Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 23rd Mar 2010 16:26 UTC
Opera Software Think of Opera what you want, but those Norwegian guys and girls know how to get publicity. The company has announced it has submitted Opera Mini to the iPhone's App Store, and it has launched a website with a count-up timer, following how long it will take Apple to approve it - if at all, of course.
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Am I the only one who likes Opera?
by hibridmatthias on Tue 23rd Mar 2010 21:10 UTC
hibridmatthias
Member since:
2007-04-11

I actually like Opera as a browser. Does anyone else here or is this just an Apple slamming sesson? That would make Opera one step closer to truly cross platform, no? That can only be a good thing...

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bornagainenguin Member since:
2005-08-07

hibridmatthias asked...

I actually like Opera as a browser. Does anyone else here or is this just an Apple slamming sesson? That would make Opera one step closer to truly cross platform, no? That can only be a good thing...


Opera is an also ran at this point. They were good once, back in the 5.x to 7.x days, but a refusal to listen to their users and willful sabotage of features like adblocking spelled their end as soon as people had something else to go to. Opera may have invented many of the features now popular on Firefox and other browsers, but their top down approach alienated enough users that they have very little chance of recovering their former position today.

These days Opera is to browsers what Palm is to PDAs.

--bornagainpenguin

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plague Member since:
2006-05-08

Umm, ok, that's one opinion, here's mine..
I actually still think Opera is the best browser out there and the only other one that's even coming close is Chrome. Firefox and IE are both way to slow for my taste (yes I think Firefox feels slowish overall) and both of them have a tab behavior I really don't like. Plus a whole other set of reasons I won't go into right now, except maybe the fact that Opera continuously introduces new stuff that other browsers later borrow.
I think it's pretty awesome that they are the only ones with such a fast and effective browser for mobile systems. No other browser comes even close, and it's not like Apple, Microsoft and Google don't have the resources to do it. I bet Chrome will be there soon enough with similar speed and functionality, but Opera Mini has existed for years already.

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PresentIt Member since:
2010-02-10

Opera is an also ran at this point. They were good once, back in the 5.x to 7.x days, but a refusal to listen to their users and willful sabotage of features like adblocking spelled their end as soon as people had something else to go to.

Say what?

Opera has more desktop users than ever. About 50 million. It also has about 50 million Opera Mini users.

So Opera actually has at least 100 million users!

How did Opera sabotage adblocking?

And how did anything spell "their end", considering that Opera's desktop user base has been more than doubling every two years?

Opera may have invented many of the features now popular on Firefox and other browsers, but their top down approach alienated enough users that they have very little chance of recovering their former position today.

What former position? Opera never held a dominant position. In fact, Opera is stronger today than it has ever been.

These days Opera is to browsers what Palm is to PDAs.

Opera is the dominant mobile browser, and has 50 million desktop users. It also keeps inventing features that other browsers rip off.

And Opera 10.5 is the fastest browser out there.

Looks like you need to go back to history class, because you just flunked.

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Chaos_One Member since:
2005-07-18

Opera runs on my Wii apparently, but I gave up on the desktop version since I ran Windows 3.1 (which I also gave up on some time ago).

It would be nice though if Opera came to the iPhone, although I probably wouldn't use it as Safari fits my needs.

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