Opera 8.50: Now completely free of charge

In what could be considered a very surprising move, and one that easily could shake the browser market, Opera has made it's award winning browser available to the masses for free, void of it's built in Advertisement Banner, giving people the choice of one of the most powerful, flexible and a very secure web browser.

Opera Software today permanently removed the ad banner and licensing fee from its award-winning Web browser. The ad-free, full-featured Opera browser is now available for download - completely free of charge – at http://www.opera.com.

"Today we invite the entire Internet community to use Opera and experience Web browsing as it should be," said Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. "Removing the ad banner and licensing fee will encourage many new users to discover the speed, security and unmatched usability of the Opera browser."

Opera was previously available free of charge with an ad banner. Users had the option of paying a licensing fee to remove the ad banner and receive premium support.

Download: Opera 8.5 | Torrents

View: Opera Press Release | Opera.com - Feel Free

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May well be a start of the biggest chapter in the browser era.



Wonder what Asa has to say about this in response to what he said in his last blog about Opera being 1/365th as free as Firefox.

And he speaks: http://weblogs.mozillazine.org/asa/archives/2005/09/opera_continues.html


Tell me you're not surprised of the tone in his title. He is one reason many people who genuinely like firefox switch to opera, I know this for a fact.

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