Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 1st Feb 2011 23:11 UTC
Internet & Networking "Chrome's usage share for January has made it into double digits: the browser was used by 10.7 percent of Web users last month, up from 9.98 percent in December. It was a good month too for Safari, up to 6.30 percent from 5.89 percent the month before. The WebKit-powered browsers were the big winners: Microsoft's Internet Explorer was the big loser. Internet Explorer reached a new all-time low of 56 percent, down 1.08 percentage points from last month. Though Internet Explorer 8 continues to perform well - up 1.15 points from December - defections from Internet Explorer 6 and 7 to other browsers continue to dominate, with those versions losing 1.63 and 0.47 points respectively. The beta of Internet Explorer 9 made minor gains, rising to 0.50 percent share. Firefox continues to hover between 22 and 23 points; its January share was 22.75 percent, erasing the small gains it made in December. Opera made small gains, up to 2.28 from 2.20 percent a month ago."
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Opera Increase
by ramasubbu_sk on Wed 2nd Feb 2011 03:27 UTC
ramasubbu_sk
Member since:
2007-04-05

I would really love to see Opera eating Firefox & Chrome market share. Just wonder why people are not using Opera browser ;) , for me it seems like it is as good as (sometimes even better then) other browsers.

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RE: Opera Increase
by umccullough on Wed 2nd Feb 2011 05:10 in reply to "Opera Increase"
umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

Just wonder why people are not using Opera browser ;) , for me it seems like it is as good as (sometimes even better then) other browsers.


I'll give you one extremely powerful reason: It's not open source.

I know that makes all the difference in my book.

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RE[2]: Opera Increase
by joekiser on Wed 2nd Feb 2011 05:37 in reply to "RE: Opera Increase"
joekiser Member since:
2005-06-30

Well I have never spent time playing around in the source code of a web browser, nor do I do code audits on my desktop software, but I have another explanation: Opera has been steadily declining in quality since 9.5x. The 10.x release broke on any non-Windows platform (actually, 10.5 since we had to wait another half-year for a UNIX version), and version 11 ported the newfound brokenness to Windows. MDI, Opera Link, and rendering issues popped up over the last few iterations.

The company itself has lost its focus. Instead of fixing its web browser, the company half-heartedly adds useless features each time out. Remember how Opera Widgets were going to revolutionize everything, then it was Opera Unite, and now after years of saying we didn't need it, an extensions framework. But I still can't get the forums at Scout.com, or features of my online bank to render properly.

Maybe Opera should end up as a rebranded Chromium-based browser, with all these features that integrate with Opera's online services (including Fastmail.fm) as extensions. Kind of like what Netscape became to Mozilla, or Eudora to Thunderbird. Its just a thought, but I know of no other way I return to that browser at this point.

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RE: Opera Increase
by nt_jerkface on Wed 2nd Feb 2011 18:59 in reply to "Opera Increase"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

I think the main reason is that the market is already well served by Firefox, Chrome and IE.

Firefox has the extensions, Chrome is fast and minimalist while IE is good for casual users and enterprise. OSX users tend to use Safari and version 5 is pretty decent.

Opera could also use a better name. The connotation doesn't fit the software. The default skin always sucks as well.

But Opera 11 is definitely faster than FF 3.6 and has a good selection of extensions. I'm surprised by how unpopular it is in US:
http://gs.statcounter.com/#browser-na-monthly-201001-201101

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