Cupertino, Calif. --December 2, 1997--The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) may have won this season's rival football game, but, in a computer lab in the Santa Monica, Calif. offices of Symantec Corporation, it was the University of Southern California (USC) who was victorious. The world's leading supplier of anti-virus and utilities software products, Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC), today announced that it sponsored a "bug-a-thon" during the final development stages of the latest product release of Norton Utilities 3.0. The software began shipping on November 21.
Traditionally, within the software industry, finding computer bugs or cosmetic errors and program defects is a critical part of the final software development stages. To supplement its own internal quality assurance, Symantec came up with a novel idea of inviting two traditional rivals to go head-to-head in Symantec's own grid-iron, the computer lab. Computer science students from both universities participated in a four-hour "bug-a-thon" searching for computer bugs in the beta version of Norton Utilities 3.0.
"The Norton Utilities 'bug-a-thon' was a unique opportunity to supplement our internal quality assurance with fresh eyes reviewing our product as part of our commitment to providing superior quality to our customers," said Enrique Salem, chief technical officer and vice president of Symantec's Security and Assistance Business Unit. "At the same time, the event worked to improve Symantec's visibility in the local collegiate community, increased awareness about our intern program and even helped identify potential future employees. The competition was very close and both teams were great."
In exchange for over 200 combined volunteer hours, Symantec provided the students with the opportunity to contribute to the release of a new Symantec product, as well as a chance to win prizes and to learn about career opportunities in the software industry.
The rivalry between both schools naturally developed as both the USC and UCLA students vied for discovering the greatest number of bugs in the beta software. In the end, over 400 bug incidents were reported with USC narrowly edging out UCLA. A picture of the winning team from USC is posted in the credits of the final version of the software.
"It was pretty exciting to beat UCLA, especially since there were significantly bad odds against us. Our team had only 28 students, while UCLA sent a team of 36," said USC senior Wayne Tam, a computer science/computer engineer major and winner of the grand prize, a fully loaded desktop computer valued at over $3000. "The new NU 3.0 is a really nice program."
Widely recognized as the experts' choice for solving serious computer problems, Norton Utilities 3.0 for Windows 95 continues to provide the most complete and powerful set of utilities available for safe and reliable computing on Windows 95-based PCs. The product's new and advanced problem-solving, disaster recovery and optimization capabilities are designed to intelligently tune and optimize the user's system for crash protection, provide continuous detection and correction of hardware and software problems, and offer unrivaled performance optimization. Norton Utilities for Windows 95 is now available from Symantec's network of authorized dealers at an estimated retail price of $79. Upgrades will receive a $30 rebate.
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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