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Press Announcement - September 30, 2002

Offering the Latest in Browser Security on Campus: Opera to Include CREN Root Digital Certificates with Opera 7

Oslo, Norway - September 30, 2002 - Opera is pleased to announce its partnership with the Corporation for Research and Educational Networking (CREN), who will provide Opera with its root digital certificates for its upcoming Opera 7 release. CREN provides a specialized set of digital certificate services for the higher education community. Partnering with Opera to provide a browser with the CREN root certificates preinstalled will make the management and installation of its certificates easier and more effective compared to other browsers. In addition, universities will have access to CREN certificates with a multi-platform browser.

"Working with CREN gives us access to the most secure certificates available on the Web for university users," says Mary Lambert, manager of Opera's desktop products. "We strive to be the most secure browser for universities and colleges and CREN will only help us to be able to achieve that more confidently for our users."

Coupled with the Opera Higher Education Program, this partnership provides a strong incentive for universities and colleges to register for licenses with Opera. Digital certificates are important because they easily support more secure authentication and authorization and more efficient web services for campus-wide applications and services, communications within the campus, communications between campuses and service providers, and communications between campus community members and agencies and providers.

When CREN signs an institution's public key and institutions issue certificates with that signature, relying parties can be assured that certificates with an institution's name in the issuer field are from that institution's digital certificate authority. "The CREN roots in the new Opera browser provide the higher education community with a digital certificate-friendly and efficient browser, eliminating a barrier in the use of digital certificates" says Ira Fuchs, president of CREN.

Opera 7 provides the fastest, most secure, and most enjoyable Internet browsing experience available from Opera. The time is right for schools to register licenses through the Opera Higher Education Program as the launch date nears. Through the Opera Higher Education Program, schools can register Opera licenses in bulk for as little as $1 USD per license on multiple platforms.

CREN's mission is to support higher education's need for strategic information technology knowledge services and communications tools that fit the culture and community standards efficiently and cost-effectively. This parallels the goals of Opera in maintaining standards and ensuring security while allowing Internet users to access their choice for their browsing needs.

About Opera Software

Opera Software ASA is an industry leader in the development of Web browsers for the desktop and embedded markets, partnering with companies such as IBM, AMD, Symbian, Canal+ Technologies, Ericsson, Sharp and Lineo (now a division of Embedix). The Opera browser has received international recognition from end users and the industry press for being faster, smaller and more standards-compliant than other browsers. Opera is available on Windows, Mac, Linux/Solaris, OS/2, Symbian OS and QNX. Opera Software ASA is a privately held company headquartered in Oslo, Norway. Learn more about Opera at

About CREN

CREN is a non-profit, member organization of over 220 universities, colleges, and research organization governed by a 12-member Board of Trustees. CREN offers digital certificate services supporting secure access to online resources, interinstitutional resource sharing, and secure email exchanges. CREN also produces a series of TechTalk webcasts that feature higher education guest experts in an informal format, discussing strategic and practical emerging technology trends. CREN maintains business alliances that benefit its members. These business alliances include: Blackboard Inc., Microsoft, Adobe Systems, Compaq, SAINT Corporation, Palm, Chrysalis, Lokomo Systems, Dell, Apple, Campus Pipeline, Internet Security Systems, Cisco, Meeting Maker, IBM, and Myricom. CREN is headquartered in Washington, DC. Learn more about CREN at


Opera Software ASA
Vivian Tse
Desktop MarCom Manager
Tel: +47 24 16 44 03

Nuno Sitima
Business Developer - Desktop Group
Opera Software ASA
Tel: (+47) 24 16 4418
Mobile: (+47) 922 33 710
Fax: (+47) 24164001 The Best Internet Experience
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CREN (Corporation for Research and Educational Networking)
Judith V. Boettcher
Executive Director
Tel: 202 293 6867

Ira H. Fuchs