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TechWeb: Opera: Browsing To A Different Tune

Jun 14, 2000, 20:57 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Stewart)

"When it comes to Web browsers, we all know the two main players, and probably not a whole lot more. But there's an "alternative" browser out there gaining popularity and challenging the big boys in both form and functionality If you haven't heard of Opera, it's time you did."

"Opera packs a lot of punch in a small, lean package. The application weighs in at a mere 1.5 Mbytes... installation takes less than a minute. The latest version requires only 4 Mbytes of RAM and 3 to 7 Mbytes of hard disk space. Compare this to current versions of Communicator and Internet Explorer that both weigh in at over 20 Mbytes and require at least 16 Mbytes of RAM."

"By focusing heavily on customer feedback, Opera Software has established a strong user community. The company realizes the power of word-of-mouth advertising, and asks its users to help spread the word. The Opera browser is said to adhere to strict HTML standards, and independent tests by the Web Standards Project and Web Review have verified that it does better than either of the main browsers in this area."

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