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      Opera Browser News


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      Opera Features
      1. More secure than Internet Explorer, AOL and Netscape (Equal to Firefox)
      2. Faster than Mozilla Firefox, IE, AOL and Netscape
      3. Opera is an Internet browser with a pop-up blocker
      4. Choose from 100s of free "skins" and free program add-ons created by opera staff and opera users to make opera work like YOU want it to work, not the software company
      5. multiple-windows navigation and browsing. unlimited sites in ONE window for simultaneous viewing!
      6. built in download manager with resume. fast!
      7. mouse gestures
      8. keyboard shortcuts
      9. built-in e-mail client with Spam filter
      10. integrated search within email client (never lose an email again)
      11. cross-platform browser
        (can work with any site and copy/paste from any other browser)
      12. IRC-compatible chat,
      13. support for RSS newsfeeds
      14. password manager
        (1-click access to all specified passwords for all your sites,accounts etc)
      15. one-click customization and privacy protection settings.
      16. Mouse gestures and keyboard shortcuts
      17. accelerated Web navigation w/Fast Forward and Rewind buttons
      18. personalize the user interface with one-click skins.
      19. special elements for users with disabilities
      20. drag-and-drop support
      21. built in notes/note pad
      22. user profiles
      23. Opera supports the latest in security and provides password and cookie managers.


      March 22, 2005, 7:45 AM PST
      Wanted: Browser specialists?

      Software engineers specializing in browsers seems so...1995. But Opera Software is on a tear to sign some up.

      The Norwegian software developer, which has been making browsers since the mid-1990s, is hiring. It had 128 employees in January 2004. The number has gone up to 210 and the company hopes to have "at least 250 employees" by the end of the year, CEO Jon von Tetzchner told an audience at PC Forum, a conference taking place in Scottsdale, Ariz., this week. PC Forum is part of News.com parent CNET Networks.

      The growth plan in part comes from the Opera's emphasis on browsers for mobile phones. Last year, 13 phones that use the company's software came out, he said. Later this year, phones for the Vodafone network will come equipped with the Opera platform, a fancified browser that lets the phone maker put weather, news bulletins and other information on the interface of the phone.

      WAP, an Internet protocol created for phones, was supposed to be the standard of choice for phones, but networks are fast enough now to handle standard browsers. Price is also not an issue when it comes to Opera.

      "We are dirt cheap," von Tetzchner said.

      Opera 8, coming out soon, will also let people navigate via voice commands. "People look at you funny (when you're using voice commands), but at least you have a reason," he said.

      Opera got a $12.75 million from Microsoft in 2004 to head off a threatened lawsuit. Dan'l Lewin, a Microsoft vice president, was in the audience for the presentation.
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      first trade union web browser!


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      http://www.labourstart.org/opera.shtml

      Welcome to the world's first trade union web browser!

      LabourStart and Opera Software announce the first-ever co-branded trade union Internet software

      What's a trade union web browser?

      By a trade union web browser, we mean one which has specific features built-in that make it more useful for trade unionists than an ordinary browser.

      What kinds of features?

      For example:

      It has to be free. Members of our unions are not going to buy software when monopolistic companies like Microsoft are giving it away.


      It has to work on computers that aren't necessarily the very latest word in hardware. Our members can't always afford to buy a new computer every two years.


      It has to download quickly. Workers cannot afford to pay telephone companies by the minute while waiting for a 20 MB download which could take hours. (Have you checked out the size of Netscape's latest offering?)


      It has to include links to dozens of useful sites for trade unionists -- and when it tries to sell me something like books, it had better be from a unionized business.


      It has to work in my language. Respect for others' culture and languages has long been a basic value of the trade union movement.


      The default homepage shouldn't be Microsoft Network (MSN) or Netscape Netcenter, which are little more than online shopping malls, but something more useful to trade unionists. Like, for example, Labourstart.


      Finally, the company that makes the browser has to be, at the very least, not hostile to trade unions.


      Why Opera?
      Opera is now free. (It wasn't before December 2000, but it is now.)


      Opera will work on older computers because it's a slim, fast browser. You don't need the latest Pentium XX to use it.


      Nothing downloads faster than Opera -- it is the smallest, thinnest, fastest browser around. And it works faster than the other browsers, too -- something you'll notice if you're connecting to the net by modem.


      The new LabourStart co-branded version of the browser has links to union businesses and to dozens of other resources. Want to know what the fundamental rights of trade unionists are, according to the International Labour Organization? We've got those documents built into the bookmarks. Want to find a trade union website? You won't find a better directory than the one we've specially created.


      This browser speaks your language. We're introducing the union browser in the three languages in which LabourStart currently appears - English, Dutch and Norwegian. Each language version has dozens of links to labour sites in that language. Other languages may follow.


      The default home page of this browser is LabourStart -- and if you're taking the Norwegian or Dutch editions, you get the Norwegian or Dutch versions of LabourStart as your default home page.


      Opera has a policy of not discouraging trade union membership among its employees, some of whom are trade union members, which makes sense as it is based in Norway -- a country with one of the highest rates of trade union density in the world. At the present time, none of the three major browsers are made by unionized workforces, though we hope that Opera will be the first to have a recognized union. (See the comment below by a leader of Norway's trade union movement.)


      There are loads of other good reasons to pick Opera - multiple windows, built-in search engine, built-in instant messaging with ICQ, etc. But, hey, you can always visit Opera's home page to learn about these right?


      Why LabourStart?
      LabourStart is the world's premiere online source of trade union news. With 100 correspondents based on every continent, it has become an invaluable resource for activists.

      By starting your day with its page as your home page, you can stay in touch as never before with the latest developments in the international labour movement.

      What's not to like?
      We'd be dishonest if we told you that the Opera web browser was perfect. It isn't. So we thought we'd share a few of things that are wrong with it:

      To make the browser free, Opera stuck an advertising banner in the corner of the screen. Yes, this is annoying. But Microsoft and Netscape are really doing the same thing, just in different ways, slightly more discrete. And anyway, if you really can't take it, you can buy a copy of Opera without the ads.

      And Opera, being 100% standards-compliant, does not render HTML pages the way Internet Explorer does. Some pages which may be in incorrect HTML but which are tolerated by Internet Explorer will not display properly in Opera. This is also true of certain JavaScripts.

      Also, for those of you using languages other than English, you might not be happy with Opera's inability in this current version to work with Unicode, which is the best way to display languages. Though we understand this is being taken care of in future versions.

      Remember that when you upgrade to future versions of Opera, you will retain the bookmarks and home page you've gotten through this labour browser, so do feel free to upgrade once Opera fixes these things.
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      MSN deliberately breaks Opera's browser, claims company
      By John Lettice
      Published Thursday 6th February 2003 14:52 GMT

      Opera Software has accused Microsoft of deliberately engineering the MSN home page in order to make it look as if the Opera browser has a serious flaw in it. And the Norwegian company has published the results of an investigation which it says proves this.

      Although Opera is convinced it has been deliberately targeted, it seems at least possible that the problem could be put down to some strangely coincidental finger trouble. But if that's the case, Opera has explained how simple it would be to fix it, and one therefore presumes Microsoft will give the matter its immediate attention.



      Opera's techies downloaded the page using wget, in three different formats, identifying as Opera 7, MSIE and Netscape 7.01. The files sent to each browser are different, which is not necessarily suspicious, and the one sent to Opera7 has less content and is bigger than the one sent to IE. But that is not necessarily suspicious either.

      Where it does get suspicious is when you look at the style sheets MSN sends to the browsers. The culprit, says Opera, is a 30 pixel value set on the margin property in the Opera style sheet. This instructs Opera to move list elements 30 pixels to the left of the parent, which means content moves off the side of its container, which means it looks like Opera is broken.

      Opera tried to test whether or not this was deliberate by changing identification to the non-existent browser Oprah. This returns the IE style sheet, which works perfectly well in Opera. In Opera's view MSN is therefore looking specifically for "Opera" in the User-Agent string and sending it a broken style sheet. That, of course, could still be a mistake, as it's perfectly logical to send IE as the default if the browser can't be identified. But as there was no need for MSN to design an Opera-specific style sheet in the first place, one wonders... ®

      * The Reg, incidentally, is regularly baffled by being unable to find stuff on Microsoft TechNet using Opera, because yet again we've forgotten that for some bizarre reason, lots of results from there in IE can equal no results at all in Opera. We've no idea whether this is a plot or not, either. Or indeed whether somebody might have fixed it by now.
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      PC World Names Opera Best Web Browser in 2004


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      PC World Names Opera Best Web Browser in 2004
      Oslo, Norway - June 4, 2004

      The US edition of PC World, the most widely-read technology or business magazine, has unveiled the 2004 winners of its annual World Class Awards, with Opera 7.23 gaining the title as best Web browser.

      The magazine highlights Opera's many innovative features in its reasoning: "...a fleet-footed package that provides innovative ways to view, analyze, and store Web pages. Opera's security options are strong and easy to configure."

      "We are honored to earn the best browser title," says Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. "The recognition confirms the trend we are seeing on desktop: more and more users are tired of the ageing Internet Explorer, and are looking to get more out of the Internet. For these users Opera offers a fast, feature-rich alternative that is both fun and more productive."

      PC World's editors make their selections based on exemplary usability, design, innovation, features, performance, and value from a reliable manufacturer. The full article is available at: PC World

      Opera is now available in version 7.51 for Windows, Mac, Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris. Opera 7.51 offers users hungry for a better Internet experience the latest advancements in Internet technologies, with the same engineering excellence and inventiveness that made its browser rendering so famous, now also offers a top-notch e-mailer, newsreader, IRC-compatible chat client, contact database, support for RSS newsfeeds and much, much more. Still, with all the features, Opera remains the fastest, best coded, small browsing application in the world, weighing in at 3.5 MB.

      Get Opera 7.51 Now
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      Opera wins PC-Magazin 2005 browser test

      In a review featuring all leading browsers, German PC Magazin's Testsieger (test winner) goes to Opera in recognition of its innovation, security and user-friendliness!
      Use a German Translator (like Altavista.com) to read the article

      Opera 8 is Here: Get wit' the program. Download the world's fastest & most secure browser today!
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      Opera Wins AGAIN

      German magazine Chip begins its article (2.9 MB) comparing Internet Explorer, Firefox and Opera. According to the writer Opera wins due to the many additional features (mouse gestures, saved browser sessions, application responsiveness) it has to improve the overall browsing experience. They also compare the certainty in which the three browser makers fix bugs, in which Opera leads with 100%, leaving Internet Explorer and Firefox far behind. All in all, Internet Explorer has no chance =)

      Try Opera 8 is to See for yourself what all the fuss is about: Top Notch Online Security, Tabbed Browsing, HIGH speed viewing, Fully customized looks, Small File size
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