.0"> Opera 5.0
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.
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
SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Companies looking for a browser that fits with a wide variety of systemsespecially handhelds and older, less powerful machinesshould look at Opera as a strong browser choice for these systems.