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Symantec Announces Visual Café for Java Supports Development of PersonalJava Applications

New Open API Architecture Enables Java™ Software Developers to Ensure Java Applications Run on Java-Enabled PDAs, Automotive, Navigation and Telephony Devices

1998 JavaOne Developer Conference (SM), San Francisco --March 24, 1998-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), the leading provider of Internet development tools, announced today that Visual Café for Java 2.5 enables Java developers to prototype, develop, test and deploy PersonalJava™ applications. The Visual Café for Java 2.5 OpenAPI architecture enables Java software developers to run Sun's JavaCheck™, a tool which verifies that classes used by an application or applet are compliant with the PeronalJava specification, from within the development environment. This provides Java software developers with a simple and efficient way to verify that their applications will run on emerging PersonalJava devices such as set-top boxes, personal digital assistants and automotive, navigation and telephony devices. PersonalJava is designed specifically for network-connectable products people use in homes, while mobile or in the office. These devices have displays but might not include a keyboard or a mouse.

"By providing integration between JavaCheck and Visual Café, developers can quickly test the compatibility of their applications with a wide variety of devices," noted Mansour Safai, vice president of Symantec's Internet Tools division. "Developers using Visual Café can take advantage of this integration to leverage their existing investment in Java and target software for even broader markets. By harnessing Visual Café's ability to develop applications for the Internet and to access existing heterogeneous databases, developers will be able to quickly and easily develop a sophisticated electronic infrastructure."

"Symantec's announcement today will enable the rapid development of tomorrow's PersonalJava applications," said Jonathon Schwartz, director of product marketing at Sun Microsystems' JavaSoft division. "JavaCheck's integration into Visual Café for Java signals Symantec's recognition of the importance of the rapidly expanding Java-based consumer electronics market. This is good news for the developer community and content creators, both of which require that applications and content run across the spectrum of Java devices."

Visual Café for Java is Symantec's popular, open standard, extensible Rapid Application Development (RAD) Java development tool for writing, debugging and deploying platform independent Java applets and applications. With Version 2.5, Visual Café for Java Professional Development Edition and Database Development Edition feature a new Open API architecture, making it possible for corporate developers, VARs and independent software vendors (ISVs) to create applications and tools that can work directly within, or tightly integrate with, Visual Café for Java. This Open API approach opens the door to an essentially limitless set of ways to extend the capabilities and functionality of Visual Café for Java. Documentation for the Open API is available from http://cafe.symantec.com/.

Symantec's suite of Java development tools include both HTML and Java authoring products, designed to address the complete range of enterprise distributed applications and Internet/intranet development needs. Internet development tools offered by Symantec include Visual Page, Visual Café for Java 2.0 Web Development Edition, Visual Café for Java 2.5 Professional Development Edition and Visual Café for Java 2.5 Database Development Edition (EDITOR'S NOTE: see today's separate release, SYMANTEC SHIPS VERSION 2.5 OF VISUAL CAFÉ FOR JAVA.)

Java is the de facto standard platform for network computing. Created by Sun Microsystems, Inc., Java technology enables the development of cross-platform applications that can run across the public Internet and corporate intranets.

The Symantec Internet Tools Division pioneered the Java development tools market by delivering the first development product for Java in March, 1996. Since then, the division has continued to develop, market and support a complete line of Java development tools worldwide, bringing the latest advances in Java technology to Internet developers.

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 Cafe 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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