Opera has launched a native beta version of Opera Mini 5 for the Windows Mobile platform today. The browser will support both Windows Mobile 5 and 6. The great part about this being a native app is the power it gives the browser. Opera Mini is now specifically optimized for the platform and free from the shackles of running under Java.
Opera excels at making mobile browser, and this version of Opera Mini is no different. Opera Mini 5 is extremely fast, as it compresses data by up to 90 percent, improving page-load speeds by significant amounts. Opera also notes that this can save you from going over your carrier defined quota for data transfer. Opera Mini 5 also has all the standard bells and whistles that users have come to love. It has tabbed browsing, a password manager, bookmark sync, a download manager, and Speed Dial.
Opera's VP of Products, Dag Olav Norem, feels that Windows Mobile deserves a better browser than what Microsoft ships pre-installed. You can try the Opera Mini 5 beta by visiting m.opera.com/next from your Windows Mobile device. You can read more about the browser and its features on Opera's website.