Friday, June 13, 2008

Opera 9.5 with new feature, portable bookmarks

A new Web browser from Norway's Opera Software ASA addresses Internet users' growing tendency to use multiple computers and devices.

Opera 9.5, released Thursday for Windows, Mac and Linux computers, includes the new Opera Link feature, which lets you bring your bookmarks wherever you go. It works with Opera's desktop browser as well as Opera Mini, the browser for mobile phones.

The new browser also adds a note-taking ability. By logging in, you can jot down shopping lists or copy directions for access on another computer or handset.

The Opera browser was once a strong alternative to Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer and Time Warner Inc.'s Netscape. But its relative usage has diminished with the rise of Netscape's successor, Mozilla's Firefox, despite Opera's knack for innovation and the company's decision in 2005 to drop a $39 fee for an ad-free version.

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