Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Feb 2013 13:21 UTC
Opera Software De kogel is door de kerk: as we already talked about earlier, Opera is going to switch to the WebKit engine, leaving its own Presto rendering engine behind. We didn't yet know if they would the switch only on mobile or on the desktop as well, and they cleared that up too: both mobile and desktop Opera Browsers will switch to the WebKit rendering engine.
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PresentIt
Member since:
2010-02-10

If Presto is the main thing that makes Opera special, then Opera has been in big trouble. After all, the main job of a browser is to show web sites, and Presto had major compatibility problems.

You are wrong, of course. People don't care about the engine. They care about the user experience and features.

Kicking the web in the nuts? How so? It wasn't really making it easier or harder for web developers because web developers mostly ignored Presto. Opera moving to WebKIt won't mean sh*t for the web because Presto doesn't mean anything.

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Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

If Presto is the main thing that makes Opera special, then Opera has been in big trouble. After all, the main job of a browser is to show web sites, and Presto had major compatibility problems.

You are wrong, of course. People don't care about the engine. They care about the user experience and features.

Kicking the web in the nuts? How so? It wasn't really making it easier or harder for web developers because web developers mostly ignored Presto. Opera moving to WebKIt won't mean sh*t for the web because Presto doesn't mean anything.

I don't know about how popular Opera was but I always felt Mozilla and Opera were the innovators of the web. So you can understand that when Opera announces they will be a follower from now on it feels like a kick in the nuts for me.

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PresentIt Member since:
2010-02-10

How does this mean that Opera will be a follower? Who was following Opera? Not web developers, that's for sure!

Won't this make innovation even easier for Opera since they don't have to work on compatibility problems most of the time anymore?

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

I always felt Mozilla and Opera were the innovators of the web. So you can understand that when Opera announces they will be a follower from now on it feels like a kick in the nuts for me.

But they didn't announce to be a follower - Opera will surely contribute to Webkit in major ways. Maybe even leaving greater mark on the web than before.

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Opera moving to WebKIt won't mean sh*t for the web because Presto doesn't mean anything.

To be fair, it captured notable chunk of mobile browsing (but of course via Mini, so not a real browser with all expected features)

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