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The Opera web browser may not have the name recognition of more popular software like Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Safari. But you know what it does have? History. The first line of code for the Opera web browser was written 15 years ago today.

Back in 1994, Mozilla was working on something called Netscape, not Firefox. And Microsoft didn't release Internet Explorer 1 until 1995.

Over the last 15 years, Opera has continually added features that were later adopted by other browsers, including tabs, mouse gestures, speed dial bookmarks, and full page zoom.

To celebrate the anniversary, Opera has put together a portal with a comic strip, 15 reasons to try Opera, and a list of innovations that showed up first in the Opera browser.

You might also want to check out Opera.com today for a quick refresher on what the web looked like 15 years ago.
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