Opera 10.10 Smashes Download Records

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2009-12-07 Print this article Print

Opera Software announces that within one week of its release, more than 12 million people downloaded Opera 10.10 with Opera Unite.

Opera Software has announced that within one week of its release, more than 12 million people downloaded Opera 10.10 with Opera Unite.

Opera officials said 12.5 million people discovered the power of Opera 10.10 with Opera Unite during the first week after its release. This download rate shatters previous Opera records and marks an increase of 25 percent when compared with the download rates of Opera 10, launched two months earlier, the company said

Opera's support for open Web standards and commitment to speed, performance and security are the cornerstones of the Opera 10.10 release. Opera 10.10 offers several innovative features, including Opera Unite-a personal Web server that provides an easier way to share content, such as photos and files. With Opera Unite, users are finding new ways to listen to music, share their photos and files, and more, the company said.

"With such remarkable download numbers, I am confident that we truly appealed to the needs of the Web-using public. Opera 10.10 is visually more compelling, and technologically speaking, it goes where no browser has gone before," said Jon von Tetzchner, CEO of Opera, in a statement. "We believe that, over time, Opera Unite has the power to erase preconceptions of how we access and share information on the Web."

Opera has about 45 million active desktop users, with millions more using Opera on various types of devices, including mobile phones, game consoles, TVs and portable media players, the company said. The browser is developed with the company's One Web mission in mind, to create a universal Web experience on any device, anytime, anywhere, Opera officials said. 

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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