Opera in concert:
Opera Version 7.50 Beta 1 Released on all Desktop Platforms
Oslo, Norway – April 22, 2004 – Opera Software today released the beta 1 of
version 7.50, redesigned from the bottom up for Windows, Mac, Linux,
FreeBSD and Solaris. Today’s release marks the first time that upgrades fo=
all desktop platforms have been released simultaneously, with Opera now
bringing its Mac browser up to par. Opera 7.50 offers users a significantly
improved user experience, with added Internet functions and an entirely new
With 7.50, Opera becomes more than a Web browser. Along with browsing,
Opera users get an enhanced built-in e-mail client, Opera Mail, and a new
IRC-compatible chat feature. Opera Mail offers intelligent e-mailing with
support for instant content search, a contact database, a newsgroup reader,
automatic filtering, and now features spellchecker and RSS newsfeeds. Spam
filtering is taken a step further in this release by allowing users to
teach filters to recognize a class of messages. Classified e-mails are then
automatically directed to a designated work, personal, or special interest
folder to tailor e-mail management.
Upon opening the browser, Opera users will immediately recognize a
completely remodelled interface with a fresh, light appearance, smaller
buttons, and quicker access to key browsing features in the panel selector.
The panel selector is optimized for speed and productivity and includes
features such as bookmarks, notes and is home to Opera Mail and the
debuting chat feature that supports private and group discussions.
“Opera’s superior Internet experience is further enhanced with Opera 7.50,”
says Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO of Opera Software. “Opera now delivers all
mainstream Internet applications in a single, seamless product across
platforms. In our features power pack, fans will notice significant speed
boosting in everything from start-up loading time, page rendering, e-mail
search, UI tweaks, to even exiting the application.”
7.50 continues to push Opera in speed and improves standards support while
maintaining its status as the smallest full-featured browser available.
For more information, please refer to the changelog:
The browser is available free of charge with a sponsored advertising banner
in the top-right corner of the user interface. Users can register their
version to omit the advertising banner, receive access to support and
receive 6 months free use of Opera Web Mail Premium for only USD 29 during
Opera=B4s special Happy Hour campaign, running for a limited time only.
Various discounts apply.
About Opera Software ASA
Opera Software ASA is an industry leader in the development of Web browser
technology, targeting the desktop, smartphone, PDA, iTV and vertical
markets. Partners include companies such as IBM, Nokia, Sony, Motorola,
Adobe, Macromedia, Symbian, Canal+ Technologies, Sony Ericsson, Kyocera,
Sharp, Motorola Metroworks, MontaVista Software, BenQ, Sendo and AMD. The
Opera browser has received international recognition from users, industry
experts and media for being faster, smaller and more standards-compliant
than other browsers.
Opera’s browser technology is cross-platform and modular, and currently
available on the following operating systems: Windows, Linux, Mac OS,
Symbian OS, QNX, TRON, FreeBSD, Solaris and Mediahighway.
Opera Software ASA is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with development
centers in Linkoping and Gothenburg, Sweden, and a sales representative in
Austin, TX. The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the
ticker symbol OPERA. Learn more about Opera at www.opera.com.