Opera Software – A Little History

In anticipation of Molly Holzschlag, Software Evangelist for Opera Software, speaking to our class on Thursday, September 17th, I’ve done a little research on Opera Software.

Opera Software is an industry leader in the development of Web browsers for the desktop, device and mobile markets. Headquartered in Oslo, Norway, Opera was started in 1994 as research project of Telenor, Norway’s largest telecom company.  Opera Software ASA was started in 1995 and has grown to include offices in 9 other countries with just over 700 employees worldwide. Opera, their product, is a high quality, multi-platform Web browser with over 10 million downloads.  Here is a time line of their major accomplishments:

  • 1995  ~ Opera Software founded and Opera 1.0 debuts
  • 1996  ~ Opera 2.0 for Windows
  • 1997  ~ Opera for MAC
  • 1998 ~ Opera for mobile devices
  • 1999 ~ My Opera goes live
  • 2002 ~ Small screen rendering developed
  • 2005 ~ 1 million downloads – Opera Mini debuts
  • 2006 ~ 1 billion page views
  • 2007 ~ Opera Mini – 5 billion page views
  • 2009 ~ Opera 10 released – 10 million downloads in 1 week

Recently, Opera Software released version 5 of its Opera Mini browser.  With extremely efficient caching, Opera Mini allows very large pages to load quickly and smoothly even on low powered devices.  New features include both keypad and touch screen browsing, tabbed browsing allowing multiple pages to be opened at the same time and enhanced speed dial allowing thumbnail displays of up to nine different websites available at one time.

Sadly, Opera Mini is not available for iPhones.  Although Safari for the iPhone has most of the Opera Mini functionality, the improved caching would be beneficial.  Although Opera Mini for the iPhone would not provide a lot of new features for iPhone users, some people just like to use something different.

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About Susan
I'm a wife, mother and student living in the suburbs of Atlanta. After 20 years in corporate IT, I am currently working for a non-profit as Director of Operations.

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