Symantec Partners With E-Commerce Leaders To Give Consumers Easier
Access To Upgrades And "How To" Information
Now PC users can surf the Net with confidence
with complete firewall, parental control, and anti-virus capabilities in an integrated, easy-to-use solution
CUPERTINO, Calif. Oct. 18, 1999 - Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: "SYMC")
today announced strategic partnerships with Internet superstore Beyond.com
(Nasdaq: "BYND") and Fatbrain.com (Nasdaq: "FATB"), the Internet's most
comprehensive professional bookstore, to provide upgrade and information services
to subscribers of Norton Web Services, the Internet's best place to help keep a
PC problem-free. Norton Web Services' new LiveUpdate Pro service will recommend
purchasable upgrades to software products as well as books relating to software
the subscriber has on their system. These new partnerships will give customers
an easier way to find and purchase software upgrades directly from Beyond.com's
selection of more than 1.6 million software and other digital products as well as
from Fatbrain.com's world-class selection of technical and business books and
"Beyond.com and Fatbrain.com provide the Web's best selection of software and
books. These services combined with Norton Web Services' powerful search and
updating technology deliver an outstanding value to customers in keeping their
machine up-to-date with the latest software and information," said Enrique Salem,
vice president of Symantecıs Security and Assistance Business Unit. "Our
partnerships with Beyond.com and Fatbrain.com represent time saving tools that
will result in increased uptime and personal productivity by making relevant
products and information easily accessible to customers any time and anywhere."
Norton Web Services is a subscription-based Internet site offering software
updating, computer virus protection, Y2K system analysis, and other services.
Last year, its LiveUpdate Pro service was called the best-designed update service
by PC Magazine; since then, Norton Web Services has firmly established itself as
one of the top software updating sites on the Internet. Available only through
Norton Web Services, LiveUpdate Pro locates and helps customers install free
software updates, hardware drivers, and program add-ons from a wide range of
manufacturers, including Symantec.
"Beyond.com is committed to helping customers get the maximum value out of their
computer throughout the ownership experience from original purchase to product
and software upgrades," said Jim Lussier, vice president and general manager of
the Direct eCommerce Solutions group at Beyond.com. "Now Norton Web Services'
customers can learn what software upgrades they need and have them downloaded
immediately or delivered to their doorstep. This partnership builds on our
already strong relationship with Symantec. Beyond.com has created and continues
to manage domestic and international online software stores for Symantec."
"Symantec is recognized as a leader in offering crucial services that computer
users expect and rely on," said Dennis Capovilla, vice president of business
development for Fatbrain.com. "This partnership provides a true complement to
the offerings of Norton Web Services by supplying customers instant access to
Fatbrain.com's unrivalled selection of professional books and resources."
Beyond.com sells commercial off-the-shelf software to the government, enterprise
and corporate and consumer markets, offering its customers a better place to buy
software. Visitors to the company's online store http://beyond.com enjoy an
expansive election 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 Corp., Lotus Development 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., CNET Inc., Compaq
Computer Corp., Excite@Home, HP Shopping Village, Road Runner/ServiceCo, 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 ("SEC").
Symantec is a world leader in Internet security technology and technology
solutions that help companies manage and support workforces that use laptop
computers and other mobile devices.
The company is a leading provider of software products for the consumer market
and is rapidly growing its presence as a provider of solutions to enterprise organizations
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