Once upon a time, Opera Mini was strictly a java application. But that was then. With the arrival of Opera Mini 5 Beta for Windows Mobile 5- and 6-based handsets, Opera Mini has stepped into the league of native browsers.
It features the very same specifications as the java version. The difference is that this app is in .CAB format, the native format for Windowsphone.
Here is the press release, delivered to us by brym!:
Oslo, Norway – March 4, 2010
Opera Software today launched a native version of Opera Mini 5 beta for Windows Mobile 5- and 6-based handsets.
By integrating Opera Mini with the Windows Mobile platform, Opera is able to deliver an optimized version of the popular Opera Mini browser that dramatically improves performance and the overall user experience. While Opera Mini traditionally requires Java, the new Windows Mobile version does not, which means that Opera Mini will work on any Windows Mobile phone.
The Opera Mini 5 beta for Windows Mobile includes the same rich feature set as the Java-based version. Renowned features, including tabbed browsing, the password manager, bookmarks and Speed Dial, are built-in to deliver convenience while on-the-go.
One of Opera Mini’s major benefits is that it compresses data traffic by up to 90 percent, resulting in significantly improved page-loading and speed. This results in a dramatically reduced data load, which can translate to lower browsing costs when on a pay-per-MB data plan or when on expensive roaming.
“Windows Mobile deserves a mobile browser that looks better, handles better and delivers better than the default browser,” said Dag Olav Norem, Vice President of Products, Opera Software. “Even though Opera has 50 million satisfied Opera Mini users, we always seek ways to improve our browser for each and every mobile phone user out there. Now, we are pleased to offer the world’s most popular mobile Web browser as a native Windows Mobile application.”
Everyone else may have their eyes on the upcoming Windowsphone 7 series, but Opera has changed the tide a bit and made old versions 5 and 6 more attractive. Even we are wishing that we have a Windowsphone lying around somewhere so that we can give this a spin. Oh, well….
If you still have a Windowsphone, here’s how to get this beauty running on your phone:
Download on PC: www.opera.com/mini/download/pc/
Download on your mobile phone: m.opera.com/next/