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eWeek: Opera 5.0 changes tune to better compete

Dec 20, 2000, 08:59 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jim Rapoza)

"It's tough to move up from no. 3 when Nos. 1 and 2 are household names and you're a little-known company from Norway. It's even tougher when the other guys' products are given away for free but you charge for yours."

"Accordingly, Opera Software A/S has finally bitten the bullet and released the newest version of its namesake browser, Opera 5.0, as a free product. This removes the primary complaint leveled against Opera and, coupled with some very nice improvements in Version 5.0, will make Opera a serious competitor to both Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer and Netscape Communications Corp.'s Netscape 6."

"However, although Opera 5.0 is now essentially free, it still isn't "technically" free. The product, which was released earlier this month, includes an advertising banner that will help defray costs."

"In addition to price, Opera 5.0 addresses other weaknesses that held back previous versions of the browser, including subpar usability and mail client capability. In tests, eWeek Labs found Opera 5.0 to be a very capable, stable browser with all the necessary features one would expect. Currently, Opera 5.0 is available only for Windows systems. Earlier versions of the browser are available for Linux, Mac OS, BeOS and Epoc."

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