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FEEL FREE: Opera eliminates Ad Banner and Licensing Fee
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 20.09.05 - 16:08:48 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 11479x
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Have you missed Opera's latest anniversary promotion where the Norwegian developer gave away a free copy of their browser for one day only? Don't worry - since today you can get it for free anyway, in case you want an alternate browser for your Desktop or Notebook PC (please note - the Mobile versions are still not free).

Opera today permanently removed the ad banner and licensing fee from its Web browser. The ad-free, full-featured Opera browser is now available for download - completely free of charge.

"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."

The Opera browser is available in 20 languages and the complete download is less than 4MB.


  • 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

Together with the release of the new ad free version, Opera also introduced the latest version as Opera 8.50.

Cheers ~ Arne

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