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Opera expanding its sliver of the Web browser market

A recent report from WebSideStory shows that the alternative Opera Web browser is gaining marketshare, although the market is still dominated by Microsoft and Netscape. Opera’s global marketshare as of Nov. 29, 2001 stood at 0.67 percent—more than double what it held at the start of the year—although the browser is proving to be more popular in some European countries. In Russia, for example, Opera enjoys a 5.88 percent share of the market, while in Germany and Sweden it accounts for 3.37 percent and 1.8 percent of Web browsers, respectively. Beta versions of Opera 5 are currently available for Mac OS 8/9 and Mac OS X in both a free, ad-sponsored version and a paid version.

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