Opera 7.50 Browser Ships with E-mailer, Newsreader, Chat, Database

5/13/2004 - Opera Software released 7.50 for Windows, Mac, Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris. Opera 7.50 offers users hungry for a better Internet experience the latest advancements in Internet technologies, with the same engineering excellence and inventiveness that made its browser rendering so famous, now also offers a top-notch e-mailer, newsreader, IRC-compatible chat client, contact database, support for RSS newsfeeds and much, much more. Still, with all the features, Opera remains the fastest, best coded, small browsing application in the world, weighing in at 3.5 MB.

Opera's whole user interface has been revamped for 7.50. Along with fast, customizable browsing, users get complete integration of all their favorite Internet activities easily accessible from a new panel selector. Apart from Opera's unique browsing experience, users can enjoy Opera Mail, the built-in e-mail client, offering intelligent e-mailing with support for fast content search, a contact database, a newsreader, automatic filtering, and now features a spellchecker and RSS newsfeeds. Opera's debuting chat client is IRC-compatible and supports both private and group chats.

"Most Internet users are browsing slowly and conducting other Internet activities with applications that should have been retired years ago. Internet Explorer is an aged application that Microsoft has not given a major update in years, and according to press reports they are not planning to upgrade it in the near future. At the same time, most people's e-mail applications still function like it's 1994," says Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. "Internet users who are looking for something faster, packed with fun features and innovations that will also make them more efficient when online, will find Opera a thrilling experience."

For more information, please refer to the changelog: www.opera.com/windows/changelogs/750/

The browser is available free of charge thanks to a sponsored advertising in the user interface. Users that choose to register their version can remove the advertising, access premium support and receive 6 months free use of Opera Web Mail Premium for USD 39. Various discounts apply.

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 include companies such as IBM, Nokia, Sony, Motorola, Adobe, Macromedia, 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, FreeBSD, Solaris and Mediahighway.

Opera Software ASA is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with development centers in Linkoping and Gothenburg, Sweden, and a sales representative in Austin, TX. The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPERA. Learn more about Opera at www.opera.com.

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