Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 29th Jul 2006 20:47 UTC
Opera Software Opera Software is making plans to steal market share from Microsoft. Though a launch date for Opera 10 hasn't yet been set, Opera is hoping the updated application will lure users away from Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7 by building on Opera 9's use of small Web applications called widgets.
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Widgets <> bloat
by abdavidson on Sun 30th Jul 2006 02:43 UTC
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Don't use them, and... voila. No "bloat".

Seriously though, this vision is aimed more broadly than at the Windows Desktop or even the Desktop in general. In fact the desktop is basically a peripheral 'hit' here; they're looking at embedded and mobile platforms (Opera Platform SDK... check it out) and allowing device makers to cut down on dev time for application/utils on their platforms and use Opera with the widgets there, but embedded as part of Opera there.

In that space it makes a hell of a lot of sense.

That it flows on from there to become widgets on the desktop platforms is neither here nor there if you are not interested, and if you are it's a boon. (Currency Converter and True HTML Editor are great and I'm using them a lot now...)

So what if Vista has Gadgets (have you seen the bloody awful sidebar based implementation?) or OSX has dashboard? Since when did application or utility development become a "There Can Be Only One" paradigm?

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