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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I smell Web 2.0 marketing
by Havin_it on Sun 30th Jul 2006 01:28 UTC
Havin_it
Member since:
2006-03-10

I can't help but worry when an outfit tries to punt its browser on the basis of 'widgets'. Remember the IE toolbar boom? That really benefited mankind and improved the browser's cache [cach-AY in the absence of French accents on my keyboard], didn'it?

Now I think widgets are a cute idea. I admit to having a couple on my desktop (courtesy of SuperKaramba) to which I've grown quite attached. But I had to wade through a swamp of half-baked crap to find those gems, and I imagine the 'community' for most other widget-platforms is much the same: overpopulated with hobbyists spewing out unfinished code and utterly banal bagatelles.

Why in the world a browser would want to be saddled with this kind of baggage, far less make it their main marketing plank, is beyond me. Somewhere, a Web 2.0 PR goon is cackling.

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RE: I smell Web 2.0 marketing
by FlipmodePlaya on Sun 30th Jul 2006 02:28 in reply to "I smell Web 2.0 marketing"
FlipmodePlaya Member since:
2005-11-24

I'm a longtime Opera user who agrees with you that widgets have too many implementations and aren't horribly useful in the first place.

However, I don't mind them being in Opera. They haven't made the slightest noticeable increase in Opera's package size or RAM usage, and if you don't use them they certainly won't get in your way.

Besides, Opera's widgets are targeted more for mobile platforms than desktops: http://operawatch.com/news/2006/07/opera-ceo-jon-von-tetzcher-discu...

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