Opera’s mobile browser was previously available on Symbian, Linux and other mobile platforms and is featured in smartphones by manufacturers such as Nokia and Sony-Ericsson. Its decision to make a version that’s Windows Mobile compatible came as a surprise. The two companies settled a suit this year over compatibility issues between Opera’s desktop browser and the MSN portal. Opera also has publicly stated that it would never make a Windows-compatible mobile browser.
But a spokesperson for the company admitted going back on that, when customers began asking for a compatible version.
In terms of desktop innovation, Opera has also been working on a voice-enabled version due out this year; with interactive, voice-enabled spoken browsing commands such as “Opera next link” or “Opera back.” There is also “Opera speak” available, which will enable Opera to read page content and e-mail messages aloud. Other features of the new browser include various commands such as fit-to-window-width and fit-to-paper-width for easier viewing and improved simple syndications feeds for the included e-mail client.