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AVAILABLE: Opera officially released the public Pocket PC Beta of Opera 8.5
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 18.01.06 - 12:02:51 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 23534x
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The waiting has an end, at least! Today Opera released the long awaited public Beta of its Opera 8.50 browser for Windows Mobile based Pocket PCs!
The Opera 8.5 Pocket PC beta version is based on the same core as the Opera 8.5 desktop browser and brings the full Internet to Windows Mobiles Pocket PCs.

The current beta version is available for both Windows Mobile 2003/2003 Second Edition and Windows Mobile 5.0!


  • Open URL with auto-complete
  • Zoom
  • Download
  • Multiple Windows
  • Navigation and history
  • Bookmarks
  • Landscape/Portrait Mode
  • Full screen/Fit to screen
  • Pop-up handler
  • Pad-lock icon on secure sites
  • User preferences
  • Context menu

"Ever since we released Opera 8 for Windows Mobile 2003 Smartphone in June 2005, people have been asking for Opera for their Pocket PCs," says Christen Krogh, VP Engineering, Opera Software. "We are very pleased to offer the latest version of Opera Mobile to Pocket PC owners, so they may finally have a proper Web experience on their devices."

"Opera Mobile 8.5 for Pocket PC offers unmatched speed and usability, which is why we included it on our latest Sharp W- ZERO3 flagship device for the advanced Japanese market" says Tadasu Tsuchihashi, Executive director, Willcom INC. "Thanks to Opera Mobile's unique rendering technology the Web surfing experience on Pocket PC devices is now remarkably close to that of a PC."

Opera 8.5 for Windows Mobile Pocket PC supports all major Web standards, including CSS2, DOM 2 and JavaScript, and offers a fast, secure and user-friendly Internet experience unlike any other on these devices. Based on Opera's latest core code, Opera 8.5 for Windows Mobile Pocket PC includes Opera's rendering technology that dynamically reformats Web pages to fit the width of any screen size.

The beta version of Opera 8.50 for Pocket PC is available for immediate download but has a 45-days trial period limitation. The commercial version wasn't released yet.

Cheers ~ Arne

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