Opera Software today announced the first public beta of the new Opera version 7. It comes with a new email/news-client, support for the W3C DOM, as well as a brand new look and many other features. You can download it here (only for Windows at the moment).

They announced that they were working on this new version several months ago, so the wait has been long, but it looks like it’s been worth it. The final release, as well as versions for other OSs will probably be ready some time closer to christmas. In the meantime I’m really gonna enjoy testing it!

Another sign of the bad times in the Norwegian IT industry: The leadership of NITH (the Norwegian Information Technological College) have decided to close down the campus at Bekkestua outside Oslo, and move everything to the Oslo campus from the 1st of July 2003. They will still keep the Stavanger and Bergen campuses. This information is from an article (in Norwegian) on the student site Diplom.no.

The decision was based the low recruitment for IT studies in general this year, the low number of applicants for the Bekkestua campus, and the trend that most new students seem to prefer the more central Oslo campus. After studying at Bekkestua for three years, this is somewhat sad for me, and I’m sure for other previous students who have spent many years there…