Opera Software is 15 years old today

Exactly 15 years ago today, Opera Software was founded by Geir Ivarsøy and Jon S. Von Tetzchner.

Opera Software was founded because the company hosting the research, Telenor, didn't believe that it was a viable project. Jon and Geir thought otherwise.

Jon and Geir also believed that the full web should be accessible from any device, including mobile phones. Just about everyone else said they were wrong, and that WAP was the way to go.

Opera Software was also the birthplace of things like HTML5, and the inventor of CSS is our Chief Technology Officer.

Today, browser users take things like popup blocking, full page zoom, and searches right from the address bar for granted. Opera Software pioneered these and many other browser features, and made more of an impact on the market than most people realize.

Opera Software has branched out from tiny basement offices, to reaching users worldwide, and with offices in several countries around the world. Even today, Opera is pushing technology that most of the market does not yet understand, but which will be taken for granted when the market has matured.

All of this and more in just 15 years.

And yes, there was cake!

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30 thoughts on “Opera Software is 15 years old today

  1. Congratulations and Thanks OPERA! We appreciate your work!!!:hat: :drunk: :headbang: :cheers:

  2. :hat: too bad I don't have any more beer in the fridge or I would pop it open and drink to the next 15 years :jester:

  3. >>Opera Software pioneered these and many other browser features…Yes, but it's glory of the previous days, now this is Chrome and Safari who moves browser market forward. And Opera still has no search suggestions, full user data & settings sync, built-in Reader/iReader, separate process for each plugin/tab that increase stability of browser, and what about HTML5, Opera get something about 159 points while Chrome has 209…

  4. @Michel1. these are just your personal whishes.2. search suggestions is coming on 10.60 final3. separated processes for plugins / tabs feature is controversial, some people on this community likes it, some people don't. I don't.4. no important website use HTML5 yet. (the number decreases even more when you think of the websites that does uses the features Opera doesn't scores yet [between 160 and 209]) 4.1. HTML5 recommendation development wasn't finished yet, that's why it wasn't completely implemented by Opera.

  5. Originally posted by budnyatski:

    Yes, but it's glory of the previous days, now this is Chrome and Safari who moves browser market forward. And Opera still has no search suggestions, full user data & settings sync, built-in Reader/iReader, separate process for each plugin/tab that increase stability of browser, and what about HTML5, Opera get something about 159 points while Chrome has 209…

    Your comment is nothing but fail. You conveniently ignore everything Opera is doing, and resort to spewing misinformation instead. Pathetic.For example, the "HTML5 test" you are referring to doesn't even test HTML5. Talk about being a gullible moron who swallows the marketing bullshit from Google.Opera is still moving the market forward. You are just too bigoted and ignorant to understand.

  6. Originally posted by prd3:

    Opera is still moving the market forward. You are just too bigoted and ignorant to understand.

    Calm down prd3! 😛

  7. :hat: Happy 15th Birthday! I've been using Opera for about 10 years and I've really enjoyed watching it grow and develop. Here's to another 15 years of cutting-edge innovation :drunk:

  8. Happy birthday Opera Software! I still wonder how the company got it's name. Background music in the office? Poineering inspired by Wagner?Originally posted by rafaelluik:

    3. separated processes for plugins / tabs feature is controversial, some people on this community likes it, some people don't. I don't.

    Why not? It's more stable and it does not make Chrome any slower.

  9. Oh Happy belated BDay Opera!You should boast more Haavard…. sounds good to me!Cheers!

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