Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th May 2013 12:59 UTC
Opera Software "Countless hours of hard work, hectoliters of coffee, tons of improvements, two version numbers skipped, and here it is: the all-new Opera for desktop is now out as an Opera Next version, Opera's channel for what used to be called beta. Made from scratch, this version is available for Windows and Mac and brings a new, elegant design and a bunch of new features that will make your browsing experience sleeker and easier than ever." The first version using something called 'Chromium's engine' - I guess they can't call it WebKit anymore, but they can't call it Blink yet either. It's looking great, but the bookmark functionality seems to not have been implemented yet in this preview
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Dave_K
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I sure hope it won't. It was far too complex, causing all kinds of weird regressions. Fixing something in one spot would break something somewhere else because the UI was insanely complex and flexible, and everything tied tightly together.


Even if that's true (which, if it is, doesn't say much about the abilities of Opera devs, considering how much more complicated many other applications' UIs are), it's irrelevant to anything I've said.

I'm just speaking about myself, my preferences, and how I feel about Opera's changes. Try to read and comprehend that.

I haven't been saying what Opera should do. I haven't been commenting that they're making a mistake from a business perspective. I'm just pointing out that Opera is becoming less feature rich and customisable (something that you now seem to be agreeing with me about), and commenting that I'm going to miss the browser that Opera used to be.

They shouldn't. Opera should focus on adding quality features. Quality over quantity.


My idea of a "quality" feature will probably be different from yours, or that of the current Opera developers.

Quantity (and customisability) has a quality all of its own, allowing for choice and individual preference in a way that a small selection of "quality" features does not. If I wanted to use a stripped down browser with a limited selection of features then I'd already be using one.

Personally, I use Opera because I can customise it to meet my preferences, heavily tweaking the layout of the browser so that it's extremely minimalist and just has the features I use. When researching a subject, or even just shopping online and reading reviews, I find certain unique Opera features like MDI/tiling to be extremely useful. If I can't do these things in Opera then I'll switch to something like Firefox, and take the extra selection of useful extensions as a consolation.

No, I'm not saying that Opera devs should care about my preferences, or whether one long term user abandons the browser. I'm just speaking from my perspective as someone who loves Opera's current features and will be sad to have to use something that's inferior for my needs.

Like I said in the post title, from my perspective it's unsurprising, but still depressing.

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