Opera for BeOS Browser Beta Available Today for Public Download

New browser marks Opera Software’s first step into multiple platform market

Oslo, Norway – July 29, 1999

Opera Software A/S (Opera) announces the release of its first non-Windows(TM) browser as a public beta. Making Opera for BeOS the first step toward an Opera goal of an Opera browser on all significant platforms.

“This is a breakthrough for our company”, comments Jon S. vonTetzchner, CEO and co-founder of Opera Software, on the phone from Denmark. “This confirms that the collaboration between our own core development team and the team of Hern Labs in Sweden has been fruitful. The Opera for BeOS port has already received a lot of attention and interest from different Internet Appliance Manufacturers worldwide. We perceive this attention to be caused by the current growth and anticipated continued expansion of the appliance market. Our vision is the Internet for all, and we anticipate more and more ‘online instantly’ devices and appliances. We believe the Opera browser to be ideal for this market with its functionality, speed and compactness”.

“Now, after releasing the beta version, we expect to receive a lot ofgood feedback from beta testers all around the globe”, said RikardGillemyr, member of the Opera for BeOS developer team. “We are extremelypleased with the results of our collaboration and expect this beta tobe the first step in a multi step process toward creating an Opera onBeOS.”

About Hern Labs AB

Hern Labs AB is an expanding software development company, focusing ondeveloping applications and tools for the Be Operating System (BeOS).With its hands-on experience from working with the Opera browser, thecompany aims at becoming the first choice in bringing both existing aswell as new applications to the BeOS platform. Hern Labs is aprivately held company located in Linkoping, Sweden. Hern Labs AB canbe reached at + or on the World Wide Web at www.hernlabs.se.

About Opera Software

Opera Software ASA is an industry leader in the development of Webbrowsers for the desktop and embedded markets, partnering withcompanies such as IBM, AMD, Symbian, Canal+ Technologies, Ericsson,Sharp and Lineo (now a division of Embedix). The Opera browser hasreceived international recognition from end users and the industrypress for being faster, smaller and more standards-compliant than otherbrowsers. Opera is available on Windows, Mac, Linux/Solaris, OS/2,Symbian OS and QNX. Opera Software ASA is a privately held companyheadquartered in Oslo, Norway. Learn more about Opera at www.opera.com.


Hern Labs AB

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