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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by nzMM on Sun 30th Jul 2006 05:31 UTC
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If it hasnt been mentioned yet ...

The reason widgets exist in Opera is because Opera is aim to become more than just a browser in the mobile market, its designing a course to become a 'platform'.

So Opera will infact provide the UI/front-end of future mobile devices, and the applications will be created as widgets, and via javascript be able to interface with the phone or device.

Theres an informative interview somewhere on the net.

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