More than three million new users have downloaded the web browser Opera in the two weeks since the Norwegian company launched its free browser.
13/10/2005 :: Opera Software permanently removed the ad banner and licensing fee from its web browser in September. The ad-free Opera browser is now available for download in 20 languages free of charge. Opera was previously available free with an “ad banner”, meaning it loaded a strip of advertisements into the browser window. Users had the option of paying a fee to remove the ad banner and receive premium support.
"We invite the entire Internet community to use Opera and experience web browsing as it should be," says Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software.
Opera Software ASA is an industry leader in the development of web browser technology, targeting the desktop, smartphone, PDA (Personal Digital Assistant), home media and vertical markets. In 2004 Opera’s web browser was named “Best web browser of the year” by the magazine PC World.
Opera started out as a research project in Norway's largest telecom company, Telenor, in 1994, and branched out into an independent development company named Opera Software ASA in 1995. Opera Software ASA is headquartered in Oslo and the company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange.