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No Ads, Downloads Surge

October 6, 2005

Since Opera decided to drop the ads from its desktop browser two weeks ago, over three million new users have downloaded Opera.

The average daily download rate quadruples the previous rate achieved before the release of Opera 8.5.

Opera reached more than one million downloads in just the first 48 hours after announcing the removal of the ads.

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  1. Anonymous
    October 6, 2005 at 2:27 am

    God bless Opera!

    The Internet just got a little classier… about 3 million downloads and counting more 🙂

  2. October 6, 2005 at 6:03 am

    Kick ass! We need more people to have a real internet experience, using the Opera Browser.

  3. October 6, 2005 at 12:08 pm

    Wasn’t going all-free supposed to destroy Opera or something? I seem to recall people rejecting the concept on that basis…

    In all seriousness, though, I’m glad to see that the new business model has had a positive effect. As more people discover Opera, we’ll move closer to a web where people take multiple browsers seriously instead of just “IE and that other thing that was sorta Netscape-ish.”

    There’s nothing like three-way competition to keep vendors on their toes! When IE has to be better than both Opera and Firefox, when Firefox has to be better than both IE and Opera, and when Opera has to be better than both IE and Firefox, all of them will improve. (Though I hope stability will remain a priority this time through — it was the main casualty during the first round of browser wars!)

  4. Anonymous
    October 27, 2005 at 7:05 pm

    I agree with kelson. No longer is there an excuse to reduce the next Browser Wars will only involve the cute red panda versus the big ugly E. The plot thickens, and the next several years will look much brighter for a Web with thus-far straggling development.

  5. Anonymous
    October 27, 2005 at 7:07 pm

    $mylastpost =~ s/reduce/claim that/;

    Sorry, the error was just too glaring to ignore.

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