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BROWSING: Opera for Windows Mobile Smartphone now available in 2nd technical preview
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 22.12.04 - 19:56:31 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 9061x
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A couple of weeks ago, Norwegian browser developer Opera Software released the first, pretty limited,  technical preview of Opera browser for Windows Mobile Smartphone 2003. Today Opera today released the second technical preview of its Opera browser for Windows Mobile. Smartphone 2003 users can now enjoy the benefits of a faster and better Internet experience from their mobile phones. This development supports operators' need for choice in OS distribution, meeting their customers' demands for an exceptional full Web browser on their mobile phones.

Following the August 2004 announcement of Opera's new development for the Windows Mobile Platform, the (above mentioned) silent technical preview was released on October 14, 2004. Though the first technical preview was not officially announced, users responded enthusiastically with more than 43,000 downloads. MS Smartphone users were quick with positive feedback. One user stated in an Opera forum, "I tested on a large's faster than anything I've seen before."

Opera 7.60 for Windows Mobile technical preview is based on Opera's latest core technology, proving that Opera's embedded deliveries are in synch with desktop browser developments. With Opera 7.60 for Windows Mobile, users will enjoy speed, smooth usability and rich content display as they access the full Internet, creating a Web experience unlike any other available for Smartphone 2003 devices. Opera for Windows Mobile supports all major Web standards, including CSS2, DOM 2, JavaScript and more.

"We want to show Smartphone users what Opera is capable of right away," said Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. "We have released a technical preview for our development on the Windows Mobile platform, so that we can expand testing and get feedback on user experiences. The 7.60-based browser is unprecedented in speed and usability and we are certain that not only users will be thrilled but operators will benefit by offering their subscribers full access to the Web."

In addition, Windows Mobile users will benefit from Opera's renowned SSR (Small-Screen Rendering) technology. SSR eliminates the need for horizontal scrolling to view a page, providing an unmatched browsing experience for MS Smartphone users.

Today's release is available for all MS Smartphone 2003 devices and can be downloaded from Opera for free. Users must be aware that a technical preview should be used for preview purposes only, as it is not a final product and does not contain all the features that are expected with the final release. Today's release will expire on March 31, 2005, and users will not be able to register it.

Please note that this technical preview is for Windows Mobile Smartphone 2003 or above (Second Edition) only. It will not work on Windows Mobile Smartphone 2002 or Pocket PC devices.

The build has been tested by Opera on the following hardware:

  • HTC Tanager - aka Orange SPV-E200, Qtek 8080, i-mate SP2 etc
  • HTC Typhoon - aka Orange SPV-C500, T-Mobile SDA, Audiovox SMT-5600, Qtek 8010, i-mate SP3, i-mate SP3i etc

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