Author - Wojciech GajewskiDo you remember the year 2006? Opera Mini just began its way to become the world’s most popular mobile browser, and Opera 9 was the latest version of the desktop browser. Daniel Craig played new James Bond, people loved My Space, and nobody had heard of iPhones. In the same year in Poland Opera opened its office complex with 23 employees.

– The last five years were probably the biggest step forward in the history of web technologies. The participation in this progress was, from the perspective of an office in Poland, exceptionally exciting – said Krystian Kolondra, director of Opera in Poland. – Beginning from Opera Mini, Opera Mobile and desktop browser to Opera TV Store, Opera have  participated in Poland in all major projects of the company.

During those five years Opera in Poland have grown ten times – to almost 200 employees. Owing to talented IT specialists working in Wroclaw and Warsaw office, Opera in Poland became the largest foreign branch office, a key element in its global structure.

5th anniversary Opera Software in Wroclaw – photos

Opera in Poland

2006
– First office in Wroclaw with 23 employees
2007
– Work on optimizing the browser for the largest mobile operators and handset manufacturers in the world
2008
– Start of work on the interface platform that revolutionized Opera Mini and Opera Mobile, providing them with the same interface across multiple platforms and devices
– Creation of a team dealing with a desktop browser
2009
– Exceeding the number of 100 employees
– New office in Warsaw, with successive 30 employees
2010
– Opera in Warsaw opens new data center, which compresses Web pages to millions of users of Opera Mini in the world
– Opera Mini for iPhone  developed in Poland is becoming one of the most downloaded application in the history of AppStore
– Premiere of Opera 11 of platform extension created  in Wroclaw office
2011
– Development of products on TV is located in Poland and managed by Krystian Kolondra, Opera’s new SVP in charge of this branch of the products. Opera for the first time presents Opera TV Store.

Wroclaw can be proud that precisely here innovative products which are popular throughout the world arise.

For its part, I wanted to thank Slawek Sochaj and Mirek Polyniak that allowed me to participate in this event and together with Opera Software to celebrate its 5th anniversary and meet bloggers/people who are keen on new technologies, social media etc.: Pozytywna Kuchnia, Cakes and the City, Strawberries from PolandBrunette’s Heart, Zuch rysuje, Spider’s Web, Kominek and MC Silk. I wish Opera a lot of next anniversaries!

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