Opera Now Ad-Free!

It was expected for some time, but now it happened. Opera 8.50 (external link) is available for free. If you were always put back by the advertisements, you lost that excuse.

The menu structure should be nearly similar with the exception of registration related issues, so it wouldn't take much time to adjust custom menu setups.

"Today we invite the entire Internet community to use Opera and experience Web browsing as it should be," said Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO, 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."

Also see the official press release (external link) and the changelog (external link).