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SYMANTEC PARTNERS WITH RATIONAL TO ENHANCE BEDROCK CROSS PLATFORM APPLICATION FRAMEWORK

 CUPERTINO, Calif., April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) and Rational today announced a partnership agreement to incorporate a subset of Rational's C++ Booch Components into Symantec's Bedrock Cross Platform Application Framework. Bedrock allows programmers to deliver the same application on Windows and Macintosh in a single effort. The Booch Components provide the Bedrock developer with a set of fast, reliable and widely used data structures. With Bedrock, developers can choose to incorporate only the components needed for their application, resulting in smaller, faster, object-oriented applications. This capability is not available in other application frameworks.
 "Rational's C++ Booch Components is the most advanced class library of its type," said Patrick Rigney, Symantec's director of core technology. "By incorporating these components into the Bedrock framework, we can provide users with the basic structures and tools they need to develop new applications quickly and efficiently."
 "The Bedrock application framework is the solution that will provide software developers with access to new markets," said Grady Booch, chief
scientist at Rational. "Incorporating the Rational C++ Booch


Components into Bedrock will contribute significantly to this effort by Symantec."
 Symantec Corp. and Apple Computer Inc. announced a strategic alliance to develop Bedrock in June of 1992. The Bedrock Application Framework provides a common set of building blocks or "objects" that provide the basic structure for an application. The framework enables developers to create applications more quickly and easily while providing the freedom to innovate. By applying the framework approach to cross-platform development, the Bedrock application 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 Rational C++ Booch Components is a reusable, extensible, well-documented class library of common data structures, tools and tests that were developed using the Rational Booch method of object-oriented software development. They are delivered in C++ source code, complete with a 250-page class catalogue and support for C++ templates and exception handling. The Rational C++ Booch Components, designed by Booch, chief scientist at Rational and developer of the Rational Booch method, are available for the PC, Macintosh and most UNIX platforms.
 A Bedrock early developer's release will be available in the fourth quarter of 1993. The product will be available internationally through both Apple and Symantec distribution channels.
 Rational is a leading provider of solutions for the object-oriented, software-engineering market worldwide. Rational also provides consulting, training and technical services. Founded in 1980, Rational is a $48-million company with headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif.
 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.
 NOTE: Brands and products referenced herein are the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders and should be treated as such.
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 /CONTACT: Jackie Brinker of Symantec, 408-446-7490; or Kara Myers of Rational, 408-496-3891; or Rebecca Fuller of Wilson McHenry, 415-592-7600, for Symantec/
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