..enabling schools to register multiple licenses at a fraction of the regular price, has become a success for Opera Software. Universities are signing up at an impressive rate..
..some of Opera's more well-known educational partners now include The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, Harvard Law School's Berkman Center, the University of Illinois in the United States; the University Of Darmstad and the University of Cologne, both in Germany; and the University of Cardiff, Wales.
But why should schools pay for a browser software when IE and Netscape are still free and IE is pre-installed on every desktop anyway.
Why should I pay for a hotel room when I can sleep in the street for free?
These guys have done their sums and for them (maybe not for every one) the total cost of ownership is lower and/or the quality of use is higher with Opera.
IE costs more time and resources -- those endless security upgrades; being unable to have two copies installed at once, so testing and migration is harder; significant bugs in its CSS rendering -- which may be important for classes teaching web design; etc.
Is all that worth a dollar to them? They obviously think so. I'd tend to agree.