Faster surfing on Windows Mobile

The Opera browser now available for Pocket PC

Oslo, Norway – May 31, 2006


Opera Software today released Opera Mobileâ„¢ 8.6 for Windows Mobile(R), finally offering Pocket PC owners a fast and user-friendly Web surfing experience on their devices. Opera Mobileâ„¢ 8.6 for Pocket PC takes full advantage of the larger screen and higher resolution of PPC devices by offering tabbed browsing and surfing in horizontal landscape mode. The browser is based on Opera’s newest core code and runs on Windows Mobile 5 and 2003 SE. Opera Mobileâ„¢ for Pocket PC is available from and comes with a free 30-day trial.

“Until now, Web browsing options on Pocket PCs have been decidedly limited, says Paul O’Brien, founder of – one of the world’s largest Windows Mobile communities with nearly 140,000 members. “Opera Mobile for Pocket PC finally brings browsing speed, security and usability closer to a desktop experience. For owners of Internet connected Pocket PC devices, Opera is a must-have.”


The development of the Opera browser for Windows Mobile is a result of market demand from mobile phone operators and end-users. Today’s release follows the beta preview of Opera Mobile for Pocket PC announced on January 18, 2006, and promises to deliver a superior Web surfing experience on PPC devices. The first operators to offer Windows Mobiledevices with Opera Mobile are T-Mobile through their Web’n’Walk offering, and the leading Japanese operator, Willcom.*


“Pocket PC owners are typically advanced users who expect the best and actively seek out better software for their devices,” says Roger Carlhammar, EVP Mobile, Opera Software. “Opera’s mission is to provide the best Internet experience on any device, and we are very happy to now offer this on Windows Mobile Pocket PCs.”


Features in Opera Mobile 8.6 for Pocket PC include

TabsOpen multiple Web pages at the same time, and switch between them using the tabbed interface.Landscape/Portrait ModeOpera Mobile adapts Web pages to fit the width of the screen in both landscape and portrait modes.Web address auto-completeThe browser remembers your typed-in addresses. ZoomMagnify text and images in Web pages for better accessibility. DownloadGet any files and content from the Web, including ringtones and images. Full screenView Web pages with the browser interface, or in full screen mode. Fit-to-screenBrowse Web pages in full size or with Opera’s Small-Screen Renderingâ„¢ to avoid horizontal scrolling. Pop-up handlerBlock unwanted pop-ups Pad-lock icon on secure sitesThe browser can identify trusted sites to avoid scams and phishing attemptsMore information

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Opera Mobileâ„¢ for Windows Mobile Pocket PC is available from and comes with a free 30-day trial. The browser runs on both Windows Mobile 5 and 2003 SE. Opera Mobileâ„¢ for Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphones will be available shortly.

* Willcom offers Opera Mobile as a download, and not as a pre-installedapplication, as this press release initially said. We apologize for theincorrect information.