Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 25th Jun 2011 18:15 UTC
Opera Software Jon S. von Tetzchner has been with Opera for a long time - in fact, he co-founded the browser maker back in 1995, and led the company to great success; the desktop version may play a niche role, the various mobile versions surely do not. Today though, he has announced he will be leaving the company due to differences with the board and management.
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RE: Comment by RichterKuato
by PresentIt on Sun 26th Jun 2011 08:50 UTC in reply to "Comment by RichterKuato"
PresentIt
Member since:
2010-02-10

I hope Opera's new direction will be more interesting than it was the last few years. Firefox, Safari and Chrome all passed it in market share almost as soon as they were released.

There's nothing Opera can do about those browsers.

Safari is bundled with Mac, so obviously most Mac users are going to use that. This is why Safari has about 5% market share (and fairly stable).

Firefox was heavily promoted by Google, like Chrome is now. That's the driver behind Chrome's growth today, and Firefox'd growth (until Google stopped promoting it, and Firefox stopped growing).

Opera doesn't have an OS to bundle with or an advertising monopoly to advertise their browser.

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RE[2]: Comment by RichterKuato
by shotsman on Sun 26th Jun 2011 11:53 in reply to "RE: Comment by RichterKuato"
shotsman Member since:
2005-07-22

So what if Safari is bundled with OS X? IE is bundled with Windows.
Yeah some people may use the bundled browser but pretty well everyone I know does not use it unless they really have to.
I use Firefox on Windows, OSX & Linux. One browser on all platforms. Safari is so-so. IMHO Chrome is a lot better. IE sucks and I'll only use it if there is no other choice such as a corporate sharepoint system.

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PresentIt Member since:
2010-02-10

So what if Safari is bundled with OS X? IE is bundled with Windows.

Yes, that is my point. That gives it a huge advantage when it comes to distribution.

IE has Windows, Safari has Mac, Firefox had Google, Chrome has Google. All these are huge distribution channels, and Opera doesn't have those.

Yeah some people may use the bundled browser but pretty well everyone I know does not use it unless they really have to.

Yes, but the point is that all those other browsers have major distribution channels that Opera lacks.

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RichterKuato Member since:
2010-05-14

Hmmm, I guess that make sense. Except, I don't really remember Google ever promoting Firefox.

I'm pretty sure Firefox's success has more to do with the combination of a few things: the projects initial focus on making a browser for "mom and pop", it's popup-blocking feature, being a free application, it's warm non-corporate feel, it's viral marketing campaigns and people being fed up with Internet Explorer.

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PresentIt Member since:
2010-02-10

Hmmm, I guess that make sense. Except, I don't really remember Google ever promoting Firefox.

They did. They paid webmaster up to $1 for every Firefox installation they could generate from their site, remember? Google never did that even with Chrome, AFAIK.

I'm pretty sure Firefox's success has more to do with the combination of a few things: the projects initial focus on making a browser for "mom and pop", it's popup-blocking feature, being a free application, it's warm non-corporate feel, it's viral marketing campaigns and people being fed up with Internet Explorer.

So why did Firefox's growth stop when Google stopped promoting it?

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

I'm pretty sure Firefox's success has more to do with the combination of a few things: the projects initial focus on making a browser for "mom and pop", it's popup-blocking feature, being a free application, it's warm non-corporate feel, it's viral marketing campaigns and people being fed up with Internet Explorer.

Why "initial" focus ? Don't you think that Firefox continues to have a focus on clean UIs and usability ?

I mean, if there's one browser which I find clean and dead easy to use and configure, it's really Firefox (Safari being more or less on an equal footing, which is normal considering that they have heavily taken inspiration from the FF UI)

Edited 2011-06-26 14:08 UTC

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