What’s on your Speed Dial?
Beta of new Opera browser puts visual favorites front and center

OSLO, NORWAY – March 28, 2007 – Opera today unveiled the beta release
of Speed Dial, a new feature that lets people transform their top
sites into nine visual bookmarks that are immediately available in
any new tab. Speed Dial is a new feature in the forthcoming Opera
9.2, available in beta as a free download from labs.opera.com. Speed
Dial came about from careful consideration of individual browsing

“Speed Dial is based on the idea that people generally have five to
10 sites they browse regularly throughout the day,” said Johan Borg,
team manager for Opera’s desktop browser. “Speed Dial is made for
almost instant access to those sites. We want developers and the
curious-minded to discover Speed Dial. When they do, we hope they’ll
help us with another rigorous round of testing before the final

With each blank tab, Speed Dial presents a thumbnail preview of the
top nine sites as selected by the user. In addition to fast access
through the Speed Dial, users can also enter the number corresponding
with each bookmarked Speed Dial page in Opera’s address field to
access the page.

“I was curious if Speed Dial would work for me, but since I’ve
started using it my workflow has improved because there is no need to
type in the address anymore or go through the bookmarks for the sites
I always need,” said Remco Lanting, a Web developer and long-time
Opera user. “I can’t believe what I was missing all this time. Fast,
easy to use and doing exactly what it was designed for, making the
internet experience even better.”

Speed Dial continues the streak of innovation Opera has maintained
since its early days. Throughout its history, Opera has pioneered
many features now considered “must-haves” in the browser including
tabbed browsing, integrated search and the ability to start where you
left off. For more on Opera – and to get Opera Mini on your phone –
visit http://www.opera.com.

About Opera Software ASA
Opera Software ASA has redefined Web browsing for PCs, mobile phones
and other networked devices. Opera’s cross- platform Web browser
technology is renowned for its small size, performance and
standards-compliance, while giving users a faster, safer and more
dynamic online experience. Opera Software is headquartered in Oslo,
Norway, with offices around the world. The company is listed on the
Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPERA. Learn more about
Opera at www.opera.com.