Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Feb 2013 13:21 UTC
Opera Software De kogel is door de kerk: as we already talked about earlier, Opera is going to switch to the WebKit engine, leaving its own Presto rendering engine behind. We didn't yet know if they would the switch only on mobile or on the desktop as well, and they cleared that up too: both mobile and desktop Opera Browsers will switch to the WebKit rendering engine.
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RE[4]: Comment by ssokolow
by Tony Swash on Thu 14th Feb 2013 01:00 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by ssokolow"
Tony Swash
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Yeah well that what happened to the other companies with IE6 back in 2001 ... and that turned out soooo well didn't it?

We had no browser innovation for years. Everything was written for the one browser.

The same is happening with webkit but in the mobile space.
other too.


I think the difference is in intent, which in turn is a function of business model. Right from the start Microsoft saw the web as a threat to it's business which was to ensure that everything that supported it's OS/Productivity monopoly flourished and everything that even remotely threatened it or even opened an alternative space did not flourish. Microsoft thought that a neutral browser that ran equally well on any platform undermined it's platform strategy. It's answer was a closed proprietary browser engine and the crushing of netscape by leveraging the Windows OS monopoly. Once netscape was finished and IE ruled Microsoft lost interest in browser development because they didn't want the web to be a rich and developing experience, they wanted it to be a tepid backwater compared to Windows apps.

Now compare that to Webkit, which is open and non-proprietary. Both the most important companies driving webkit development, Google and Apple, want an open standards based feature rich web, although both want that for different reasons. They don't want that because they are kind of heart, they want that because an open standards based feature rich web enhances and synegises with both their (different) core business models.

I think it is unlikely that webkit will go the way of IE.

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