Opera Renders Web Content on Medium-Sized Screens with MSR Technology

1/21/2004 - After having revolutionized how people interact with their data-enabled phones with the introduction of Small-Screen Rendering (SSR) technology in 2002, Opera Software unveiled Medium-Screen Rendering (MSR). While SSR does a great job in generating a user-friendly version of Web pages for today's smartphone-sized screens, it is not a perfect solution for larger screens. Until now, devices ranging from PDAs used in "landscape mode" to low-resolution TV screens have not had a satisfactory way of rendering Web pages. MSR addresses all these mid- to top-tier devices, delicately squeezing content to fit the screen, without having to resort to horizontal scrolling or zooming. Opera's breakthrough has been met with enthusiasm from the industry, and MSR has already been delivered to several vendors. Products that include MSR will be announced in the near future.

Most Web pages are designed with personal computers (PCs) in mind. Typically, the screen width on a PC is assumed to have a resolution of at least 800 pixels. Smaller devices with smaller resolutions or screen sizes therefore cannot render most Web pages as designed without introducing horizontal scrolling. Like SSR, MSR readjusts Web pages to fit on other screen sizes without introducing horizontal scrolling. MSR identifies the Web page's content and adapts these different elements individually to fit on medium-sized screens. Original fonts, colors, design and style are left virtually untouched.

"It's part of Opera's vision to give users access to their favourite Web sites no matter what device they are using. SSR marked the beginning of helping the Web from its desktop confinement, and MSR now takes the Web even further towards full interoperability," says Jon S.von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera software ASA. "From our experience with SSR we also know that both users and the industry want full Web access on their devices. That's a big part of the reason why you can now find Opera on handsets from Nokia, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Kyocera, Sharp, Sendo, and BenQ. Getting access to compelling Web content enhances the user experience, drives pick-up of hardware, as well as increases operators' data revenues per user."

For a demonstration of how MSR looks on a generic device, please visit http://www.opera.com/pressreleases/en/2004/01/20/

About Opera Software ASA
Opera Software ASA is an industry leader in the development of Web browser technology, targeting the desktop, smartphone, PDA, iTV and vertical markets. Partners includes companies such as IBM, Nokia, Sony, Motorola, Macromedia, Adobe, Symbian, Canal+ Technologies, Sony Ericsson, Kyocera, Sharp, Motorola Metroworks, MontaVista Software, BenQ, Sendo and AMD. The Opera browser has received international recognition from users, industry experts and media for being faster, smaller and more standards-compliant than other browsers.

Opera's browser technology is cross-platform and modular, and currently available on the following operating systems: Windows, Linux, Mac OS, Symbian OS, QNX, TRON, FreeBDS, Solaris and Mediahighway.

Opera Software ASA is a privately held company headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with development centers in Linkoping and Gothenburg, Sweden, and a sales representative in Austin, TX. Learn more about Opera at www.opera.com.

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