Tuesday, 30 August 2005

Opera Web browser giveaway today

If you are reading this, and don’t already own Opera, go here today.

For at least 5 years, though versions 2 through 8, my default Web browser, both on Windows computers and my Psion palmtops, has been Opera . I regularly use and test other Web browsers (including MSIE, Netscape, Mozilla, Firefox, and Lynx), but Opera remains the best for most of my purposes . (It’s also available for Linux, Mac OS-X, etc., but I haven’t tested or compared it on those other platforms.)

Normally the free version of Opera is “ad-ware” that includes a banner ad panel. Even with the ads, I think Opera is the best browser available for most users, easier to use and with advanced usability and accessibility features other browsers (read, “MSIE and Firefox”) only partially imitate, and have never caught up with. It’s smaller, faster, and more stable than most competitors — rivalled only on those measures by Lynx, which displays only text.

I paid US$39 to register Opera, and I’ve paid for several version upgrades. Considering the amount of time I spend on the Web, it would have been worth considerably more.

Today only, you don’t have to choose between the best available browser and a free browser:

Normally the free version of Opera is “ad-ware” that includes a banner ad. But today is the 10th birthday of Opera Software. To advertise this, they are giving away free registration codes today only Once you get the free registration code, it’s good forever, and eliminates the banner ad panel. Even if you don”t have time or access to downlaod and install Opera today, you can get the code today, and download and install Opera later.

If you like Firefox, you’ll love Opera. Try it!

[Addendum, 31 August 2005: The promotion has been extended for a second day: “Free registration codes are available until midnight CET [Central European Time] (GMT +1) on Wednesday 31st of August.” For those of you in North America, that means until 16:00 (4 p.m.) PDT, 19:00 (7 p.m.) EDT.]

[Further addendum, 20 September 2005: Opera has now been released in a free, advertising-free version 8.5. No strings attached, so far as I can tell, and no registration code is needed.]

Link | Posted by Edward on Tuesday, 30 August 2005, 11:38 (11:38 AM)

If they continue with their usual registration code policy, this free code will be good forever for 8.x versions of Opera. The current version is 8.02 and the code will be good for upgrades in the 8.x series, but when 9.0 comes around you'll likely need to pay for an upgraded code or revert to the banner ad version (or just carry on with your registered 8.x).

But by then most people who've tried it will probably be hooked on Opera... :-)

Posted by: John Marshall, 30 August 2005, 19:54 ( 7:54 PM)
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