Archive for May, 2005

4 million and counting

Opera 8 has now reached 4 million downloads since it was released 5 weeks ago.

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Opera to have 'Tips' in place of text ads

May 26, 2005 5 comments

In a move to promote Opera’s features and the Opera community, Opera will be opening their text ads in the Opera browser to run tips and quotes from community members.

So instead of seeing those “annoying” ads, you’ll occasionally see tips on Opera.

Opera is asking for your help. Tell them:

  • Your favorite Opera feature.
  • Why should you promote Opera to your friends?
  • Why does the my.opera community rock?
  • Other things that you think its users will be interested in knowing about Opera.
  • How about promoting Opera Watch in the text ads space 😉

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    Internet Explorer team: Uninstall Netscape 8

    May 26, 2005 1 comment

    If you install Netscape 8 the XML rendering capabilities of Internet Explorer (IE) no longer work.

    Here is what the IE team recommends uninstall Netscape 8. How ironic.

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    Nokia chooses Opera

    May 25, 2005 9 comments

    Nokia is introducing a handheld tablet for Web-browsing over a wireless broadband connection to be used in conjunction with the Opera browser.

    The tablet is being marketed as an alternative to buying an extra personal computer or laptop for different rooms, providing a cheaper, quicker and less-cumbersome way to connect to the Web and e-mail at home.

    Instead of displaying stripped-down versions of Web pages like most mobile devices, the tablet uses an Opera browser to display sites as they’d appear on any computer.

    Last November Opera announced a new technology called the Extensible Rendering Architecture (ERA); it enables the browser to render and print Web pages effectively regardless of screen or paper size which in effect means no more horizontal scrolling or cutting off the edges on print-outs. In Opera 8 this feature is called “Fit to window width”.

    What does this mean for Opera and its users? Well, the more people there are that use Opera, the more webmasters must take Opera into account and verify that their sites are compatible with Opera (in other words, standard compliant).
    Nokia 770 Internet Tablet

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    User JavaScript community site for Opera

    May 22, 2005 5 comments, a site dedicated to hosting User JavaScript files for use in the Opera web browser, is now up and running.

    User JavaScript is available from Opera 8. It allows you to specify local JavaScript files for Opera to include on every page that you visit.

    These scripts can do almost anything. Some examples:

    • Fix broken scripts on Web pages.
    • Enhance Web pages by changing or adding your own content to the page.
    • Protect users from malicious web sites.
    • Add or extend browser functionality.
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    More awareness for alternative browsers

    May 21, 2005 2 comments

    In an increased awareness of alternative browsers Firefox will be on the cover of PC Magazine.

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    CNet reviews Opera 8, among six browsers

    CNet has a review by Robert Vamosi who reviewed six browsers Internet Explorer (IE) 6, Firefox, Netscape 8, Safari, Opera 8, and Deepnet Explorer.

    His full review is mostly positive of Opera and its features; however, he got one fact wrong, in fact a big one.

    Here is what he wrote:

    “As a paid browser, Opera has always been on the cutting edge of browser innovation and was once considered the best alternative to Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 (IE 6) until Mozilla Firefox came along. Still, Opera 8 offers a few features found in neither IE nor Firefox. If you’re an early adopter, you won’t mind paying. For the rest of us, however, there are better free alternatives to IE, namely Firefox.”

    “Unfortunately, Opera comes with a catch: in order to get all of the advanced features, you’ll need to pay $40 or put up with an endless stream of banner advertising on the free version. This makes the value proposition for Opera 8 questionable at best.”

    First of all, Opera is free! You can download a fully functional version of Opera 8 for free. Opera has always been free for a while already. The fact that there is a small strip of Google ads on the top of the browser, doesn’t remove its status of a free browser.

    As an analogy, watching TV is still free even though there are advertisements. Google, the most popular website on the web, also has ads and people come back again and again to their site. Google ads don’t scare people away. Well guess what, Opera uses Google ads too.

    Second, Opera’s ads don’t interfere much with the user’s browsing. There is a small strip of Google ads on the top of the browser. You barely notice it. There is no “endless stream of banner advertising.”

    And third, there is a one liner editor’s take for each of the browsers reviewed. Here is what he said about Opera.

    “If you don’t mind paying for Web browser features found nowhere else, Opera 8’s the browser for you.”

    And in the review summary:

    “Despite a ton of great technology in Opera, few consumers will be likely to pay for the app.”

    Is he implying that mostly paid users use Opera? Well not according to my statistics. Opera has roughly 10 million active users, of these only about 100,000 users actually paid for it, according to Opera’s CEO. You do the math; it’s not a big percentage of the users.

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