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Big announcement coming from Opera

July 5, 2005

Expect to hear a big announcement from Opera sometime later this week.

Multiple sources from within Opera have confirmed to me of a “big” announcement related to Opera’s desktop browser.

Stay tuned.

Update (7/6/05): Here it is.

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  1. July 5, 2005 at 4:51 pm

    Who are the sources and why you? Don’t ruin my good night sleep without a reason 😉

  2. July 5, 2005 at 4:53 pm

    Jere,

    Sorry to ruin your night. I’m as curious as you are.

  3. Anonymous
    July 5, 2005 at 5:02 pm

    Huge announcement, actually 😉

  4. Anonymous
    July 5, 2005 at 5:39 pm

    What could it be?

  5. Anonymous
    July 5, 2005 at 5:40 pm

    It never rains but it pours. Buckets and frogs.

  6. Anonymous
    July 5, 2005 at 5:52 pm

    I certainly hope they’ll come with it before I go on vacation! 😀

    Version 9 maybe? lol

  7. July 5, 2005 at 6:10 pm

    My suspicion tells me that Opera is discontinuing the desktop browser and focusing on mobile phone markets only as worst case. Best case … the desktop browser will be free and be discontinued. Just my guesses … 🙂

  8. July 5, 2005 at 7:23 pm

    What about the new IMAP code?

  9. July 5, 2005 at 10:14 pm

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  10. Anonymous
    July 6, 2005 at 12:31 am

    Hm, turn into opensource? 🙂 Might be nice but I’d love that Opera devs countinued doing great job themselves.
    Even when it ‘only’ would be free, would it be THE big thing? Not sure… we’ll see

  11. July 6, 2005 at 1:33 am

    opera 8.02?
    8.10?
    qt4 compiled?
    new imap?
    xslt?
    or?

  12. July 6, 2005 at 2:05 am

    Indeed, the Opera team was quite silent recently!?

  13. Anonymous
    July 6, 2005 at 3:06 am

    Discontinuation doesn’t make sense in this context, since leaking word of a “big announcement” is geared toward hyping positive news, not making news that will leave a lot of people upset.

    Google buying the desktop version, making it ad-free, throwing a ton of effort into its development, raising its profile, putting it on equal footing with Firefox and maybe even becoming a real threat to IE, now that’s news you want to hype.

  14. J81
    July 6, 2005 at 3:10 am

    The EVIL Googel buying out Opera would be a good news for you? Thanks God it won’t happen!

  15. July 6, 2005 at 3:42 am

    Considering 8.01 just came out, I think we can rule out it being a new release. If anything we have seen enough mobile browser related news, my guess is just as good as anybody elses however I think it will relate to the current desktop browser. Maybe dropping the ads? They seem well suited to be able to afford it now, with accomplishments as of late int he mobile market.

  16. Anonymous
    July 6, 2005 at 3:52 am

    Maybe Acid2 completed?

    http://zybex.front.ru

  17. July 6, 2005 at 3:56 am

    May be it is gonna be one of these 3
    1.Extensions coming to Opera
    2.Slipstream coming really soon to Opera
    3.As the previous poster said – Acid2 passed.

  18. Anonymous
    July 6, 2005 at 4:21 am

    Acid2 and a new release aren’t what I would call “big announcements”. Discontinuing the desktop browser doesn’t make sense, since there have been enough signals in the My Opera Forums that they’re still working hard on e.g. the mail client (indexing system, IMAP backed etc).
    OpenSource? I don’t know – is such a mature product suitable for a larger (programmers) public after it’s been developed behind closed doors for a decade?
    Which leaves dropping the ads… but that would mean that a significant part of the revenues will vanish.

    Perhaps Windows Longhorn will be shipped with Opera pre-installed. 😉

  19. Anonymous
    July 6, 2005 at 6:51 am

    >Perhaps Windows Longhorn will be shipped with Opera pre-installed. 😉

    That would be great 🙂 Though it wouldn’t convince me to start using Windows, Opera on linux runs very well

  20. July 6, 2005 at 8:59 am

    I think it will relate to the current desktop browser

    DeVaney,
    it will be related to the desktop browser.

  21. Anonymous
    July 6, 2005 at 11:12 am

    I really hope they don’t go open source! Open source is great, but Opera is like Apple, in a way. Apple’s closed unique PPC (and now Intel) architecture has let them tweak the OS perfectly so it runs great. Similarly, Opera, being closed-source, the developers get to control and tweak it so the feature set is perfect. The community already has a say in Opera’s development… Perhaps an ad-free free version? If they don’t want the money, fine by me.

  22. July 6, 2005 at 11:17 am

    The announcement is out.

    Check it out.

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