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Opera 8.0 Web Browser

April 19, 2005

Opera Software today officially launched the highly anticipated new version of its browser, Opera 8 for Windows and Linux.

Opera 8 is a substantial upgrade from previous versions, and includes many new features. The default User Interface (UI) design is cleaner, more intuitive and allows for easy navigation. Moreover, users do not need to download additional extensions to access a wide range of features. Advanced features remain built-in and easily activated.

Also included is a new rendering technology that eliminates the need for horizontal scrolling, regardless of screen size.

Opera’s new voice feature allows users to surf the Web by using voice commands and to have documents read aloud. Voice is currently offered in English and runs on Windows 2000 and XP.

Gmail is now fully supported, with Opera’s full support of XmlHttpRequest.

Opera has also created a fix for the IDN security vulnerability that has affected non-IE browsers. It has created a white list for safe top-level domain names which include .no, .jp, .de, .se, .kr, .tw, .cn, .at, .dk, .ch, and .li. Sites not in the white list will show the encoded domain (with the IDN characters) in the URL field. The list is updated automatically when Opera checks for a new version.

A new security information field is automatically activated when you visit a secure Web site, indicating the level of security (1-3) and the certificate owner of the site. This allows users to better evaluate a site’s trustworthiness and minimize the risk of being subjected to online fraud, such as phishing attacks.

Today’s release for Windows is available in English, German, Dutch and Polish, with more languages to follow. The Linux version is available in English, also with more languages to come. A beta version of Opera 8 for Mac (English) is also available today.

“The vast majority of Internet users have had to deal with a slow and insecure browser for too long. People are spending more time online, and with the increase in online fraud it is vital that they have a browser that is fast, secure and easy to use. That’s what we offer with Opera 8,” says Håkon Wium Lie, CTO, Opera Software. “We’ve been in the browser-making business for a long time and I can proudly say that Opera 8 is a major leap in browser innovation.”

“With 10 years of listening to the needs of Internet users, we believe we have released a product that sets a new standard for Web browsing,” says Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. “Security has long been a top priority for Opera. To further protect people online we’ve added the new security information field. Opera 8 is designed for all users, and it has a simple and intuitive interface that can be customized to fit anyone’s needs.”

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