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ZDNet UK: Opera to fan the browser-war flames with free release

Dec 01, 2000, 15:46 (14 Talkback[s])
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"The Norwegian software maker will next week take the wraps off Opera 5 for Windows - its first free browser. The Opera browser has had a lot going for it. It is cross-platform, fast and light. But it wasn't free. Until now."

"Opera is expected to make public the new features and functionality of its release on 6 December. The company is expected to position Opera 5 for Windows as a head-to-head competitor with Microsoft's Internet Explorer 5.5 and America Online's Netscape 6.0. Both IE 5.5 and Netscape 6 are free."

"In addition to supporting Windows, Opera also is in various stages of beta and final releases on the MacOS, BeOS, Linux and the EPOC platforms. ... It is unclear whether Opera intends to make its browser available for free on all of its supported platforms, or just on Windows. Opera officials from the company would not comment."

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