Opera is releasing a preview of the next update to its mobile web browser, Opera Mini 4.2. The beta release offers improved support for YouTube, the ability to play nice with a wider selection of phones, note sharing between phones and PCs and a selection of new skins for greater customization. Best of all, it's still free. Download it from the Opera website . 20 million use Opera Mini worldwide New beta version and server park launched today Oslo, Norway = November 11, 2008 - Opera today released a preview of Opera Mini 4.2, the newest version of the world's most popular mobile Web browser that works on almost every mobile phone. With this beta release, Opera celebrates Opera Mini being the browser of choice for more than 20 million unique monthly users worldwide. As part of the celebration, Opera Mini users in the United States and Asia-Pacific region can now experience faster browsing speeds, due to the addition of an Opera Mini server park in the United States. Opera Mini is available to download for beta testing at http://www.operamini.com/beta/. "The number of people using Opera Mini worldwide proves that there is a true revolution going on: people want to access all their favorite Web sites on the mobile phone they have today," says Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera. "We constantly focus on developing a faster and more personal browsing experience. Opera Mini 4.2 beta is an update that takes mobile Web browsing to the next level." Opera Mini 4.2 beta provides a more personalized experience with its colorful selection of new skins, improved support for YouTube and other mobile video services on a wider selection of mobile phones. Improvements in Opera Link allow users to share notes between their mobile phones and PCs, in addition to their bookmarks and recently-visited URLs. "Opera Mini is a mobile application to be reckoned with," says John Jackson, Vice President, Yankee Group. ?We have witnessed a 10% average growth in the number of Opera Mini users worldwide every month, with every indication that the trend will continue. As the browser keeps improving in speed and functionality and end-user awareness expands, Opera Mini's popularity to users worldwide should continue to grow." "I love Opera Mini, because when it comes to functionality, there is nothing 'mini' about it," says Meri-Tuuli Fagerlund, a student from Finland. "I use Opera Mini daily to access the Web, and the best part is that I do not have to carry my laptop when I have Opera Mini in my pocket." To join the other Opera Mini fans and to show us how you use the Opera Mini browser, check out Choose Opera at http://chooseopera.com/. Opera Mini 4.2 beta is a free download from http://www.operamini.com/beta/. About the use of Opera Mini Since the worldwide launch of Opera Mini in January 2006, millions of people have experienced the mobile Internet for the first time. Due to its unique architecture, Opera Mini does not discriminate between platforms or networks; it runs on nearly any mobile phone in any geographic region. During the month of September 2008, Opera reported 19 million unique monthly users of Opera Mini, a 10.1% month-on-month increase from August 2008 and more than 341% compared to September 2007. Opera Mini users viewed more than 4.5 billion pages during September and each person using Opera Mini viewed approximately 238 pages on average. On November 11, 2008, Opera reported 20 million unique monthly users of Opera Mini. For more information, go to Opera's State of the Mobile Web report http://www.mobilewebreport.com/. About Opera Software ASA Opera Software ASA has redefined Web browsing for PCs, mobile phones and other networked devices. Opera's cross-platform Web browser technology is renowned for its performance, standards compliance and small size, while giving users a faster, safer and more dynamic online experience. Opera Software is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with offices around the world. The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPERA. Learn more about Opera at http://www.opera.com/.