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Today in Opera History; First announcement of the Opera browser

July 14, 2005

It was on this day in 1996 that Jon von Tetzchner, the CEO of Opera, first made the announcement on the newsgroups about his new toy, the Opera browser.

Along with Geir Ivarsoy, Jon developed the Opera browser, initially known as MultiTorg Opera, while working for a Norwegian Telecommunication company in 1993.

In 1995 the Opera Software company was created, where Jon currently serves as its CEO.

This is not actually the first time Opera was mentioned on the newsgroups, as it was mentioned a few months earlier that year.

From: jons@nta.no
Subject: Opera web browser
Date: 1996/07/14
organization: Telenor R&D
newsgroups: comp.infosystems.www.browsers.ms-windows

Are you looking for an alternative to Netscape and Microsoft Explorer? Do you like the idea of having an MDI user interface and being able to browse in multiple windows? Care for a full keyboard interface for your browsing? Want to start up with multiple windows? Is your browser slow? Try Opera at http://opera.nta.no/opera.

Opera works just fine under Windows’95 and OS/2 too!

Regards,
Jon.

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  1. July 14, 2005 at 9:12 am

    Happy birthday, Opera! 😀

  2. FataL
    July 14, 2005 at 9:35 am

    С днём рождения, Opera! 🙂

  3. July 14, 2005 at 9:41 am

    С днём рождения, Opera! 🙂

    For those of us who don’t speak russian, it means “Happy birthday, Opera.”

  4. July 14, 2005 at 12:28 pm

    Why does Mozilla (Firefox) not have MDI yet?

  5. July 14, 2005 at 9:40 pm

    Why does we need MDI anyway? 😉 For example (maybe not a good example, but anyway), MS Office switched from MDI to SDI. MDI is not a simple interface for many users (e.g. need to went to menubar to switch windows).

  6. July 15, 2005 at 11:30 am

    Numberpad: 1 and 2

  7. July 16, 2005 at 4:28 am

    Shortcuts are for power/frequent users. That’s not simple.

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