20 years of Opera Software
Today, we are proud to celebrate the 20th anniversary of our parent company, Opera Software.
Back in 1995, Opera Software was a division of a Norwegian communications company called Telenor. It was founded by two guys named Jon and Geir with a vision to bring the best internet experience to any device, regardless of location or network conditions. The first version of Opera was actually named MultiTorg Opera, and was run on a floppy disk (remember those?). Originally, the Opera browser required payment after an initial free trial.
20 years later, Opera has become a worldwide brand associated with bringing innovation and creativity to the web space. Synonymous with “the internet” in many regions, Opera Software now boasts 350 million users worldwide, across a diverse group of products.
Expansion across platforms
Since its inception, Opera Software has rapidly expanded its product offerings. With the ever-changing nature of the internet, Opera has adapted from its origin as a desktop browser. One of Opera’s most successful products is Opera Mini. Launched in 2005, Opera Mini gave internet access to even those with the most basic phones. In one year, Opera Mini was able to reach 1 million users and has not looked back since. Today, Opera Mini helps 269 million people surf the web.
Corporation… with a personality
As a Norwegian brand in a world of massive internet giants, Opera Software has always been a brand that likes to have fun with its users. One of Opera’s distinctive features was the Opera community forums. It gave Opera fans the opportunity to talk directly with Opera employees as well as fellow Opera lovers.
Opera showcased this friendly personality, as it also served as a mailing board for fans who had mis-addressed their mail to the popular TV show host, Oprah Winfrey. Over 150 pieces of mail had mistakenly found their way to Opera employees, who thought they were reaching out to Oprah. As expected, Opera employees had some fun with this, reaching back to these fans who were surely ecstatic as they looked at their inbox with an email from who they thought to be, Oprah Winfrey.
Opera Mediaworks is born
In 2010, Opera Software announced its first mobile ad acquisition:, AdMarvel, Inc. and the mobile advertising division of Opera was born. Since then, Opera Mediaworks has grown organically while also acquiring a number of companies, including Mobilike and AdColony, all of which have contributed to Opera Mediaworks’ growing success. In Q2 2015 Opera Mediaworks hit revenues of $92.9 million USD, showing 83% year-over-year growth . As the world of mobile advertising expands rapidly, Opera Mediaworks has positioned itself as a major player in this sector.
Opera Mediaworks is extremely proud of the legacy of innovation Opera Software has provided to millions of mobile web users, and hope that we can carry the same impact on the mobile advertising industry when we reach our 20 years.
To see the blog post from Opera Software on the 20-year anniversary, click here.