Unheard Word homepage

The Unheard Word

One woman's slightly skewed views

Free Opera Licences — Today Only

The browser Opera is 10 years old and the developers say, “We’re giving away registration codes for as long as the party lasts!” This is the real deal: I grabbed one.


Good marketing, IMO! (And Opera 8 is a very interesting browser รขโ‚ฌโ€ I’ve had it on my machine since it first came out for Mac.)

2 Responses to “Free Opera Licences — Today Only”

  1. Prabhath Says:

    Opera indeed is a very interesting browser, and they have done a lot for web standards.

    But I do agree with Anatoly on this to a certain degree.

  2. Vicki Says:

    Hi Prabhath, nice to see you here. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I am sure I remember that when I first started getting interested in first CSS and then web standards, Eric Meyer said on the CSS-Discuss email list that Mac/IE5 was the best for implementing CSS, with Opera a close second. How times change!

    But Opera 8 does have some quite nifty features and is a very well-rounded… well… it’s now much more than just a browser. And giving away free licences as “birthday presents” is a great way for it to gain publicity and hopefully (for them) market share.

    If it gains market share against Win/IE (which we’re unlikely to ever see because I believe Opera by default identifies itself as Win/IE) the developers could be encouraged to catch up in the areas of CSS support and web standards. (Truthfully, the sites I’ve viewed on Opera 8 — admittedly not many — look just fine.)

    Anyway, the point for us webdev types is that most of us do test in Opera so a free licence is great. ๐Ÿ˜€