Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 25th May 2012 19:09 UTC
Opera Software Pocket-lint has a rumour up that Facebook is interested in acquiring Opera to kickstart their own move into the browser market, to compete with Mozilla, Google, and Microsoft. While it would mean much-deserved recognition for Opera, I actually hope such a deal does not go through - for entirely selfish reasons.
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I dunno
by WorknMan on Fri 25th May 2012 19:25 UTC
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2005-11-13

I think they would have to dumb Opera down significantly to appease the Facebook crowd. Seems like they would go for something simpler than that.

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RE: I dunno
by zima on Sat 26th May 2012 09:10 in reply to "I dunno"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

There is more than one Opera, really. Among them Mini - a fairly simple thing, one which gives very decent access to, say, Facebook (it is a top site visited from Opera Mini http://www.opera.com/smw/2011/11/ ) - particularly for people who otherwise would hardly have it, on devices hardly able of running any other browser.

And Facebook knows such mobile phones are most popular, wants to cater to them (if only, I guess, because it opens FB to many growing markets, hence increases the number of users that FB can gloat about): http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=483824142130

...but the thing about that app mentioned in the above FB blog post: last I checked, it was quite horrible. Opera Mini certainly offered a better experience.

So perhaps this "leak" (which no doubt went through a form of Chinese whispers game) is not about buying Opera ASA and all its customer relations - which wouldn't seem to make much sense - but about becoming one of Opera customers.

Carriers or mobile phone makers do have deals with Opera to offer Mini - typically little more than rebranded (if even that), at least sometimes used as the browser for cheap web prepaid packages (one carrier at my place does that).
I can easily imagine Facebook also licensing it, building on its tech some good client to their website (more integrated with it, more streamlined than "general usage" Mini or one of its rebranded version, maybe offering free access on some carriers).
At least, that would have some sense...

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RE: I dunno
by No it isnt on Sat 26th May 2012 09:20 in reply to "I dunno"
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

The Facebook crowd? That's 901 million people you're talking about.

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RE: I dunno
by Liquidator on Mon 28th May 2012 09:44 in reply to "I dunno"
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2007-03-04

the browser has just too many features for my own liking


Similar interface as Firefox or Chrome. These features are burried, non-obstrusive and hidden. Ignore them if you don't need them ;)

Facebook's buying the company would save it having to build a browser from scratch.


They could take source code of WebKit, Mozilla, etc. And they could even start from scratch, they have so much money, they can hire the best devs on Earth.

it makes sense Facebook would look in Opera's general direction if it wanted to move into the browser market


But so many people have strong opinion against Opera because it was a paid/ad browser in the 90's and because it isn't opensource. This is partly why it is only 1% of the market even after 20 years. But they are well established on the mobile market.

I'd hate to see Opera get stuffed with Facebook crap


Me too! Duh...I hate Facebook and Twitter time wasting junk.

assuming Facebook wants to get into the browser business, Opera is the only logical choice


Nope. A few other options, as other web browsers have their source code available. Or Facebook can start from stratch and promote their new browser on their pages. Usage growth would skyrocket in a few months.

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RE[2]: I dunno
by PresentIt on Mon 28th May 2012 13:01 in reply to "RE: I dunno"
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2010-02-10

This is partly why it is only 1% of the market even after 20 years.


Not just 1%. More like 5% or so globally, but up to 50% in some countries.

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RE: I dunno
by zima on Fri 1st Jun 2012 23:50 in reply to "RE: I dunno"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

But so many people have strong opinion against Opera because it was a paid/ad browser in the 90's and because it isn't opensource. This is partly why it is only 1% of the market even after 20 years. But they are well established on the mobile market.

"So many people" are mostly hardly aware of Opera - and even less would care about the OSS aspect, or remember that it was paid / adware.

(well established in mobile - where most of growth is yet to happen; oh and in most of CIS as a desktop browser)

Edited 2012-06-02 00:05 UTC

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RE[2]: I dunno
by zima on Fri 1st Jun 2012 23:48 in reply to "I dunno"
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2005-07-06



Edited 2012-06-01 23:48 UTC

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