46 and 2, are just ahead of me
23rd September 2004
Today Opera (the web browser) announced it has removed the banner ads at the top and it has gone freeware, with the new version.
Opera.com Opera press releases
Feel Free: Opera Eliminates Ad Banner and Licensing Fee
Oslo, Norway - September 20, 2005
Opera Software today permanently removed the ad banner and licensing fee from its award-winning Web browser. The ad-free, full-featured Opera browser is now available for download - completely free of charge – at http://www.opera.com.
"Today we invite the entire Internet community to use Opera and experience Web browsing as it should be," said Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. "Removing the ad banner and licensing fee will encourage many new users to discover the speed, security and unmatched usability of the Opera browser."
Opera was previously available free of charge with an ad banner. Users had the option of paying a licensing fee to remove the ad banner and receive premium support.
"Opera fans around the globe made this day possible," said von Tetzchner. "As we grow our userbase, our mission and our promise remain steadfast: we will always offer the best Internet experience to our users - on any device. Today this mission gains new ground."
Download the Opera browser, available in 20 languages. The complete download is less than 4MB.
About the Opera Browser
Already regarded as the world's fastest, most secure browser, Opera speeds up your Web browsing with these innovative features:
- Navigate quickly using intuitive mouse gestures and browser tabs
- Start from where your last browsing session ended or save your entire session
- Access downloaded files quickly with the transfer manager
- Protect against identity theft and phishing with integrated security features
- Speak up: surf the Web hands-free using voice commands
- Shop Amazon, browse Ebay, and search the Web with Google right from the address bar
- Set reminders for Web pages you visit with the notes feature
Here's a screenshot: http://www.opera.com/img/screenshots/opera8-tabbed-browsing.jpg I must say, this is a very smart move by Opera, from what i have heard, people use Firefox because it doesn't have the ads, or they are used to Firefox or IE. I use Opera alot, but not as much as Firefox, and regardless of the ads, it is a very good browser.
Well I'm downloading its Linux version right now. Its worth downloading now :)
Wanna go Double Dutch?
9th December 2003
Hmm sounds intresting enough, perhaps i might give it a try now. But using FF for a year and a half or so corrupted my mind :p. A very good move!
Cool, i just started using Opera and the only thing that really bugged me about it was that banner ad up top. Good move going freeware with no ads, it will probably become more popular this way.
Hmmm I just tried out Opera. It seem faster on opening Webpages than Firefox. I like it but I'm going to still use Firefox as my main browser because of every thing I done to it like extensions and crap. Ad-Blocker the most is what I like.
Downloaded the free version ealrlier Opera is a very good browser but is nowhere near Firefox but Opera is still a very good browser and it now being fre makes it even better. I'll still be using Firefox the most though.
I wish people would stop caring about the ad. It wasn't nearly as annoying as those you see on most sites anyway...
Jeff is a mean boss
28th July 2002
Opera is more advanced, firefox is the "idiot free" browser (thats why I like it :p ), downloading now..........
Speaking of browsers without meaning to take this off topic when is Internet Explorer 7 out ?
Jeff is a mean boss
28th July 2002
estimated march of 06