Largest Chinese search engine collaborates with popular Opera Desktop browser to bring faster and efficient language searches
Oslo, Norway and Beijing, China – June 12, 2008
Opera today made Baidu the default search engine in Opera’s desktop browser in China. Now anyone accessing the Internet using Opera’s Chinese-language desktop browser can immediately enjoy Baidu’s powerful search directly from the browser start page.
Released today, Opera’s newest and feature-packed desktop browser, Opera 9.5, delivers your favorite Web sites faster and helps you stay safe online. Opera works on all major desktop operating systems and is available free from http://www.opera.com/.
According to Analysys International, about 100 million Internet surfers use search engines at least once a week in China, accounting for 84% of the total Chinese Internet user base.
“We are pleased to bring together the efficiency of China’s number one search engine and Opera’s innovative features,” said Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. “Together, we will bring users closer to the content they want, ensuring an out-of-the-world Web experience to our customers.”
“The partnership with Opera solidifies our goal to be the most efficient and convenient search provider,” said Shen Haoyu, EVP of Baidu. “Opera is one of the most innovative Internet companies, and we believe this collaboration will provide Opera’s users with the best Chinese search service available.”
Baidu.com, Inc. is the leading Chinese language Internet search provider.As a technology-based media company, Baidu aims to provide the best wayfor people to find information. In addition to serving individual Internetsearch users, Baidu provides an effective platform for businesses to reachpotential customers. Baidu’s ADSs, each of which represents one Class Aordinary share, are currently trading on the NASDAQ Global Select Marketunder the symbol “BIDU”.