Opera Passes 2 Million Download Mark

Opera Software says that its new version 8 has been downloaded 2 million times in the two weeks since its release.
It's a long way from the 50 million copies of Firefox that have been downloaded, but rival Opera Software claimed Monday that its new version 8 had been grabbed 2 million times in the two weeks since its release.

The total includes all editions in all languages, said Opera in a statement. No surprise, but the English version garnered the most downloads -- 1.3 million -- with the German edition in second place at 400,000.

Mozilla, meanwhile, recently tooted the download horn as it broke the 50 million mark for its open-source Firefox, which went final in November 2004.

Download tallies have come to be used by vendors issuing rivals to Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser as a marker of popularity, although download numbers often don't equate to users.

In the most recent statistics from Amsterdam-based Web metrics firm OneStat, however, Firefox accounted for 8.7 percent of all browsers used, while Opera trailed badly at just 1 percent. Internet Explorer, meanwhile, remained the overwhelming champ, with 86.6 percent.

Another recent study pegged Firefox use by business professionals at the 10 percent mark.

Opera 8 runs on Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris. (The Macintosh version is still in beta test.) The ad-supported browser can be downloaded from the Opera site.

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