Linked by Kroc Camen on Fri 18th Sep 2009 18:51 UTC
Opera Software You all know that I don't particularly like Opera. I find the product to be lacking polish, over-complicated and without the marketing pizazz that has made Firefox a household name. That's just my personal opinion, and that opinion has garnered many complaints of unjustness. To that end, to present a fairer discussion I would like to put a simple question to the community: "What should Opera do?".
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Opera is a good product, but not "great". The point is that Opera isn't something that will change the way we work on the web.

It already has. Popup blocking, the search field, MDI, etc. All Opera inventions. Opera has basically defined the modern browsing.

When Firefox came out, it was the new product that brought much needed innovation to the masses of users (something Opera possibly could have done at the time if it had been completely free).

What innovation?

However, if they want to gain market share, then they probably need to work on: compatibility with unofficial standards

They have been working on this forever. That Opera somehow refuses to render non-standrad code is a MYTH. Opera was built from the ground up for commpatibility.

The problem today isn't Opera. It's browser sniffing. Mask as Firefox, and all those sites will "magically" start working.

re-brand their browser as something that makes people want to move to their product

That's utterly pointless. Opera is already a big brand, especially on mobile phones. They have 40-50 million desktop users and growing (65% last year).

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