This has been brewing for quite some time, and the buzz within the company has been steadily growing, and now it’s time to share it with the rest of the world.
Today, we released “Opera 8.5”:http://www.opera.com/
And as of Opera 8.5, as of today, *Opera for desktop is a free browser!* The ad banner, named “Opera’s most annoying feature” by some, is gone. That’s right: No licensing fee. No ads. Just maximum browsing pleasure for you, at no cost.
If you are curious about Opera’s reason for going free, “read this”:http://opera.com/free/
Why we’re going free
Opera has removed the banners, found within our browser, and the licensing fee. Opera’s growth, due to tremendous worldwide customer support, has made today’s milestone an achievable goal.
So, “get your copy now!”:http://www.opera.com/download/ — and read the “press release”:http://www.opera.com/pressreleases/en/2005/09/20/ while you wait for your download to finish.
Today, I am really proud of being a wheel in the Opera machine. I am proud of my colleagues, I am proud of my managment, and I am proud of Opera. Of “Opera being 365/365 as free as Firefox”:http://weblogs.mozillazine.org/asa/archives/2005/08/1356th_as_free_as_firefox.html