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Opera Software and Be Provide Enhanced Internet Experience for BeOS Users

November 22, 2000

Opera 3.62 for BeOS launched

Oslo, Norway - Nov. 22, 2000

Opera Software and Be Incorporated (Nasdaq: BEOS) today announced the release of Opera's Web browser Opera 3.62 for BeOS, Be's desktop operating system. Opera 3.62 for BeOS is feature-rich, fast and flexible, and provides Be users with an extremely fast and powerful Internet browser.

The BeOS-version of Opera is the second operating system platform after EPOC to reach the final release stage, furthering Opera's effort to make their Internet experience available on a wide variety of platforms outside of Windows.

"This is the first time a Web browser as complete and robust as Opera 3.62 is available for BeOS," says Jean-Louis Gassee, chairman and chief executive officer of Be. "This enables first time and professional BeOS users, as well as anyone working in the BeOS development environment, to have a better Internet experience than ever before."

The Opera family of Web browsers have received international recognition from both users and industry press for speed, standards-compliance and flexibility.

"We see a great promise in BeOS," says Jon S. von Tetzchner, chief executive officer of Opera Software. "Be's platform has already proven popular among desktop users, and we think the Opera 3.62 for BeOS will increase its popularity even more."

The Opera Web browser was developed for BeOS in cooperation with Hern Labs AB, a Swedish company offering development services and cross-platform design.

BeOS 5 Personal Edition is ideal for first-time or casual users who want to experience the power of a digital media operating system, and is available for free at A full-featured version of the operating system, BeOS 5 Professional Edition, is available through our third-party publishers: Gobe Software in the Americas and English speaking regions of the Pacific Rim; Hitachi in Japan; and Apacabar and Koch Media in Europe. The Professional Edition is bundled with additional applications and services for advanced functionality that take advantage of the power of BeOS, including features that make it ideal for individuals involved in audio and video production.

Opera 3.62 is the most feature-rich Web browser available for BeOS. The features include: Web browser functionality, multiple windows, 128-bit encryption, SSL 2 and 3, TLS 1.0, HTML 3.2, JavaScript 1.1, CSS1, full zooming key mapped to a range of zoom levels, plug-in support, and single-click toggling of images.

Be's Forward-Looking Statement:

Statements contained in this Press Release that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" including without limitation statements regarding the future market penetration and market acceptance of BeOS, and the future availability and performance of BeOS applications. Actual events or results may differ materially as a result of risks facing Be Incorporated or actual results differing from the assumptions underlying such statements. Such risks and assumptions include, but are not limited to, risks related to the demand for, and our ability to meet the product and service needs of the market; the market acceptance and market penetration of Be's products; our ability to establish and maintain strategic relationships; the availability of third party software and hardware for use with Be's products; and the benefit of Be's products to customers. All forward-looking statements are expressly qualified in their entirety by the 'Risk Factors' and other cautionary statements included in Be Incorporated's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 1999, and other public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Be and BeOS are trademarks or registered trademarks of Be Incorporated in the United States and other countries. Other brand product names are registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective holders. All rights reserved.

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About Be Inc.

Founded in 1990, Be Incorporated creates software platforms that enable rich media and Web experiences on personal computers and Internet appliances. Be's headquarters are in Menlo Park, California, and its European office is in Paris, France. It is publicly traded on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol BEOS. Be can be found on the Web at

About Hern Labs AB

Hern Labs AB is a privately held company located in Linkoping and Goteborg, Sweden. Its primary focus is on developing cross-platform solutions, thereby helping software manufacturers expand their base of potential customers by reaching new markets. Hern Labs can be reached at

About Opera Software

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


Be (U.S. and Pacific)

Elizabeth Conrady
A and R Partners for Be Inc.
Tel: +1 (650) 762-2815

Be (Europe)

Marie-Francoise Lelong-Weinberg
Tel: +33 (0)1 55 91 77 36

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Global Distribution Manager
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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.