Opera Software

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Opera Software

Norwegian software company, primarily known for its Opera family of web browsers with over 300 million users worldwide add

Category: Business (10)

Founded in 1995.

Countries: (56%), United States (11%), Europe (11%)

Main connections: Software, Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner, Opera Mini

Linked to: Microsoft, Duke University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Harvard University




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Opera Software was founded as an independent company on August 30, 1995 by Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner and Geir Ivars√ły add something


Opera Software's first product, the Opera web browser version 2,1 for Windows, was released in 1997 add something


In an attempt to capitalize on the emerging market for Internet-connected handheld devices, a project to port the Opera browser to more platforms was started in 1998 add something


Opera Software had an IPO in February 2004, and was listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange March 11, 2004 add something


HTML5 - The Mozilla Foundation and Opera Software presented a position paper at a World Wide Web Consortium workshop in June 2004, focusing on developing technologies that are backwards compatible with existing browsers, including an initial draft specification of Web Forms 2,0


In August 2005, the company introduced Opera Mini, a Java ME based web browser for mobile phones originally marketed not to end users but to mobile network operators to pre-load on phones or offer for their subscribers add something


RSS - In February 2006, Opera Software followed suit


In 2007, Opera filed a complaint against Microsoft in the European Commission, alleging that bundling Internet Explorer with Microsoft Windows is harmful to both the consumer and to other web browser companies add something


Kongzhong - Kongzhong has, as of 2007, a partnership with Opera Software that allows a mobile version of the latter company's Opera browser to be downloaded in China


Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner - For Tetzchner's 40th birthday on August 29, 2007, Opera Software announced that it would release the first public alpha of Kestrel, the working title of what would become Opera 9,50


Opera Mini - On February 27, 2008, Opera Software announced that Google would henceforth be the default search engine for Opera Mini and Opera Mobile


Gears (software) - On May 29, 2008, Opera Software ASA announced that Opera Mobile 9,5 would support Gears


Tegra - In September 2008, Nvidia and Opera Software announced that they would produce a version of the Opera 9,5 browser optimised for the Tegra on Windows Mobile and Windows CE


Opera Mini - On August 16, 2009, Opera Software released Opera Mini 5,0 beta, which included tabbed browsing, a password manager, improved touch screen support, and a new interface, with a visual Speed Dial similar to the one introduced by Opera Software in their desktop browser


Web typography - In 2010, the WOFF compression method for TrueType and OpenType fonts was submitted to W3C by the Mozilla Foundation, Opera Software and Microsoft, and browsers have since added support


Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner - On January 5, 2010, Jon stepped down as CEO of Opera Software to be replaced by Lars Boilesen


On January 20, 2010 Opera Software announced that it had acquired AdMarvel, Inc. add something


Opera Mobile - On March 16, 2010, Opera Software released the final versions of Opera Mobile 10


AVG Technologies - On July 1, 2010 AVG partnered with Opera Software to provide malware security in their web browser Opera, the protection was added to the existing Fraud Protection technology


Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner - On June 24, 2011, Jon decided to leave Opera Software


In 2012, Opera Software and Bharti Airtel signed an agreement to provide Opera Mini browsers to the Airtel mobile customers add something


BrowserChoice.eu - Opera Software complained that the ballot screen could not be reached in some cases because of the start configuration screens of IE. In 2012 Microsoft had issues with both Windows 7 and Windows 8 no longer leading new users in the European Union to the page


TIMWE - In 2013 TIMWE and Opera Software sealed an agreement for a mobile payments


On June 4, 2014, Opera announced that it is acquiring AdColony to bolster its mobile video ad capabilities add something


In 2015 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Opera won Global Mobile award of Best Mobile Product, Initiative or Service in Emerging Markets for Opera Web Pass and Sponsored Web Pass add something


In April 2015 Opera Software decided to not develop the Opera browser for computer in Oslo anymore, but continue to develop it with a smaller team in their Poland offices add something


In September 2015, the company announced a rebrand with a new three-dimensional O logo and brand identity add something


On 4 November, 2016, Golden Brick Capital Private Equity Fund I L.P. completed the acquisition add something


In January 2017, the company introduced Opera Neon, a new concept browser that is intended as an exploration of browser design alternatives add something


On 18 December 2017, the company decided to change its name to Otello Corporation add something


In February 2018, after previously announcing that the service and app would be shut down, the Opera Max app was sold to Samsung add something


In April 2018, the company released a new mobile browser called "Opera Touch" add something