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SYMANTEC ACQUIRES MULTISCOPE AND THE WHITEWATER GROUP; EXPANDS DEVELOPMENT TOOLS PRODUCT LINE OFFERINGS

 SYMANTEC ACQUIRES MULTISCOPE AND THE WHITEWATER GROUP;
 EXPANDS DEVELOPMENT TOOLS PRODUCT LINE OFFERINGS
 CUPERTINO, Calif., June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) announced today that it has acquired Mountain View, Calif.-based MultiScope Inc. and Evanston, Ill.-based The Whitewater Group Inc. Both companies develop and market products for the fast- growing application development tools market. MultiScope is the developer of the innovative MultiScope Debuggers for Windows, DOS and OS/2. The company's debuggers are unique in that they offer true Windows-hosted graphical user interface technology and the most advanced set of debugging features available, including a unique capability for post-crash debugging.
 The Whitewater Group is the developer of object-oriented programming (OOP) tools and class libraries for the development of Windows applications. The company's products include the Whitewater Resource Toolkit, an interactive tool that lets users design and modify the look and feel of Windows applications; ObjectGraphics for C++ graphics library, a tool for graphic application development; and Actor, the first OOP language developed specifically for Windows application development.
 Symantec currently has a strong presence in the development tools market, with a line of products that includes THINK C(TM) and THINK Pascal(TM), pioneers in the integrated development environment; and Zortech's C++ compilers for DOS, Windows, OS/2, UNIX and Macintosh, pioneers in 32-bit cross-platform C++ development. MultiScope and The Whitewater Group products provide superior technology that is complementary to Symantec's current line. The newly acquired C++ debuggers and object-oriented graphic design-tool technologies will strengthen and expand Symantec's development tools product line.
 "MultiScope and The Whitewater Group both share Symantec's philosophy of providing a comprehensive development tools environment that meets the key needs of corporate developers," said Gordon E. Eubanks, Jr., president and CEO of Symantec. "Both companies have very experienced, highly talented programmers who will play important roles in our development tools team. As Symantec continued to be identified as a leader in technical innovation, we are also reaffirming our commitment to growing the development tools market. This announcement will ensure our success in this goal," Eubanks continued.
 "As applications increase in size and complexity due to the increasing prevalence of graphical interfaces and more powerful microcomputers, debuggers are becoming even more important," said Mansour Safai, president of MultiScope. "Today's users are more sophisticated, and therefore they demand more from their applications. OOP offers programmers an elegant way to meet these more stringent demands, while at the same time offering the benefits associated with the reusability of code. Achieving both code reliability and reusability requires state-of-the-art debugging tools -- MultiScope debuggers are the recognized technical leaders and are essential for today's OOP developers."
 "The Whitewater Group has long been recognized as the premier innovator of OOP and windowing tools for the professional corporate market," said Mark Achler, president of The Whitewater Group. "We're looking forward to combining our many years of development tools experience with the proven leadership of Symantec in the software industry, to give our technology the broadest possible release and distribution. Our next generation of OOP class library and visual tools technology will again set new standards for ease-of-use and productivity. We are very pleased to be part of the Symantec team," Achler continued.
 The acquisition of MultiScope is a pooling of interests in which Symantec will issue approximately 165,000 shares of its common stock for the current outstanding shares of MultiScope stock.
 The acquisition of The Whitewater Group is a pooling of interests in which Symantec will issue approximately 80,000 shares of common outstanding stock for the current outstanding shares of The Whitewater Group stock.
 In the September quarter, Symantec expects to incur a one-time charge of $2.1 million, or $.06 per share after tax, in connection with merger-related expenses.
 Personnel of both companies will remain in their current locations and report to Carol Clettenberg, the newly appointed director of development tools at Symantec. Safai will join Symantec as director of debugger tools. Achler will join Symantec in the position of director of visual tools. Chuck Duff will become principal architect reporting to Achler.
 Symantec Corp. develops, markets and supports a complete line of application and system software products for IBM personal computers, IBM compatible PCs and Apple Macintosh computers. Founded in 1982, the company has offices in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Europe. Information on the company and its products can be obtained by calling: 800-441-7234 toll-free, or 408-252-3570.
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