Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 15th Aug 2009 00:04 UTC
Opera Software "Opera 10 beta 3 was released Wednesday for Windows, Mac, and Linux users. With a strong European following, the preview version has been able to keep this popular alternative browser competitive by offering page rendering quality comparable to Google Chrome, while offering a robust list of features."
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Opera on daily use
by leo_ on Sun 16th Aug 2009 15:55 UTC
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>Anyway. I *like* opera, I have a soft spot for all underdog applications, especially ones that were ahead of their time at some point, but... can't be my daily browser.
Same here... I wish Opera was more laxist and displayed most sites correctly. Currently, it simply doesn't. And it explains why it doesn't even reach 1% of the browser market.

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RE: Opera on daily use
by Anon9 on Mon 17th Aug 2009 14:18 in reply to "Opera on daily use"
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2008-06-30

I have found opera to be more that sufficient for daily use. I have used as my main browser it for years. Also, its market share is definitely more than 1%. According to http://gs.statcounter.com/#browser-ww-monthly-200807-200908-bar, it has 2.91% and is the third most popular browser. According to http://marketshare.hitslink.com/browser-market-share.aspx?qprid=0, it has 1.97% and is the fifth most popular browser. However, these statistics might be including Opera mobile browser versions in with the desktop browser. I think Opera's mobile browser is the market leader for mobile browsers so it might improve the statistics if it is included.

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RE: Opera on daily use
by Laurence on Mon 17th Aug 2009 20:35 in reply to "Opera on daily use"
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2007-03-26


Same here... I wish Opera was more laxist and displayed most sites correctly. Currently, it simply doesn't.


But it does display most sites corrently.
It's been one of the most standards complient browsers for a long time.

In fact, Opera 10 even scores 100% on the Acid3 test.

So I'm a little confused how you came to your conclusion (I don't mean to sound rude, but are you comparing Opera to IE and surfing sites predominantly hacked to run in IE?)

And it explains why it doesn't even reach 1% of the browser market.

That really depends on which figures you read as each website's webstat will have a different bias depending on it's clientele.
While some sites listed here ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_web_browsers#Historical... ) rank Opera between 0.5% to 3%, there are Easten European and Russian sites that see Opera as high as 30% ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opera_(web_browser)#Market_adoption )

Plus you have to take into account the technology competence of the sites user base (eg, a site like OSNews is going to have more webstats in favour of alternative browsers compared to a site like microsoft's bing.com)

So in short, browser market shares is nothing more than a best guess, and best not taken too seriously.

[edit - tidied up my point a little]

Edited 2009-08-17 20:50 UTC

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