Symantec and Beyond.com Launch U.S. Online Software Store
New Store Will Be First In a Series Of Online Stores Designed By
Beyond.com To Better Serve Symantec Customers Worldwide
Cupertino, Calif. and SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 14, 1999 -
Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: "SYMC") today announced a new online U.S. software
shop created and managed by Internet superstore Beyond.comä (Nasdaq: "BYND") -
the first in a worldwide chain of stores that Symantec plans to roll out over the
next four months.
Located at http://www.symantecstore.com, the online software store has been
designed based on customer feedback and features Symantec's full range of
products available by packaged delivery or via digital download, round-the-clock
telephone and online support, and a 60-day, money-back guarantee on all products.
"This worldwide initiative is designed to establish a more seamless relationship
between Symantec and its customers," said Pamela Roberts, Symantec's senior
director of electronic business. "Working with Beyond.com further integrates the
channel into our e-business strategy and provides an enhanced user experience for
The new online store features areas that are dedicated to specific customers such
as the small business, power and Macintosh users. Symantec and Beyond.com have
designed the U.S. shop so that it is easy for customers to navigate and find the
information they need to make optimal software purchase decisions. In time,
Symantec plans to launch international online software shops, also created and
managed by Beyond.com, which will be multi-lingual and will let customers
purchase Symantec products in multiple, local currencies.
"As a leading software reseller on the Internet, Beyond.com has a proven track
record in creating and operating online stores successfully giving customers an
easy Internet shopping experience," said Mark Breier, president and chief
executive officer at Beyond.com. "We now handle online software orders for four
of the top eight software publishers as determined by Soft·letter and operate
commercial websites on behalf of several e-commerce partners, including Compaq
and 3Com Corporation."
Beyond.com sells commercial, off-the-shelf software to the government,
enterprise, corporate and consumer markets, offering its customers a better place
to buy software. Visitors to the company's online store http://www.beyond.com
enjoy a comprehensive selection of software backed by customer service and
competitive pricing. Beyond.com offers more than 1.6 million software and other
digital products, including software stock-keeping units (SKUs) for online
purchase from such major publishers as Adobe Systems Inc., IBM/Lotus Corp.,
Microsoft Corp., Sun Microsystems Inc. and Symantec Corp; hardware; computing
devices; and digital images in different file formats, including jpeg, gif and
mpf through a strategic marketing alliance with IMSI. The company has established
strategic marketing alliances with America Online Inc., Excite@Home, CNET Inc.,
Compaq Computer Corp., Microsoft Corp., Netscape Communications Corp., XOOM.com
Inc., Yahoo! Inc. and ZDNet. Additionally, Beyond.com offers software
publishers, hardware manufacturers and systems OEMs e-commerce solutions
including publishers transaction processing, physical and electronic order
fulfillment, customer support, site design consultation, marketing support and
reporting. The company has applied for federal registration of the marks
BEYOND.COM and BEYOND DOT COM. Beyond.com Corporation trades on the Nasdaq
National Market under the symbol ("BYND"). More information on the company can be
found in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission
Forward Looking Statements
Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking statements within
the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section
21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such forward-looking
statements include statements relating to the timing of the opening of Symantec's
U.S. and international online software shops, as well as anticipated features of
such shops. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could
cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in such
forward-looking statements, including the risk that the online shops may not open
within the expected time frame. Additional information concerning those and
other factors is contained in the "Risk Factors" section of the Symantec's annual
report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 2, 1999 and in Beyond.com's
filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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and solutions help make users productive and keep their computers safe and reliable anywhere and anytime.
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