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Opera celebrates 10th birthday

The company is temporarily offering the paid version of its browser for free, as part of its anniversary celebration.

Opera Software is temporarily offering the paid version of its browser for free, as part of its 10th anniversary celebration, the company announced Tuesday.

Complimentary registration codes for Opera 8 are being given away until midnight Tuesday. The license is good for the life of that particular browser, said Michelle Valdivia, a marketing communications manager for Opera.

Opera 8, which launched in April, normally sells for $39 per license.

"This is a surprise gift for anyone coming to the party," Valdivia said.

The company's anniversary party site includes games, the history of Opera's browser, downloadable music by Opera employees, and an area to chat with Opera Chief Executive Jon von Tetzchner.

"On this day, we celebrate our users," Tetzchner said in a statement.

The Oslo, Norway-based company began in 1995 as a research project at Norwegian telecom company Telenor. Opera develops and markets browsers for desktops, mobile phones and home entertainment devices.