Opera 6.0 for Windows Beta 1 Released

New Opera 6.0 with killer features and killer looks

Las Vegas, NV – Nov. 13, 2001

In connection with COMDEX, Opera Software ASA today unveiled Opera 6.0 for Windows Beta 1, introducing a browser with an array of new and improved features, including a completely new default user interface, skins, buttons and panels. With the release of Opera 6.0 for Windows, Opera reaches out to users accustomed to competing browsers’ single document interface and targets users in regions that previously could not use Opera.

The last version of Opera, the popular Opera 5.x for Windows, the third most popular Internet browser in the world, has already been successfully downloaded and installed over 6 million times. With this release, Opera for the first time displays non-Latin characters, thereby opening up the local markets in the Asia/Pacific and Eastern European region to true browser competition.

One of the most noticeable feature changes in Opera 6.0 for Windows Beta 1 is the ability for users to choose between single or multiple document interface (SDI/MDI) in the start-up dialog or change this in preferences later.

“Even though Opera is best known for its multiple document interface, the single document interface makes it easier for Internet Explorer or Netscape users to migrate to Opera and feel at ease, and then graduate to Opera’s multiple user interface later on,” says Hakon Lie, CTO of Opera Software ASA. “However, we think new and old users will notice that Opera’s single document interface is superior to the same feature in competing browsers, by letting users keep the same firm control over documents as in the multiple documents interface while not straining additional system resources.”

Opera 6.0 for Windows Beta 1 comes with many new powerful features that will speed up and improve users’ Internet experience.

“Opera 5 was the wake-up call for the competing browser-makers, and the recent targeting of Opera users on Microsoft’s Web properties was an acknowledgement of Opera’s increasing popularity. Opera 6 will unsettle the big two even more,” says Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO of Opera Software ASA. “And with a browser that looks great and has lots of new and improved features, we are sure both new and old users will find something to whet their browser appetite.”

New features in Opera 6.0 for Windows

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New lookOpera’s user interface has received a major overhaul with a new start-up dialog, default simple main bar (that can be enlarged to a full menubar by right-clicking), skin and panels in a blue and white color scheme. Users can choose default, classic Opera look or their own design.PanelsUsers can place their favorite Web pages in panels that are displayed in the Hotlist during their browsing session. Web pages for panels have to be optimized to the hotlist size. Panels are available at my.opera.com.Single/Multiple Document InterfaceAt start-up, users can select a single or multipledocument interface (SDI/MDI). Opera is most known for its multiple document interface, but users of IE and Netscape may feel more at ease in the single document interface, and can graduate later as advanced users to the multiple document interface.HotclickDouble-click a word or right-click a selected phrase and a pop-up menu is displayed full of powerful features including search, encyclopedia look-up, and translation.Personal BarUsers can organize and personalize favorite bookmarks and searches in one place.PagebarNew pagebar in the single document interface mode (SDI) lets users keep track of visited Web pages and drag bookmarks from the Personal Bar to the pagebar.BookmarksUsers can search bookmarks or sort them by title, date created, when visited or customize their own ordering.Drag and dropDrag and drop bookmarks between hotlist and the Personal Bar.PreferencesThe preferences section has been reorganized and has a new look. For quick access to important preferences, simply press [F12].Keyboard shortcutsNew keyboard shortcuts in addition to the many popular easy full keyboard shortcuts already in Opera.UnicodeFor the first time, Opera supports the Unicode Worldwide Character Set, makingOpera available in local languages for the Asian/Pacific and Eastern European regions.LiveConnectOpera now has support for LiveConnect, to enable scripting of Java applets and plug-ins through JavaScript.Run more than one OperaUsers can now run more than one instance of Opera at atime, thereby letting different users of one computer use separate preferences for set- up,e-mail, bookmarks, etc.Improved window handlingSwitch easily between document windows with the newCtrl+Tab feature.E-mailNew import update lets users import e-mail from Microsoft Outlook Express accounts. Added Transport Layer Security (TLS) support for POP and SMTP accounts increases e-mail security.Standards-ComplianceOpera continues its commitment to the standards as laid out by the W3C. Opera 6.0 for Windows supports the following technologies: 128-bit encryption, TLS 1.0, SSL 2 and 3, CSS1 and partial CSS2, XML, HTML 4.01, HTTP 1.1, ECMAScript, JavaScript 1.3, WAP/WML and partial support for DOM.AvailabilityOpera 6.0 for Windows Beta 1 is available for free in an ad-sponsored version. After download, users can register the browser for USD 39 to remove the small banner ad.However, all users who registered and paid for Opera 5.x for Windows are entitled to a free upgrade to Opera 6.0 for Windows. Users who registered and paid for Opera 4.x and who were entitled to a free upgrade to 5.x, will not receive a free upgrade to Opera 6.x but can upgrade at a discount.