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John Patrick, Former IBM VP of Internet Technology, Joins Opera Software’s Board of Directors

January 30, 2004

Oslo, Norway - Jan. 30, 2004

Opera Software today announced that John Patrick has joined its board of directors. Mr. Patrick is President of Attitude LLC and former Vice President of Internet technology at IBM. In confirmation of Mr. Patrick's expertise and in sharing his innovative vision, Opera Software celebrates his appointment and counsel.

During his 35-year tenure at IBM, Mr. Patrick contributed to the foundation of IBM's leasing business at IBM Credit Corporation and was Senior Marketing Executive for the launch of the IBM ThinkPad brand. Mr. Patrick has been publicly credited with bringing the Internet to IBM.

"Opera is thrilled to gain John's influence and unique insight that is based on extraordinary experience in developing the potential of the Internet," says Christian Thommessen, Chairman of the Board, Opera Software ASA. "We are looking forward to collaborating and expanding on future Opera developments."

Mr. Patrick's experience and Internet understanding has affirmed him as one of the leading Internet visionaries. Business 2.0 has named Mr. Patrick as "one of the industry's most intriguing minds," Industry Week proclaimed him as "one of the top 30 people who drive innovation and provide initial spark to economic growth," and Network World called him "one of the 25 most powerful people in networking."

"It is very exciting to be involved with Opera as it has such a creative and pioneering spirit combined with a sharp focus on bringing advanced browsing technology to the pervasive handheld devices being used by people in every corner of the Earth," says John Patrick.

Mr. Patrick was a founding member of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) at MIT and is now the Chairmanof the Global Internet Project, a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and electronics Engineers, a member of the Internet Society, the Associationfor Computer Machinery, and the Working Group on Authentication at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He also serves as a member of the board of directors for Danbury Health Systems Inc., Jupitermedia Corporation, and Knovel Corporation.

Contacts

Opera Software ASA

Christian Thommessen
Chairman of the Board
Tel: +47 91 888 000
cht@opera.com

Christian Jebsen
CFO/COO
Tel: +47 4040 1441
cj@opera.com

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