Opera Software and QualComm Sign Distribution Agreement
Opera will distribute Eudora Email client; QualComm will distribute Opera browser
Oslo, Norway - Jan. 15, 2001
Opera Software and QualComm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leader in digital wireless communications and advanced electronic messaging solutions for the Internet, today announced that they have reached an agreement on mutual distribution of the Opera browser with the Eudora email client for the Windows and Macintosh platforms.
The agreement calls for Opera and QualComm to distribute each other's products through their respective distribution channels, as well as promote each other's products on the Opera and Eudora Web sites.
"Today the world's leading independent browser maker and the developer of the world's premier email client join forces in distributing their popular products to as many of each other's existing and new users as possible," says Rolf Assev, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Opera Software, "I am confident that this will fuel the growth of both Opera and Eudora users."
QualComm's Eudora email software offers three user-selectable modes, including a sponsor-supported mode that provides the full-featured program to consumers free of charge. The software displays static onscreen advertisements that do not interfere with the user's email workspace or appear in the body of email messages. U.S. consumer email volume is expected to increase from 132 billion messages in 1999 to almost 432 billion in 2003, according to Jupiter Communications. To handle this growing email traffic volume, free Eudora email software in Sponsored mode offers industrial-strength features such as automatic peer-to-peer file sharing and syncing, powerful filtering and search capabilities, flame email detection, and the ability to manage multiple accounts within the single program.
About QualComm Incorporated
QualComm (www.qualcomm.com) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on the Company's CDMA digital technology. The Company's business areas include integrated CDMA chipsets and system software; technology licensing; Eudora email software for Windows and Macintosh computing platforms; digital cinema systems; and satellite-based systems including portions of the Globalstar system and wireless fleet management systems, OmniTRACS and OmniExpress. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., QUALCOMM is included in the S and P 500 Index and is a 2000 FORTUNE 500 company traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market under the ticker symbol QCOM.
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 www.opera.com.
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