Feel Free: Opera Eliminates Ad Banner and Licensing Fee

Oslo, Norway – September 20, 2005: Opera Software today permanently removed
the ad banner and licensing fee from its award-winning Web browser. The
ad-free, full-featured Opera browser is now available for download –
completely free of charge – at

“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

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.”

Download the Opera browser, available in 20 languages, at The complete download is less than 4MB. It is
available beginning at 9:00 AM CET.

About the Opera Browser
Already regarded as the world’s fastest, most secure browser, Opera speeds
up your Web browsing with these innovative features:
– 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

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About Opera Software
Opera Software ASA is an industry leader in the development of Web browser
technology, targeting the desktop, mobile, PDA, home media and vertical
markets. Partners include companies such as IBM, Nokia, Sony, Motorola,
Adobe, Macromedia, Symbian, 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 Software ASA is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with development
centers in Linkoping and Gothenburg, Sweden. The company is listed on the
Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPERA. Learn more about Opera