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APPLE, SYMANTEC ANNOUNCE PLAN TO HELP SPEED SOFTWARE APPLICATIONS DEVELOPMENT; CROSS-PLATFORM SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT SOLUTION

 APPLE, SYMANTEC ANNOUNCE PLAN TO HELP SPEED SOFTWARE APPLICATIONS
 DEVELOPMENT; CROSS-PLATFORM SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT SOLUTION
 NEW YORK, June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) and Apple Computer Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) today announced a development and marketing agreement to provide a cross-platform application framework for Apple(R) Macintosh(R) computers and Microsoft(R) Windows(R)-based PCs. The agreement is designed to aid commercial and corporate software developers in quickly creating new applications for multiple desktop computing platforms.
 Symantec will provide the cross-platform application framework -- known as the Bedrock(TM) framework -- that it is currently using internally to develop applications for Apple Macintosh computers and Microsoft Windows. Symantec will leverage Apple engineering resources and Apple's current object-oriented framework technology, MacApp(R). Both Apple and Symantec will use the Bedrock framework technology internally, and work together to support the developer community's transition to the Bedrock framework.
 "Our customers face two major problems: a growing number of applications that need to be written, and a growing number of desktop computing platforms that need support," said Gordon Eubanks, president and CEO of Symantec. "The Bedrock framework, developed from our internal technology and enhanced by Apple's experience in object technology, will enable corporate customers and independent software developers to begin solving these problems."
 "This agreement will alter the dynamics of the personal computer software industry by decreasing development complexity and increasing developer opportunities," said Roger Heinen, senior vice president and general manager of Apple's Macintosh Software Architecture division. "Cross-platform development has been a very important requirement for our developers. We believe that Symantec, with Apple's assistance, will deliver the best solution."
 An application framework provides a common set of building blocks or "objects" that provide the basic structure for an application. The framework enables developers to more quickly and easily create applications while providing the freedom to innovate. MacApp, Apple's framework, has been successfully providing this support for Macintosh developers. The Bedrock framework extends state-of-the-art framework technology by enabling developers to use one framework to develop applications for multiple platforms.
 By applying the framework approach to cross-platform development, Symantec's Bedrock framework enables software developers to maintain a single version of source code for platform-specific versions of an application. In addition to shortening the development cycle, the cross-platform framework results in better product reliability and maintenance, as well as more efficient localization for global markets.
 The Bedrock technology will be available commercially in the first half of 1993 on Apple Macintosh and Microsoft Windows, with future versions supporting other desktop platforms such as IBM OS/2, UNIX and Microsoft NT. The product will be available internationally through both Apple and Symantec distribution channels.
 Symantec Corp. develops, markets, and supports a complete line of application and system software products for IBM compatible PCs and Apple Macintosh computers, and development tools for leading desktop operating systems. Information on the company and products can be obtained by calling 800-441-7234, or 408-252-3570.
 Apple Computer Inc. develops, manufactures and markets computer technology for use in business, education and government. A recognized pioneer and innovator in the personal computer industry, Apple does business in more than 120 countries.
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 NOTE TO EDITORS: For additional information on the Bedrock applications framework, call 415-592-7600 and request any of the following:
 -- For technical information, request: Bedrock Framework White Paper
 -- For market information, request: Development Tools Market
 Backgrounder
 -- For June 23, 1992, press conference remarks request:
 Symantec/Apple Bedrock Framework Remarks
 -- For hard copy of June 23, 1992, press presentation, request:
 Symantec/Apple press presentation
 Bedrock is a trademark of Symantec Corp. Apple, Macintosh and MacApp are registered trademarks of Apple Computer Inc. Other brands and products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders and should be treated as such.
 /CONTACT: Jackie Brinker of Symantec, 408-446-7490; Jackie Promes of Apple Computer, 408-974-3609; or Julie McHenry or Lerry Wilson of Wilson McHenry, 415-592-7600, for Symantec/
 (SYMC AAPL) CO: Symantec; Apple Computer ST: California IN: CPR SU: JVN


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