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Opera, in the news.

The big comeback

10:27 am on Dec 7, 2000 (gmt 0)

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Wednesday had the most press stories about Opera since 3.21. Almost all of them were positive or neutral. The big day that was:

Free Opera: Start of Something Big! [zdii.com] (ZDNet)

"...unlike Microsoft and AOL, Opera is not competing with independent portals, ISPs, and content sites." (-Jon Von Tetzchner)

Opera Goes Free [msnbc.com] MSNBC (ap):
"Opera plans to distribute millions of compact discs to be included in computer magazines..."

Opera Goes Free [silicon.com] (Silicon.com)

"...the Porsche of browsers..."

Opera Offers Free Browser (AP via Excite)

"What set privately owned Opera apart was that its estimated 1.5 million users were willing to pay $39 for the program, while the competing products were available for free."

[url=http://www.nandotimes.com/technology/story/body/0,1634,500287248-500453912-502977717-0,00.html]Same story on Nando [news.excite.com]:

"...Opera is 92 percent staff-owned..."

(the AP story was carried far and wide - I've run into it atleast a dozen times)

Opera goes for free [cmptr.com] CMPTR:

"Any company that is brand-conscious, traffic-hungry and content-rich will find the Opera browser a valuable tool..."

SUN.com [industry.java.sun.com] (Business Wire)

"With this move the popular browser enters the reignited Browser War in full force..."

Surprise! Opera 5.0 is Free! [internetnews.com] (Internet.com)

"Because MSN is an Internet provider and a major portal, which competes with the portal of the ISP. ISPs increasingly realize this -- that Microsoft is not their friend even though they let them distribute IE. In fact, by distributing IE, they are setting themselves up for some tough future competition." -Hakon Lie

(side bar: kudos, that is a brillant stratgy)

The Browser Wars are Back [geek.com] (GeekNews)

Free Opera Hits The Web [zdnet.com] (ZDnet Blurb)

Opera browser goes free with version 5.0 [theregister.co.uk] launch (The Register.co.uk)

"Opera has gained users because of speed, its low footprint, its determined adherence to standards.."