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Opera Distributes Macromedia Flash Player

March 26, 2001

Bundled with its next generation Internet browser

Oslo, Norway - Mar. 26, 2001

Opera Software today announced it has licensed Macromedia Flash Player technology in the Windows, Linux and Macintosh versions of Opera's popular Web browser.

Macromedia Flash Player delivers engaging, high-impact experiences thatcombine motion, sound, interactivity and graphics. Macromedia Flash Playeris the most distributed software in the history of the Web, with more than96 percent of Web desktops able to instantly view Macromedia Flash content.

"Streaming media and advanced Web design is the future of the Web," saysJon S. von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software, "By distributing MacromediaFlash Player, Opera, ensures that the product that has democratized Webdesign is brought to as many Internet users as possible."

Since the launch of its free Opera 5 Web browser Opera Software has seen adramatic increase in users. Over 20 000 new users join the ranks of Operaevery day.

"Macromedia is pleased that the fast-growing Opera user base will have theimmediate ability to experience Macromedia Flash content online," saidPeter Goldie, Vice President of Product Marketing, Macromedia, "By ensuringthe widest possible audience for Macromedia Flash content, designers anddevelopers can know that their work will be instantly available to a wide,Internet audience."

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Opera Software ASA is an industry leader in the development of Webbrowsers for the desktop and embedded markets, partnering withcompanies such as IBM, AMD, Symbian, Canal+ Technologies, Ericsson,Sharp and Lineo (now a division of Embedix). The Opera browser hasreceived international recognition from end users and the industrypress for being faster, smaller and more standards-compliant than otherbrowsers. Opera is available on Windows, Mac, Linux/Solaris, OS/2,Symbian OS and QNX. Opera Software ASA is a privately held companyheadquartered in Oslo, Norway. Learn more about Opera at www.opera.com.

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