Norway-based browser technology company Opera Software today announced its plans to start a development office in India. The proposed office, to be located in Chandigarh, will at the start employ quality assurance testers supporting Opera’s full range of product offerings and Opera’s ‘Open the Web’ evangelists.
Opera’s Open the Web evangelists are web technology experts who help webmasters and developers create sites that are compliant with open standards. They also help promote implementation and use of emerging web standards, fueling the rise of Web 2.0. The India office will play a crucial and strategic role in expanding Open the Web throughout Asia.
Instead of outsourcing, Opera decided that opening the local office would be the most efficient way to improve its products while attracting the most skilled employee base. “India presents Opera with unique opportunities to explore new business opportunities and tap into a tremendous reservoir of skilled individuals,” says Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. “The country’s tremendous growth in both Internet users and mobile subscribers sets a strong foundation for our business objectives. At the same time, investing in the technical talent India produces will help accelerate innovation in the desktop, mobile and device markets.” Opera India joins Opera’s other Asian offices in China and Japan. Jon S. von Tetzchner will be visiting India this week.
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