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Symantec's Visual Café for Java Garners PC Computing MVP Award at COMDEX

Las Vegas, Nev. --November 17, 1997--Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq:SYMC), the leading provider of Java development environments, announced today that Symantec's Visual Café for Java 2.0 Database Development Edition won the prestigious PC Computing MVP award recognizing the industry's top software products of the year. Symantec Visual Café for Java Database Development Edition was recognized as an industry leader based on technology, usability, performance, innovation and value.

According to PC Computing, each year the PC Computing editorial staff rigorously evaluates thousands of hardware, software and Internet products, narrowing the final list of MVP Finalists and Winners to the very best business computing. PC Computing recognized Visual Café for Java Database Development Edition as an excellent, well thought out product that has the technology and innovation to set it apart from other development tools to become an innovative stand out in its category.

"We are truly honored that Visual Café for Java Database Development Edition has been singled out by the editors and judges at PC Computing to receive this distinguished award. We have established our leadership position in the Java development tools market by delivering superior tools designed specifically for Internet development," said Mansour Safai, Vice President of Symantec's Internet Tools Division. "This recognition demonstrates once again that Visual Café for Java is the industry standard for Java development tools."

To select the 1997 MVP finalists, PC Computing's editors conduct an exhaustive review of thousands of computer software products, evaluating them for usability, performance, technology, innovation and value. This rigorous review process allows PC Computing to honor companies that are truly innovative leaders in their industry.

This announcement is the latest in a series of industry awards for Symantec Visual Café for Java. The coveted PC Computing MVP Award will join other prestigious awards that Symantec has won including JavaWorld Editor's Choice Award, Java Developer's Journal World Class Award, ZD Internet Net Best, Software Development Jolt Award, Byte Best of COMDEX, PC Magazine Editor's Choice, c|net Best of the Net Award, Web Techniques Best Java Tool of the Year Award, among others.

Symantec's Visual Café for Java Database Development Edition is also a finalist for the PC Magazine Award for Technical Excellence that will be announced at COMDEX tonight, and has been named a finalist for Software Development's Jolt Award to be announced in February 1998.

About Visual Café for Java 2.0 Database Development Edition
Symantec's Visual Café for Java Database Development Edition is the only fully-integrated Visual Rapid Application Development tool for Java and database application solutions and provides distributed database access from anywhere on the Web using only a Java-enabled browser. Visual Café for Java 2.0 Database Development Edition is an open standard multi-platform, Rapid Application Development (RAD) tool for developing Java applets and applications. Visual Café for Java 2.0 Database Development Edition is the only complete solution for creating robust Java applications with database connectivity. Developers can create Java applications instantly by assembling over 100 pre-packaged components, 20 database templates and connect to over 30 commercially available databases using a table wizard that walks them through the entire process. The product includes Symantec's powerful Java IDE, Symantec's dbANYWHERE middleware server solution, Symantec's Visual Page HTML authoring application, Netscape FastTrack Web Server, Netscape Communicator, 100 plus JavaBeans including database enabled beans, 20 database templates, JFC, JDK 1.1, native compilation, incremental debugging, and is the most complete solution for Java development.

Pricing and Availability
Symantec's Visual Café for Java 2.0 Database Development Edition is expected to sell for an Estimated Retail Price (ERP) of $499.95. Upgrades from Visual Café Pro are available from Symantec for $99. Visual Café for Java Database Development Edition is designed to run on Windows 95 and Windows NT. The Visual Café for Java family of products also includes Visual Café for Java Professional Development Edition and Visual Café for Java Web Development Edition. For more information visit http://cafe.symantec.com.

Sun Microsystems, Inc.'s Java, is the de facto standard platform for network computing.

About Symantec
Symantec Corporation helps make users productive and keep their computers safe and reliable anywhere and anytime. Symantec offers a broad range of solutions and is acclaimed as a leader in both customer satisfaction and product brand recognition. The company is focused on addressing customer needs in three main application areas: the Norton Product line of anti-virus and PC-assistance products; the pcANYWHERE, WinFax, and ACT! product lines that cater to remote user productivity; and the Café product lines in Internet development tools.

Founded in 1982, the company's global operations span North America, Europe, Japan, and several fast-growing markets throughout Asia Pacific and Latin America. Traded on Nasdaq under the symbol SYMC, Symantec Corporation is based in Cupertino, California, and employs more than 2,000 people. Information on the company and its products can be obtained by calling (800) 441-7234 toll free, (541) 334-6054, or accessed on the World Wide Web at http://www.symantec.com.

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