Opera Now Free for Education, Disabled

Opera SoftwareOpera announced this morning that it will be providing free, registered versions of Opera to educational institutions and the physically challenged. Kudos to Opera for providing their terrific browser free in this way.

See their press release below and their site for further details.

New global donations program:
Opera Gives Back to the Community, Donating Free Registered Versions

Oslo, Norway - May 28, 2002 - Opera Software today unveiled its new Global Donations Program, giving registered versions of Opera away for free to organizations for the physically challenged, schools grades kindergarten through the 12th grade, as well as Web designer schools or individual programs. Organizations can apply for free registered versions of Opera through http://distribute.opera.com/donations.

Opera’s Global Donations Program ensures that the Internet catalyzes technological innovation and advancement. By providing Opera free of charge, the program also aims to help ensure that the Internet remains a place that fits more than just one browser, by allowing the people who design Web pages to also test with Opera for free.

“The Opera donations program emphasizes the vastness of the Internet and its need for more than one browser, while providing designers with a free browser to test Web pages,” says Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. “At the same time, this program allows us to give back to a community that has given us an abundance of support throughout the years.”

Part of Opera’s promise to the Internet community has been to provide unlimited accessibility to everyone, no matter their physical challenges. Opera always strives to adhere to the demands of this group and has become a better overall product because of its ease-of-use. By now offering the physically challenged free registered versions, Opera is able to give something back for the invaluable feedback it has received over the years.

“Educational institutions all over the world, especially in developing countries, struggle to prepare their students for a career that requires computer proficiency,” says Dean Kakridas, VP Desktop Products. “The future of a healthy Internet is dependent on young people learning both how to get the most out of their browsing experience and exposing them to all the great software that does not always come bundled on their computer.”

For more information on Opera’s values, please consult: http://www.opera.com/press/manifesto.html

About Opera Software
Opera Software ASA is an industry leader in the development of Web browsers for the desktop and embedded markets, partnering with companies such as IBM, AMD, Symbian, Canal+ Technologies, Ericsson, Sharp and Lineo. The Opera browser has received international recognition from users and the industry press for being faster, smaller and more standards-compliant than other browsers. Opera is available on Windows, Mac, Linux/ Solaris, Symbian OS, and QNX. Opera Software ASA is a privately held company headquartered in Oslo, Norway. Learn more about Opera at www.opera.com.

Pal A. Hvistendahl
Communications Director
Tel: +47 99 72 43 31
US: 888-624-4846 (Press only)
E-mail: Pal@opera.com

Live Leer
PR Manager Europe
Tel: +47 40 40 14 77
E-mail: live@opera.com

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