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Opera (version 5.0-b1)
Opera is most often praised for being a compactly-designed piece of software, which has made it a popular choice as an embedded browser on handheld devices. In addition, its install file is a much smaller download than either Netscape or Internet Explorer (IE)-around 2 MB, vs. 15 to 24 MB for Netscape or IE. From a dial-up connection of 44 kb/s, the Wave Report was able to download and install the latest version of Opera on a Pentium II with Windows 98 in under 15 minutes. Opera has lower system requirements than the latest versions of Netscape or IE, which makes it a good browser for older machines.