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Opera targets Microsoft migrators

Opera Software has made its popular browser easier to navigate in a bid to persuade more Microsoft users to abandon Internet Explorer.

Opera Software has added features to make its popular browser more similar to Internet Explorer (IE) in a bid to persuade more Microsoft users to abandon IE. The company's new series of one-click software set-ups will, it claims make the transition to Opera smoother for IE users who are considering changing programs.

These udpates change Opera's toolbars, menus, keyboard shortcuts, and mouse gestures, one of which emulates IE’s look and feel, giving IE migrators what Opera reckons is "an easier start on a more advanced Web browsing application."

"Opera is not only the fastest browser on earth, but the most customisable browser on earth," said Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. "We are doing everything we can to encourage people to move on to more advanced technologies with a simple start in Opera, offering them the sort of settings that they are accustomed to before they dive in to everything Opera offers. There should be no learning curve for Web surfers wanting a better Internet experience."

Users who have already downloaded Opera's full browser can now visit the ‘customize’ section of Opera's web site (www.opera.com) to add the new set-ups. These updates can apply browser settings characteristic of IE, Firefox and Safari, as well as an advanced developer's edition.

Opera claims to have driven browser innovation over the last few years and its program is arguably the most popular alternative to IE available on the PC platform. In May this year the firm released the latest version of its browser , Opera 7.50. for Windows, Mac, Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris platforms. This added new features such as a fully indexed and searchable e-mailer, newsreader, IRC-compatible chat client, contact database and support for RSS news feeds.

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