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Internet Browser
    (December 1996- )
    Built in Norway
    Initially developed by Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner and Geir Ivarsøy
    Product of the Opera Software company
    Opera 2.1 beta 1 - September 1996
    Opera 2.12 - February 1997
    Opera 3.0 beta 1 - September 15 1997
    Opera 4.0 - June 28, 2000
    Opera 5.0 - December 6, 2000
    Opera 6.0 - November 29, 2001
    Opera 7.0 - January 28, 2003
    Opera 8.0 - April 19, 2005
    It is heavy on ads when other browsers are available for free.
    It forces its users to pay a registration fee or continue to put up with ads.
    Its global usage is insignificant.
    It has had numerous problems with the MSN website and its programmers accused Microsoft of trying to make them look bad.
    CEP Jon S. von Tetzchner vowed if Opera 8 was downloaded 1 million times in four days, he would swim from Norway to the United States making only one stop at Iceland for hot chocolate.
    It was downloaded 1 million times on the third night and when he followed through with his promise, the company raft sank by the southern tip of Norway and ended the voyage.
    It has compatibility issues, so codes that work in other browsers do not work in Opera.
    It was not widely released, until version 2.1.
    It has a large user base in Europe.
    It survived the browser wars of the late 1990's.
    The company that publishes it was paid $12.75 million by Microsoft (allegedly) for the problems involving MSN (May 2004).
    It offers free licenses to colleges.
    Opera 8 is the first browser to use voice support.

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