Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Sep 2005 11:59 UTC, submitted by jasnils
Opera Software "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, here." This news got submitted a staggering 14 times, and as far as I know, that's a record.
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RE: money?
by abdavidson on Tue 20th Sep 2005 13:12 UTC in reply to "money?"
abdavidson
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2005-07-06

"So, um, how are Opera planning to make enough money as a company to survive now?"

Something like a third to a quarter of their income comes currently from the desktop licences.

There are two avenues they see as replacement for this (ignoring that they are ever increasing their mobile licence and engine licencing revenues and starting to build up their Slipstream service and I guess income):

1. Significantly more people get it, a percentage get the premium support. These probably will close to balance out.

2. Google searches through the browser bring in some income. More people using the browser, means more income.

Can't remember who, but saw one Opera employee say they actually expect to increase their revenue with this release.

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