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Japanese Opera in a box

March 27, 2003

Transware launches Japanese boxed version

Oslo, Norway, Tokyo, Japan - March 27, 2003

Transware Ltd., Opera Software's Japanese reseller, today began selling the Japanese version of Opera 7for Windows in a special retail version. The retail box will be soldin Softmap stores all over Japan, as well as through Transware's Operareseller Web site

Transware has had great success selling Opera in Japan so far, and theintroduction of a new boxed version will help Opera to continue toattract new customers. Recently, Transware signed up the one of thelargest univerities in Japan, the University of Tokyo, and more usersare signing up every day.

"Many of our Japanese customers prefer to install Opera from a CDrather than downloading it," says Hiyoshi Kinoshita, CEO, TranswareLtd. "We are confident that we will increase Opera's market share inJapan by releasing this retail box version of Opera to our customers."

Opera's cross-platform availability and host of accessibility features,combined with strong IMAP support, a pop-up killer, and support formultiple users provides Opera with strong competitive advantages in theJapanese market. In addition to supporting all the necessary Webtechnologies, Opera has also incorporated increased support for majore-learning solutions in Opera 7.

"We are very excited to see an increasing number of Japanese users,universities and corporations choosing the best Internet experience,"says Mary Lambert, product line manager desktop, Opera Software."Transware's local knowledge of the Japanese market plays an importantrole in Opera's recent sales success in Japan. The new boxed version isa valuable addition to their Opera product line."


Users can purchase the Opera Browser retail box from Transware's Webpage

Opera is available for free in an ad-supported version, butuniversities and colleges can register and enjoy the browser ad-freefor a highly discounted license price. Since its inception, Opera hasoffered students licenses for a specially discounted price when theyregister the browser for their own personal use.

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About Transware

Transware is a software development company based in Japan. They are amarket leader in a development of web based E-mail software, called theActive! mail. As an innovative mail solution software, Active! mailhas been receiving appraisals especially from universities andcorporations, and is expanding it's share to private users with webmail hosting service "Active!". Transware has begun themanagement of starting from 2002 as the primary resellerof Opera in Japanese market. Working closely with Opera ASA,Transware aims to promote the Opera browser to the educational sphere in Japan.

About Opera

Opera enables more than 350 million internet consumers worldwide to connect with the content and services that matter most to them. Opera also helps publishers monetize their content through advertising and advertisers reach the audiences that build value for their businesses, capitalizing on a global consumer audience reach that exceeds 1 billion.

Opera is a trademark of Opera Software AS.