Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 27th Jul 2009 07:29 UTC
Opera Software Last week, the European Commission announced that Microsoft is willing to implement a browser ballot screen in Windows so that users can select a browser to install when installing Windows or when setting up their OEM computer. While this makes Opera very happy, Opera would like to see Ubuntu and Apple offer such a ballot screen too.
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RE: problem with opera
by Laurence on Mon 27th Jul 2009 12:48 UTC in reply to "problem with opera"
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Opera used to be big player when they were slim and fast browser but they lost lot of users when they desided to incorporate lots of useless bloat.

right now Opera is stuck in "Us too" style of development model, unable to produce anything that would take them above the competition.

I read comments like this a lot and they bug me for the following reasons:

1/ Opera continually performs excellently in various rendering benchmarks when compared to other leading browsers

2/ Opera continually pushes new ideas which other browsers latter copy (tabs, gestures, dial pad, etc) and promote as their own "competition leading features"

3/ You're whole bloat argument is paradoxical as you then go on to argue about a lack of new features. (after all, one mans bloat is another mans feature - and visa versa)

I think the reality of Opera's problems are the following:

1/ crappy UI (particularly it's lack of native widget support, but also how a lot of settings are tucked away in counter-intuitive locations and it's unpopular default toolbar settings)

2/ lack of publicity:
-> Chrome is a big name thanks to Google's already established web dominance,
-> IE is preinstalled in windows,
-> Safari is preinstalled on OS X plus has windows installs thanks to Apples PR/brand name
-> Firefox had to gain their market share the hard way, but they've now reached "critical mass" where by the computer-illiterate have heard of the application and thus recommend it to their like-minded technophobe friends (after all, the majorety of computer users aren't geeks like us)
-> Opera, however, neither has the backing of a big brand name, nor the critical mass of Firefox.

However, this doesn't mean i particularly agree with Opera's actions. While I sympathise with their situation, I don't think this is the "right" way to go about marketing themselves.

Edited 2009-07-27 12:53 UTC

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