INTERNET WORLD, New York -- December 11, 1996 -- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq:SYMC) and Netscape Communications Corporation (Nasdaq: NSCP) today announced two strategic agreements that will allow each of the companies to bundle, market and distribute certain of each others' products. This alliance brings together Symantec's market-leading Java development tools products with the Netscape ONETM Open Network Environment, creating a seamless solution for Intranet/Internet developers.
In the first agreement, Netscape will market the new Symantec dbANYWHERE Workgroup Server, through its direct corporate sales force, Value Added Resellers and traditional distribution channels worldwide. Additionally, this agreement establishes Symantec Visual Café as Netscape's preferred visual Java development tool for the Netscape ONETM platform. Netscape will also promote the Symantec Java toolset on the Netscape Web site, in monthly newsletters, and in its Netscape DevEdgeTM on-line developer forum.
In the second agreement, Symantec will bundle Netscape NavigatorTM Internet client software with Visual Page and will bundle Netscape FastTrack ServerTM software with Visual Café Pro and Visual Café Enterprise. Additionally, this agreement establishes the Netscape ONE platform as Symantec's preferred Internet/Intranet development platform for its Java toolset, and reinforces a strong commitment to provide a tight integration of the Visual Café product family on both Windows and Macintosh platforms with Netscape ONE. Future versions of Visual Café will include the hosting of the Netscape Internet Foundation Classes (IFC) components in the Visual Café environment, component library and tool palette, support for IFC event handling through the Visual Café Interaction Wizard, building of IIOP capable applications, as well as integrated Java debugging in the Netscape browser directly from the Visual Café environment. Symantec will also support Netscape's extensions to HTML 3.0 in its Visual Page product family.
"Symantec is the clear market leader in visual Java development tools for Windows and Macintosh," said Richard Schell, senior vice president and general manager, Client Products Division, Netscape Communications Corp. "This agreement is a significant commitment between Netscape and Symantec to provide developers with the leading state-of-the-art visual rapid application development environment for Java and seamlessly integrate it with the Netscape ONE platform."
"Netscape ONE is the primary Internet/Intranet development platform. While at Symantec, we try to be Internet platform and standard neutral, we needed to provide a seamless integrated solution to our Java customers for the most popular development platform out there," said Mansour Safai, general manager of Symantec's Internet Tools division. "Visual Café Pro will allow developers to visually prototype Java user interfaces and instantly connect them to existing databases, not requiring anything else than the Netscape Navigator browser on the client machine."
Both companies offer market-leading Internet and Intranet technologies. Part of maintaining Symantec's leadership role in Java development tools is to continually seek new ways to make a developer's work easier and faster. With Symantec bundling Netscape Navigator into Café, Visual Café and Visual Page, developers get a complete Java development solution. Including Netscape FastTrack Server with Visual Café Pro and Enterprise will create a turnkey Internet development environment. Symantec remains committed to maintaining strategic alliances with partners to help build tools to support the future of the Internet.
Pricing and Availability
Symantec Café for Windows Version 1.51 and Symantec Café for Macintosh is currently available for purchase on the Update Center on the Café Web site (http://cafe.symantec.com). Symantec Café for Windows is available for an estimated retail price of US $79.95 and Symantec Café for Macintosh is available for US $99.00. Visual Café is expected to be available for an estimated retail price of US $199.95. Customers who purchased Café before November 15, 1996 can upgrade to Visual Café for $69.95. Visual Café Pro is expected to be available by the end of this year and will be available for an estimated retail price of US $499.95. Visual Café for the Power Macintosh is expected to be available soon. Visual Café Pro will also be sold as part of the new Netscape SuiteToolsTM line, announced separately today. Visual Page for Macintosh is also expected to be available by the end of the year. Visual Page for Windows and Visual Café Enterprise are expected to be available next year. All these products are expected to be available through all major computer stores, software retailers, and corporate resellers. All products run on Windows 95 and Windows NT.
Netscape Communications Corporation is a premier provider of open software for linking people and information over enterprise networks and the Internet. The company offers a full line of clients, servers development tools and commercial applications to create a complete platform for next-generation, live online applications. Traded on NASDAQ under the symbol "NSCP," Netscape Communications Corporation is based in Netscape View, California. Information about Netscape and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at email@example.com, or by calling 415/937-2555 (corporate customers) or 415/937-7777 (individuals).
Sun Microsystems, Inc.'s Java is the de facto standard platform for network computing.
About Symantec Corporation
Symantec Corporation develops, markets and supports a complete line of application and system software products designed to enhance individual and workgroup productivity as well as manage networked computing environments. Platforms supported include IBM personal computers and compatibles, Apple Macintosh computers as well as all major network operating systems. Founded in 1982, the company has offices in the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan and Europe. Information on the company and its products can be obtained by calling (800) 441-7234 toll free, or (541) 334-6054.
This press release contains forward-looking statements. There are certain important factors that could cause results to differ materially from those anticipated by some of the statements made above. Among these are the anticipation of the growth of certain market segments, the positioning of Symantec's products in those segments, the competitive environment in the software industry, dependence on other products, such as Windows 95 and the importance of new Symantec products. Additional information concerning those and other factors is contained in the "Risk Factors" section of the company's annual report on form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 29, 1996 and the company's quarterly report on form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended September 27, 1996.
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