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Official Opera 9 launch in Seattle

June 20, 2006

Coming to you live from Opera’s Opera 9 product launch in Seattle.

(Check back to this post, as I’ll be posting updates)

Photos of the event are available here. I’ll post them as the event progresses. (Please note, these photos are copyrighted).

About 35 people showed up to this event, including people from Google, Microsoft, W3C, and BitTorrent. I had a chance to chat a bit with the Microsoft representative, he sounded pretty positive about Opera.

Opera CEO Jon von Tetzchner made his grand entrance by arriving on a small boat. It was a little over a year ago when Opera’s CEO took upon himself the one million download challenge of Opera 8 and his failed attempt to swim to the USA from Norway.

After getting off the boat, he spoke to us a bit, before giving his speech in the ballroom.

Opera’s desktop team manager, Johan Borg, is now giving us an overview of the new features in Opera 9.

The BitTorrent people are now giving their presentation. Bram Cohen, the inventor of BitTorrent, discussing BitTorrent…

The President of BitTorrent mentioned vistatorrents.com and the power of BitTorrent… The creator of vistatorrents.com spoke briefly about the popularity of his site… (vistatorrents was recently shut down by Microsoft).

Ben Jackobson now introducing Matt May, the director of technology for an internet company… (Ben, btw, is the one who deserves the credit for this event. It was his idea).

Matt May, director of technology for Blue Flavor, is now discussing the importance of web standards…

Charles “Chaals” McCathieNevile, Chief Standards Officer at Opera and W3C member, is up on the podium… talking about Widgets… Widgets are very easy to create… allows everyone to become a web developer…

Opera CEO — Jon von Tetzchnor, and Johan Borg — Desktop team manager at Opera, are taking questions from the audience…

Time to eat…

Update: See my follow-up post “Thoughts on Opera’s Opera 9 launch event“.

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  1. June 20, 2006 at 2:26 pm

    Thumbnails are broken. I hope you got a picture of that boat entrance.

  2. June 20, 2006 at 2:29 pm

    *Some* thumbnails are broken….and you did get a picture. Nice.

  3. June 20, 2006 at 3:19 pm

    Enjoy yourself.
    And Microsoft representative positive about opera? Then why dont they just fix their stupid sites, so that it can work with better browsers.

  4. sc
    June 20, 2006 at 3:50 pm

    “About 35 people showed up to this event, including people from Google, Microsoft, W3C, and BitTorrent.”

    Any press?

  5. Tommy
    June 20, 2006 at 3:52 pm

    I believe his name is spelled “Cohen” 😉

  6. Bill
    June 20, 2006 at 6:32 pm

    Coming to you live? You’re some kind of Channel 5 reporter? 🙂 Just think it’s funny.

  7. Dan DeVaney
    June 20, 2006 at 6:44 pm

    Have you considered working for Opera Daniel?

  8. Joel
    June 20, 2006 at 7:54 pm

    Yeah, you managed to throw in quite a handful of spelling mistakes there…

  9. Mike
    June 21, 2006 at 1:08 am

    Yeah, you managed to throw in quite a handful of spelling mistakes there…

    I’m guessing that, as he probably wouldn’t bring a laptop with him to the dinner table, he’s blogging using his cell phone or other mobile device, hence the spelling errors.

  10. June 21, 2006 at 2:01 am

    Coming to you from the Warwick Biz Center (hence the horrible IE browser), it was nice meeting you and hanging out. Great day, great event.

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