Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 13th Dec 2007 18:31 UTC, submitted by abdavidson
Legal "Opera Software filed a complaint with the European Commission yesterday which is aimed at giving consumers a genuine choice of Web browsers. The complaint describes how Microsoft is abusing its dominant position by tying its browser, Internet Explorer, to the Windows operating system and by hindering interoperability by not following accepted Web standards. Opera has requested the Commission to take the necessary actions to compel Microsoft to give consumers a real choice and to support open Web standards in Internet Explorer."
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RE[2]: Where Opera fail for me..
by Wondercool on Fri 14th Dec 2007 09:55 UTC in reply to "RE: Where Opera fail for me.."
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Unfortunately, I have agree with J.R.
I have used Opera since 1998 but abandoned it in 2005 in favour of Firefox.

It's still a slick, fast browser but its feature set is not what really what I want. Opera keeps on improving their browser but I have to agree with not listening to their users.

Opera's forum has a feature request section.
For years and years, the number one request was an Adblocker, as easy to use as FF. First they couldn't implement it, as they used ads themselves, then it was too late, FF had overtaken them. But it's still not as easy as FF. IMO, very few of the requests on the forum are implemented, and FF made customisation so easy with the extensions.

When I look at my FF extensions, 4 are there to mimic Opera's user interface/features but 5 of them add totally unique functionality. Isn't it clear what Opera should do? Build an extension framework that makes it possible for others to build extensions. Instead we end up with "features" like Speeddial or a complete Mail program, which might not please all.

This complaint to Microsoft to me feels a bit like sour grapes. Opera made a lot of bad decisions in the last 5 years (like making the browser ad-based and then free too late, adding features that are ok but not essential) and were blown away by FF and IE.
Opera is now relegated to a market where it still shines: cross platform, low memory print and speed.

Filing a complaint LONG after the band has marched on feels exactly like how Opera's feature set has developed the last 5 years: too little too late

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