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2004 World Technology Awards Winners & Finalists

Opera Software

Please describe the work that you are doing that you consider to be the most innovative and of the greatest likely long-term significance.

Opera Software ASA is an industry leader in the development of Web browser technology, targeting the desktop, smartphone, PDA, iTV and vertical markets. Since its inception in 1995, Opera has vastly expanded its development to realize its dream of delivering the best Internet experience on any device. Opera's browser is currently available on the following operating systems: Windows, Linux, Mac OS, Symbian OS, QNX, TRON, FreeBSD, Solaris and Mediahighway.

The basis of Opera's technology lies within a single core of Web browsing technology. Continuous innovation has enabled Opera to enhance its technologies to offer a variety of products and services that are all connected to the core. This development model presents one of Opera's comparative advantages in that it is constructed to easily weed out bugs and apply improvements and functionalities on all platforms instantaneously. Once there is a fix or development added to the core, it is then ready for the variety of operating systems Opera is available for. The millions of desktop users that use Opera, therefore, act as testers to the core of its technology that is expanded to other markets.

Additionally, Opera makes use of already established standards on the Internet, and does not force operators or Web authors to learn and write new Web languages. By adhering to open and W3C-standards, Opera attracts a significant part of the existing development communities for services and content. Opera is dedicated to keep an active role in standardization bodies and maintain the position as a front-runner in the open standards community.

The Opera browser is based on several modules. These modules can be removed or replaced depending on the device requirements. By focusing on reducing size and enhancing memory handling, Opera's technology can be set to work on most devices, including mass-market, low-end devices. Opera's small, compact size makes it ideal for any integration. It is a small package of powerful features and perfect usability for browsing the Web. Opera is currently a 3.5MB download on the desktop and 1.2MB for mobile devices.

An additional key to Opera's success in providing a preferred experience on a variety of Internet devices is its commitment to innovation. For all deliveries, platform-specific features and functionalities are continuously created. For example, a basic necessity to properly view desktop Internet pages on handheld devices is to usefully reformat pages according to their screen size. In this respect, Opera has innovated Small-Screen Rendering and Medium-Screen Rendering technology, which eliminate the need for horizontal scrolling.

By relentlessly focusing on innovation and product development, Opera now partners with some of the leading Internet companies in the world such as IBM, Nokia, Sony, Motorola, Adobe, Macromedia, Symbian, Canal+ Technologies, Sony Ericsson, Kyocera, Sharp, Motorola Metroworks, MontaVista Software, BenQ, Sendo and AMD.

Opera Software ASA is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with development centers in Linkoping and Gothenburg, Sweden, and a sales representative in Austin, TX. The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPERA. Learn more about Opera at www.opera.com.