Opera Software Shows Arabic-speaking Users some Love
Article by George Norman
On 12 Jan 2011
For the second time today Opera Software makes the headlines. Earlier today we reported on the Kick Ass extension for Opera 11, an extension that can put a smile on your face; I know I had a big grin on my face when I tried it out.

Now we have to report that Opera Software decided to show Arabic-speaking users some love by releasing Opera.com and poral.opera.com in Arabic. The Norwegian software developer explained that there are numerous Arabic-speaking Opera users out there and that is why the Opera Mini browser is already available in Arabic and why Opera.com and portal.opera.com were translated to Arabic.

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Arabic-speaking users will appreciate the fact that they can get product and support information from Opera.com, and news, sports and entertainment content from portal.opera.com in their native language. Translating Opera.com to Arabic was a joint effort; Opera employees and members of the fast-expanding Arabic-speaking Opera community had to work together to achieve this goal.

“More than 280 million people speak Arabic as their first language, so we are pleased to offer Opera.com in their language,” says Rolf Assev, Chief Strategy Officer, Opera. “What most impresses me is the close collaboration between our passionate fans and our employees to make this happen. Opera has always been about giving back to our community. Today, they have given back to us as well.”

If you missed the news about the Kicks Ass extensions, here’s the lowdown. This is an extension that turns any webpage into an Asteroid-style shooting game. After you install the extension and refresh the webpage your on (the extension button will remain disabled if you don’t refresh), a space ship will appear. You can control said space ship (arrow keys to move it, space to shoot, B to display the enemies) and blast everything in sight. The extension is based on the Kick Ass bookmarklet created by Erik Rothoff Andersson.



Tags: Opera Software, Opera.com, portal.opera.com, Arabic
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