CUPERTINO, Calif. -October 25, 2000 - Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), today announced Norton SystemWorks™ for Macintosh, an integrated utility product suite for Macintosh users. Norton SystemWorks for Macintosh provides the power and simplicity of Norton Utilities™ for Macintosh and Norton AntiVirus™ for Macintosh-the top two utilities on the Macintosh platform-in one integrated package that is easy to install and use.
"With Norton SystemsWorks for Macintosh, Symantec is once again demonstrating its leadership on the Macintosh platform," said Steve Cullen, senior vice president of Symantec's Consumer Products Division. "By offering the platform's first integrated utility suite that includes our top-rated anti-virus protection as well as our comprehensive problem-solving tools, we now have a solution for every Macintosh user from the G4 power user to the general consumer who uses the iMac."
"The Mac platform provides incredible business opportunities for developers seeking to create powerful, yet easy-to-use products," said Clent Richardson, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. "Symantec has met the need for anti-virus protection and utility software by expanding its Macintosh product line to include a single suite consisting of best-of-breed utilities."
Norton SystemWorks for Macintosh includes Norton Utilities for Macintosh 6.0, Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh 7.0 and LiveUpdate™ 1.6 (an Internet-based solution that can automatically download product patches and updated virus definitions). Also included in Norton SystemWorks for Macintosh is Dantz Retrospect® Express v4.0.3 and Aladdin Spring Cleaning™ v3.5.
Principal benefits of Norton Utilities for Macintosh are disk repair, optimization and data recovery. New features of v6.0 include the ability to scavenge and rebuild directories for improved data recovery and custom Speed Disk™ optimization profiles that allow users to arrange data on their drive to suit their specific needs.
Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh protects users by scanning at all points of entry and updating virus protection via the Internet. New features for v7.0 include email scanning, which will automatically scan for viruses and perform repairs as needed, and simplified preferences that will allow users to quickly set up the product to the level of automatic protection they require - minimal, standard, full or no automatic protection.
Customers will be able to use Norton Utilities for Macintosh and Norton Antivirus for Macintosh to analyze and repair problems on Mac® OS 8.1 and above and Mac OS X Public Beta disks when running from the Mac OS 9 partition or bootable CD.
Aladdin Spring Cleaning™ frees up space on users' hard drives by safely and completely uninstalling old programs and their related files-without deleting anything the user needs. Spring Cleaning allows users to get rid of outdated applications, extensions, preferences, fonts, aliases and other files. It also allows users to remove the clutter left over from Internet sessions, including cache files, cookies and history logs.
Dantz Retrospect® Express lets users copy files quickly and easily to a wide range of removable media, including CD-R, CD-R/RW, Zip®, Jaz®, SuperDisk®, magneto-optical, and DVD devices. Users may also back up to a secure site over the Internet. The EasyScript wizard allows users to schedule automatic, unattended backups.
Pricing and Availability
Norton SystemWorks for Macintosh is scheduled to be available mid-November at an estimated retail price of $129.95. Current users of Norton Utilities for Macintosh, Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh, Aladdin Spring Cleaning and Dantz Retrospect will be able to upgrade at an estimated price of $79.95.
Norton SystemWorks for Macintosh requires a PowerPC processor, Mac OS 8.1 or higher, must boot from Mac OS 9 to repair Mac OS X Public Beta disks, 24MB of RAM, 20MB hard disk space for Norton AntiVirus and Norton Utilites, 10MB hard disk space for Aladdin Spring Cleaning, 30MB hard disk space for Dantz Retrospect Express, 10% of disk space available recommended for Speed Disk, CD-ROM drive, and an Internet connection (for LiveUpdate functionality).
Symantec is the world leader in providing solutions to help individuals and enterprises assure the security, availability, and integrity of their information. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in more than 40 countries. More information is available at www.symantec.com.
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FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENT: This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding expected product releases, features and pricing. There are certain important factors that could cause Symantec's future development efforts, performance or achievements 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, fluctuations in currency exchange rates and economic structures of foreign operations, changes to operating systems and product strategy by vendors of operating systems, new security threats and the importance of new Symantec products. Actual results may differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements above. Additional information concerning those and other factors is contained in the "Risk Factors" section of the company's previously filed Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2000 and Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2000.