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Wed 19 May 2004 04:00 AM

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Free ticket to the opera

Opera Software is taking the browser battle to Microsoft with the launch of its new internet software.

Opera Software is taking the browser battle to Microsoft with the launch of its new internet software.

The company, who’s CEO Jon S. von Tetzchner described Microsoft’s Internet Explorer as "an aged application that Microsoft has not given a major update in years," has released Opera 7.50 for Windows, Mac, Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris platforms.

This popular alternative to Internet Explorer features a host of new features including a fully indexed and searchable e-mailer, newsreader, IRC-compatible chat client, contact database and support for RSS news feeds. Opera’s user interface has been completely revamped in version 7.5 and a spellchecker has also been added.

"Most Internet users are browsing slowly and conducting other Internet activities with applications that should have been retired years ago," said Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. "Internet users who are looking for something faster, packed with fun features and innovations that will also make them more efficient when online, will find Opera a thrilling experience."

Opera is available as a 3.5MB non-Java (or 15.9MB Java) download from www.opera.com.

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