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Opera 5 for Windows Reaches New All-Time High

October 4, 2001

Five million downloads milestone reached

Oslo, Norway - Oct. 4, 2001

Opera Software today announced that more than five million users have downloaded and installed Opera 5 for Windows since the release of the popular alternative browser on Dec. 6, 2000.

Opera 5 for Windows was the first of Opera's critically acclaimed Web browsers to be released for free. The five million downloads include all downloads from Opera's Web site www.opera.com, as well as reported downloads from partners. In addition to the five million downloads, millions of copies are distributed monthly on computer magazine cover CDs.

"We are extremely pleased to see that we have attracted so many new users," says Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO of Opera Software. "We are looking forward to release a version that also displays non-Western characters within a few weeks, to offer the rapidly developing Internet markets in Asia the ability to choose Opera as well."

To display non-Western characters, future releases of Opera must include Unicode support. Opera has already released a version with Unicode support on the Opera 5.2.1 for QNX, and Unicode is scheduled to be included on most future releases of the Opera browser.

Opera is also available for Mac OS, Linux, EPOC, Solaris, QNX, BeOS and OS/2.

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Opera Software ASA is an industry leader in the development of Web browsersfor the desktop and device markets. The Opera browser has receivedinternational recognition from end-users and the industry press for beingfaster, smaller and more standards-compliant than other browsers. OperaSoftware ASA is a privately held company headquartered in Oslo, Norway. Learnmore about Opera at www.opera.com.

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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.

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