Opera 5

By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2000-12-18 Print this article Print

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Those looking for an alternative to Internet Explorer and Netscape but not wanting to pay for it can now choose to use the Opera browser, which is finally free. This Opera update provides the critical features that users need from a browser and does so without taking up more disk space than some operating systems.

SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Companies looking for a browser that fits with a wide variety of systems—especially handhelds and older, less powerful machines—should look at Opera as a strong browser choice for these systems.

LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Now that Opera is free, IT managers will probably start to see users deploying it on their own. Opera will need to provide central management tools for its browser that enable companies to control its use.

Excellent standards and platform support; improved mail client; free.

No support for IMAP or LDAP in mail client; weak newsreader client; only "free" with integrated advertising.

Opera Software A/S, Oslo, Norway; 47 24 16 40 00; www.opera.com

Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr RapozaÔÇÖs current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.

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