Opera 6.0 for Windows Beta 1 Released
New Opera 6.0 with killer features and killer looks
Las Vegas, NV - Nov. 13, 2001
In connection with COMDEX, Opera Software ASA today unveiled Opera 6.0 for Windows Beta 1, introducing a browser with an array of new and improved features, including a completely new default user interface, skins, buttons and panels. With the release of Opera 6.0 for Windows, Opera reaches out to users accustomed to competing browsers' single document interface and targets users in regions that previously could not use Opera.
The last version of Opera, the popular Opera 5.x for Windows, the third most popular Internet browser in the world, has already been successfully downloaded and installed over 6 million times. With this release, Opera for the first time displays non-Latin characters, thereby opening up the local markets in the Asia/Pacific and Eastern European region to true browser competition.
One of the most noticeable feature changes in Opera 6.0 for Windows Beta 1 is the ability for users to choose between single or multiple document interface (SDI/MDI) in the start-up dialog or change this in preferences later.
"Even though Opera is best known for its multiple document interface, the single document interface makes it easier for Internet Explorer or Netscape users to migrate to Opera and feel at ease, and then graduate to Opera's multiple user interface later on," says Hakon Lie, CTO of Opera Software ASA. "However, we think new and old users will notice that Opera's single document interface is superior to the same feature in competing browsers, by letting users keep the same firm control over documents as in the multiple documents interface while not straining additional system resources."
Opera 6.0 for Windows Beta 1 comes with many new powerful features that will speed up and improve users' Internet experience.
"Opera 5 was the wake-up call for the competing browser-makers, and the recent targeting of Opera users on Microsoft's Web properties was an acknowledgement of Opera's increasing popularity. Opera 6 will unsettle the big two even more," says Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO of Opera Software ASA. "And with a browser that looks great and has lots of new and improved features, we are sure both new and old users will find something to whet their browser appetite."
New features in Opera 6.0 for Windows
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