Get Opera from the Mac App Store, But Only If You're Over 17
Article by George Norman
On 04 Mar 2011
Yesterday, the 3rd of March 2011, Norwegian developer Opera Software announced that its Opera web browser made it to Apple’s Mac App Store, that the Opera web browser is one of the more than 1,000 free and paid apps the Mac App Store hosts – Opera is offered free of charge of course.

“What’s the big deal?” you may be thinking. The fact that Opera is now on the Mac App Store is a big deal and here’s why: Opera is the first non-native browser made available in Apple’s Mac App Store. The first non-native browser was neither Mozilla’s Firefox nor Google’s Chrome; it was Opera Software’s own. Hurray to Opera Software for beating the competition and being the first to feature their non-native browser in the Mac App Store.


What was that “but only if you’re over 17” part in the title up there? Cupertino-based software developer Apple won’t let anyone under 17 download the app. As you can see here (the link takes you to the Mac App Store preview of Opera), it clearly states that “you must be at least 17 years old to download this app.”

This fact lead Opera Softwares’ VP of Desktop Products, Jan Standal, to jokingly express his concern.
“I’m very concerned,” says Standal. “Seventeen is very young, and I am not sure if, at that age, people are ready to use such an application. It’s very fast, you know, and it has a lot of features. I think the download requirement should be at least 18.”

Users who are under 17 and would like to get the Opera browser for their Mac, can get the browser straight from Opera Software’s official site at In a press release Opera Software said that “We do not ask for your age or your credit card number. Please, get your parents’ permission before using this browser.”

Tags: Opera Software, Opera, Web browser, Apple, Mac App Store
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