Opera Software today permanently removed the ad banner and licensing fee from its award-winning Web browser. The ad-free, full-featured Opera browser is now available for download - completely free of charge – at http://www.opera.com.

“Today we invite the entire Internet community to use Opera and experience Web browsing as it should be,” said Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. “Removing the ad banner and licensing fee will encourage many new users to discover the speed, security and unmatched usability of the Opera browser.”

Opera was previously available free of charge with an ad banner. Users had the option of paying a licensing fee to remove the ad banner and receive premium support.

The Opera browser, available in 20 languages. The complete download is less than 4MB.

About Opera browser
Already regarded as the world’s fastest, most secure browser, Opera speeds up your Web browsing with these innovative features:

* Navigate quickly using intuitive mouse gestures and browser tabs
* Start from where your last browsing session ended or save your entire session
* Access downloaded files quickly with the transfer manager
* Protect against identity theft and phishing with integrated security features
* Speak up: surf the Web hands-free using voice commands
* Shop Amazon, browse Ebay, and search the Web with Google right from the address bar
* Set reminders for Web pages you visit with the notes feature