Founded in 1995, by Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner and Geir Ivarsøy, Opera Software is a Norwegiansoftware company that aims at delivering high-end Internet experience to over 350 million users across the globe. They have developed and sold a number of web browsers that enable users to access the web through a multiple variety of devices, including desktops and laptops, smartphones, tablets, phablets etc.
Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner and Geir Ivarsøy founded this software company as an independent enterprise in 1995. In 1997, they released their first Opera 2.1 web browser, and started a project in 1998 which aimed at enabling Opera browser access to multiple platforms. In 2000, they released Opera 4.0 version, which included a new multi-platform capability. Until the 4th version, Opera browser was just a trial offer, and the consumers had to purchase it after the end of the trial period. But version 5 released later in 2000 ended this trial period, and it became free to use with the help of advertisements and sponsorships.