specific to
the user's system. LiveUpdate gives consumers and small
business owners easy and quick access to the most reliable
information on compliant software through to the
In addition, Norton 2000 uses a boot floppy to test and fix
system clocks and the BIOS, where possible, thereby
preventing users from inadvertently destroying data and
program configurations during testing. For added
convenience, Norton 2000 also offers a Windows-based System
Pricing and Availability
The estimated retail price for Norton 2000 1.0 is $49.95.
The product is available now.
For Windows 95/NT, Norton 2000 1.0 requires an Intel 80486
or higher, 10MB hard drive space, and 16MB RAM.
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