Opera, Wind River to Deliver Full Internet Capabilities to Devices

Opera Software today announced a new partnership with Wind River, the global leader in device software optimization (DSO). As a part of Wind River’s partnership network of best-in-breed solutions, the fast and full-featured Opera Web browser will be offered as a validated software component for devices using Wind River’s Linux-based products.

By partnering with Opera, Wind River acknowledges the potential of the Opera browser to provide full Internet capabilities on a device, and as a tool for developing dynamic user interfaces and advanced Web applications. The Opera browser for devices is complementary to Wind River’s promise to deliver flexible, standards-based solutions. In strict compliance with W3C standards, applications developed using Opera are easily ported to a device.

“For a device manufacturer, adding a browser to the software mix will not only enable full Internet capabilities but also contribute to a quicker time to market,” says Scott Hedrick, Executive Vice President, Opera Software. “Using Web technologies to develop applications and UIs for devices means that we’ve taken away the learning curve. Wind River is a visionary in the device software market, and they have rightly predicted that the Web browser will become a powerful tool that extends beyond surfing the Web.”

As its first partnership activity, Opera Software will be present at the Wind River World Wide User Conference in Orlando, Florida, on May 15-18, 2006. Charles McCathieNevile, the Chief Standards Officer at Opera Software, will host a session during the conference entitled “Web standards for devices”. Opera will exhibit as well at the conference and demo its Web browser on several different devices.

“Opera has long set itself apart in the browser industry for delivering a superior Internet experience to devices,” said Steve LaPedis, vice president of field and alliance marketing, Wind River. “We offer our customers the best solutions that are on the market today, so a partnership with Opera was a natural step.”

About Opera for Devices
Opera provides and optimized implementation of Internet technologies for digital TV and other consumer electronics devices, with innovative and powerful features that seamlessly adapt the Internet experience to suit varying screen sizes and input devices. In addition to being a full Internet browser, Opera is an execution environment for Web applications and dynamic user interfaces based on interoperable open Web technologies such as AJAX.

About Opera Software ASA
Opera Software ASA is an industry leader in the development of Web browser technology, targeting the desktop, mobile, digital TV, consumer electronics and other devices. Partners include companies such as IBM, Nokia, Motorola, Adobe, Symbian, Sony Ericsson, Kyocera, Sharp, Freescale, MontaVista Software, Sigma and AMD. The Opera browser has received international recognition from users, industry experts and media for being faster, smaller and more standards-compliant than other browsers. Opera’s browser technology is cross-platform and modular, and currently available on the following operating systems: Linux, Windows, Windows Mobile, Mac OS, Symbian OS, BREW, QNX, TRON, FreeBSD, Solaris and Mediahighway. The Opera browser is also available as a Java-based (J2ME) browser solution called Opera Mini for the world’s 700 million Java-enabled mobile phones.