Opera 6.0 for Windows launched after record-breaking beta
Oslo, Norway – Nov. 29, 2001
Opera Software ASA today unleashed Opera 6.0 for Windows, a browser with an array of new and improved features, including a completely customizable user interface, and new speed boosting features for improving users’ Internet experience. The previous beta version launched at COMDEX November 13, has broken all records for a beta release, with more than 500 000 downloads in the two weeks since the launch.
Opera 6.0 for Windows reaches out to users accustomed to competing browsers’ single document interface (SDI), by offering an enhanced version of SDI as an added option on top of Opera’s traditional multiple document interface (MDI). Opera newbies that are not used to browsing in MDI can now start in familiar surroundings, immediately making use of Opera’s power-user features, and later have the option to change to Opera’s more advanced MDI environment.
Opera 5 for Windows was downloaded and installed over 6 million times.
“Opera 6.0 was received with tremendous enthusiasm all over the Internet,” says Dean Kakridas, VP Desktop Products, Opera Software ASA. “Opera 6 gives worldwide users of all levels an alternative to IE and a better Internet experience on multiple desktop platforms. We will continue to work extremely hard to provide the home, corporate and education markets the best browser solution possible.”
With this release, Opera for the first time also displays non-Roman alphabets, opening up the local markets in the Asia/Pacific and Eastern European region to true browser competition.
“Opera 5 was the wake-up call for 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 tremendous and has lots of new and improved features, we are sure both new and old users will find something to whet their browser appetite.”
Download Opera 6.0 for Windows.
Opera for Linux 6.0 Technical Preview 1 was also released this past Monday.
New features in Opera 6.0 for Windows
Please see the Reviewer’s Guide for more in-depth explanations. The Reviewer’s Guide has been expanded with a new “Power Tools” section since the Beta release.
Opera 6.0 for Windows 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.
About Opera Software
Opera Software ASA is an industry leader in the development of Web browsers for the desktop and device markets, partnering with companies such as IBM, AMD, Symbian, Canal+ Technologies, Ericsson, Sharp and Lineo. The Opera browser has received international recognition from end-users and the industry press for being faster, smaller and more standards-compliant than other browsers. Opera is available on Windows, Mac, Linux/Solaris, Symbian OS, and QNX. Opera Software ASA is a privately held company headquartered in Oslo, Norway. Learn more about Opera at www.opera.com.