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TechWeb: Opera: Better, Faster, Stronger Browser?

Feb 23, 2001, 00:55 (28 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cora Nucci)

"In a challenge to Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer and AOL Time Warner Inc.'s Netscape browser, Opera Software SA recently made its browser-Opera 5 beta 6 for Linux-available in an ad-sponsored (free) version."

"And though the browser market is virtually all sewn up with Microsoft supplanting Netscape as the top draw, Opera claims to have the fastest full-featured browser available...."

"The private company reports 1.5 million paid downloads since 1995. In January, it announced that 2 million copies of Opera 5 for Windows had been downloaded worldwide since its release on Dec. 6...."

"Despite the difficulties of breaking into such a tight market, analysts believe there is room for another, better browser. Netscape is weakening, and there is a simmering anti-Microsoft sentiment, especially among professional users."

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