The popular Opera web browser is being made available free of charge to all computer users.
A free version has been available for some time, but this carried banner advertising to cover the costs of generating the code. Users were able to pay for the full version without the banner advertising and get enhanced service and support.
"Today we invite the entire internet community to use Opera and experience web browsing as it should be," said Jon von Tetzchner, chief executive at 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."
The company is hoping that by making the browser free the increase in take-up will cover the lost subscription revenue. Opera users can still pay for enhanced email support for the browser.
The latest build, version 8.5, is available for download here.
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