Opera Integrates Google’s Award-Winning Search Technology

Google now in the world’s fastest Internet browser

Oslo, Norway – May 7, 2001

Opera Software, the manufacturer of Opera, the world’s fastest Internet browser and Google Inc., developer of the award-winning Google search engine, have signed a strategic agreement under which Opera will integrate Google’s advanced search technology into its search box feature on the Opera Web Browser. Available now, direct access to Google’s powerful search technology enables Opera users to quickly search and browse more than 1.3 billion Internet pages.

Since the launch of its free Opera 5 Web browser in December 2000, OperaSoftware has offered Google as its default search engine for its search box.In the last four months, Opera Software has seen a dramatic increase inusers; more than twenty thousand new users join the ranks of Opera everyday. The Google search engine provides an easy-to-use search box thatfurther enhances the Opera user experience, making searching and navigatingthe web easier and faster.

“Google is key to helping us provide our users with the most comprehensiveInternet tool for for searching and navigating the web,” says Rolf Assev, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Opera. “With thepower of Opera’s fast loading browser and Google’s intelligent searchtechnology, we’ve combined the best aspects of search and Internet browsingto create an enhanced solution for easy access to information contained onthe web.”

“Opera’s choice to implement our advanced search technology underscoresGoogle’s leadership in providing easy-to-use and highly relevant searchresults, which are critical for creating the best user experience,” Sergey Brin, Google’s president and co-founder. “Both Google and Opera arecommitted to delivering the speed, scalability and relevancy required toensure an excellent online experience for Internet users worldwide.”

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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.



David Krane
E-mail: dkrane@google.com