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Reuters: Opera is Coming to Silicon Valley
tedster




msg:3378776
 1:39 am on Jun 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

In a move that signals a more aggressive involvement in the US market, Opera Software is opening offices in California's Silicon Valley.

Opera Software's office will initially house 10 of the company's 400 employees, who will manage partnerships with Internet companies including Google, Yahoo Inc. , and eBay Inc. and work with staff of telecommunications carriers and mobile handset makers who are based in the area.

Reuters article [investor.reuters.com]


 

BlobFisk




msg:3384090
 11:54 am on Jul 2, 2007 (gmt 0)

Interesting... Sounds like a primarily sales office, but hopefully it spells some more excellent Opera releases.

tedster




msg:3384449
 7:25 pm on Jul 2, 2007 (gmt 0)

I really admire this company. I've used the Opera browser since version 3. They do not aim for "world domination" but they set their sites on executing a solid business plan and having a great offering. When you are that sane, who knows what you can achieve, eh?

BlobFisk




msg:3384877
 9:36 am on Jul 3, 2007 (gmt 0)

Exactly! I have been a big, big fan of Opera for a long time and even bought their (ad free) browser before it went completely free.

They have always released very solid software with great innovations. As most of us will know those two things are quite hard to to on anything but very lax time frames.

I'm really looking forward to see what's coming in the future from them.

testing0




msg:3385570
 10:47 pm on Jul 3, 2007 (gmt 0)

yeh been using opera browser long time and its the best :D

lavazza




msg:3385614
 12:07 am on Jul 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

I first discovered the web on a windoze machine and had no idea that there was a choice

My introduction to Opera was a turning point, not only with regard to how I surfed but also - and far more importantly - in terms of realising that there is no need for one monolithic giant to have a monopoly

So, THANKS Opera!

However, although I still use Opera (almost) daily, it's no longer my default browser - simply because I got used to Firefox in the days/months when sites like my bank, Gmail etc did NOT work in Opera... even if I 'identified as IE'

I admire Opera's philosophy of adhering to standards... but I fear that doing so in such a rigid manner might cost them (and therefore us) more than its worth in the long run

ByronM




msg:3388268
 3:43 am on Jul 7, 2007 (gmt 0)

Why would Opera want to spend that much on an expensive facility?

keep it simple :)

tedster




msg:3388601
 10:51 pm on Jul 7, 2007 (gmt 0)

I think the idea here is to help Opera make better use of strategic partnerships through more face-to-face meetings. Strategic partnerships are what's been keeping Opera cooking so far, and enabled them to make the browser completely free.

Opera is not in a market position to directly challenge the big browser names right now, but they have made inroads through strategic partnerships, such as Nintendo's Wii, Motorola phones and so on. Getting their browser burned directly into a chip has been a good thing. These folks definitely have some business savvy, and I'm sure that being more visible to Google, Yahoo, and the whole of the Valley will help them go even further.

tourmapia




msg:3393172
 11:31 pm on Jul 12, 2007 (gmt 0)

How does Opera makes money? Since everyone is using Opera for free...

And i dont see any ads there also...

lavazza




msg:3393192
 11:58 pm on Jul 12, 2007 (gmt 0)

[opera.com...]

Premium Support
Price: USD 29

Opera 8.60 for S60
Opera 8.60 for Pocket PC
Opera 8 for Windows Mobile is available for Qtek 8080, Orange SPV-E200, I-Mate SP3, T-Mobile SDA, Motorola MPx220 and many more phones.
Opera 8 for Windows Mobile Smartphone
Opera 6.20 S60 is available for older mobile phones running Symbian 6. See list of supported phones.
Opera 6 for Symbian 6, S60
(Opera for older Symbian phones)
Each: USD 24

Like a supermarket: pile 'em high and sell 'em cheap ==> profit :)

Mitchman




msg:3394813
 10:29 pm on Jul 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

Most of the profit is from search revenue and loyalties for devices, phones etc. coming with Opera on it.

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