Opera Software 1995 – 2005: Celebrating ten years of browser innovation

Oslo, Norway – August 30, 2005

It’s been ten years: Ten years of innovation and ten years of gratitude to Opera users. Today, Opera Software ASA gives back to its community.


At 15:00 CET / 09:00 AM EST today, Opera launches its online party, specifically designed for its large community following. As a sign of gratitude for the community’s continuing support, Opera will give away complimentary registration codes for 24 hours. At the party site, people can also chat with Opera employees (including the CEO and CTO), play games, check out the history of the Opera browser, download music made by employees and send in their greetings. In addition, people can check out what happened at midnight at Opera’s anniversary party….


Beginning in 1995 ago as a research project at the Norwegian telecom incumbent Telenor, Opera today celebrates ten years of browser innovation. Opera Software ASA, headquartered in Oslo, Norway, has consistently provided its users with new ways of browsing and interacting with the Web.


“On this day we celebrate our users. From the very beginning, we’ve consistently worked closely with our community to make sure we deliver the best Internet experience. In short, we would never have been where we are today without all the people who have volunteered their time and energy to Opera,” said Jon S. von Tetzchner, Opera Software CEO.

Since its small beginnings, Opera has grown to a 250-person organization that is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange and boasting a healthy balance sheet. With 30 nationalities represented among the employees, Opera Software is a truly global organization, serving corporate and private customers across the world. Recently, the company launched Opera Miniâ„¢, a Web browser that can run on almost any mobile phone. This makes the innovative Opera mobile Web browser compatible with nearly 700 million phones across the world.


Looking to the future, Opera aims to continue to provide an innovative, standards-compliant, secure and easy-to-use browser for all kinds of devices and platforms.