Opera is Going to be Free

Opera has removed the banners, found within their browser, and the licensing fee to make their browser completely free. Opera’s growth, due to tremendous worldwide customer support, has made today’s milestone an achievable goal. The most full-featured Internet power tool on the market, Opera includes pop-up blocking, tabbed browsing, integrated searches, and advanced functions like Opera’s groundbreaking E-mail program, RSS Newsfeeds and IRC chat. Plus, you can customize the look and content of your Opera browser with a few clicks of the mouse.

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This was just posted at news.com,
“Removing the ad banner and licensing fee will encourage many new users to discover the speed, security and unmatched usability of the Opera browser,” Jon von Tetzchner, CEO of Opera Software, said in a statement. Premium support via e-mail is still available from the company for $29 per year. Version 8.5 also addresses some security vulnerabilities and includes a feature called Browser JavaScript, which automatically fixes out-of-date browser scripts.

Realtechnews.com also has a post about it, “Opera has moved away from selling their core browser and into selling only support services as well as Opera for mobile devices. While Opera may not have the popularity of Firefox (probably due in large part to it not being free) it does have much of the same security when compared to Internet Explorer and a couple neat features such as IRC and voice built into it.”