The Opera browser was conceptualized by two Norwegian Telecom Research employees in 1994, and development was completed by 1997, when the first Opera browser was released. Although slow to become popular, Opera was early on recognized for its usability. By October of 2001, Opera 5 had reached 5 million downloads, and is today a popular computer and mobile browser.
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Source: “Opera: History,” http://www.opera.com/company/history/ (accessed September 21, 2011).
Image Source: “Opera: History,” http://www.opera.com/company/history/ (accessed September 21, 2011).