Sweet! Until its release of Opera for Smartphone, Opera always denied that it will go to release a Pocket PC version sooner or later but with the official release of Opera for Smartphone, Opera also announced that a "Pocket PC version is under development".
Now PocketCenter.de got its hands on a first version and has published three screenshots of Opera for Pocket PC, running on a VGA Fujitsu Siemens Pocket Loox 720:
With the left and right soft-buttons on the bottom, this version looks pretty much as it will be optimized for Windows Mobile 5.0 which utilize soft-buttons and yes, it looks promising! If I can add just one wish I have for the Opera developers: use the Pocket Internet Explorer Bookmark/Favorite file-system instead of your own. In this case, Mobile Favorites would continue to work for Opera users which would give me a good reason to switch to Opera on both: Smartphone and Windows Mobile.
Neither a release date (neither for a first public Beta nor for the final version) nor a price was announced yet but I expect to see it available latest end of this year since Opera already made good experiences with the Opera for Smartphone developments.
Cheers ~ Arne