Archive for October, 2005

Opera 8.5 for Series 60 Mobile Phones Available Next Week

October 31, 2005 1 comment

Opera will be releasing a new version of the Series 60 browser in the coming week, according to a posting in the Opera forums by Bjarte Vosseteig, the Product Manager for Symbian Smartphones at Opera Software.

The version number of this release will be 8.5, and will be in alignment with the Opera 8.5 desktop rendering engine. The browser is in the final stages at this moment.

“This release was planned for end of October, and is very close to being ready. We are at the moment working on some final touches before releasing it next week.”

Opera currently has more than 20 mobile phones with the Series 60 operating system.

(Thanks Jonspence).

Categories: Uncategorized

Opera Watch in your email inbox

October 31, 2005 5 comments

I personally love RSS feeds, but many of you haven’t discovered its true potential yet. So now you can also subscribe to Opera Watch via email, by signing up for daily email notifications of new Opera Watch posts.

To subscribe, simply enter your email address in the field located at the top right corner of the page and click ‘Subscribe’. You’ll then be sent an email from FeedBlitz asking you to confirm it.

With my email address posted all over on Opera Watch, I’m sure you can imagine how much spam email I get each day. I hate spam. So rest assured that I wouldn’t share your email address with other parties.

And as always, you could still subscribe using the RSS feed.

I recently made it easier to subscribe to Opera Watch’s RSS feed with your favorite RSS reader, using a service called SingleSub (created by a close friend of mine, Yakov Shafranovich).

Click here and select the RSS reader of your choice.

Categories: Uncategorized

BitTorrent to be Included in Opera 9

October 28, 2005 13 comments

An Opera official told me that they plan on including BitTorrent support in the final release of Opera 9.

In July of this year Opera became the first browser to add support for BitTorrent, though only in preview and beta versions not in any final releases.

Categories: Desktop

Map of Opera Browser Users

October 27, 2005 11 comments

Are you an Opera browser user? Add yourself to the map of Opera users.

To add yourself to the map, you need a name, city or zip, and a shoutout (a comment).

You could also upload a photo; I was thinking that this would be a great way to see the Opera browser layouts and skins of other users, so upload a screenshot of your browser to the map.

Map yourself, what are you waiting for?

Categories: Opera Community

Opera Watch Turns 1 Year old

October 23, 2005 15 comments

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since Opera Watch was launched.

What a year it has been. Starting out with just a few page hits a day to an average of more than 20,000 hits per month now with more than 1,100 RSS subscribers.

Opera Watch was first to break several Opera stories over the past year and has been featured in the press on countless occasions including The Inquirer, CBS Market Watch, Red Herring Magazine,, Slashdot, Investors Business Daily, Neowin, and more.

I’d be lying if I said that I’m not proud of its success. There is no better reward for me when I see people write comments and link to Opera Watch in their own blogs — I read every comment and generally visit the blogs/sites that link to Opera Watch. Thanks to everyone who has commented on Opera Watch.

It is great being part of this Opera community. I enjoy talking with others in the community, whether it’s on the Opera IRC channel, the Opera forums, or via email. I’ve received countless emails from Opera users seeking advice on how to spread word of the Opera browser in their schools or workplace.

It has been a great year. And so long as Opera gives me what to write about, I’ll be here for many years to come, hopefully.

Thanks to everyone who has made this fun.


Categories: Uncategorized

Unifying Browser Terminology

October 20, 2005 8 comments

With today’s preview release of Opera 9, in addition to some of the more apparent changes, Opera has also made some subtle changes in hopes of unifying the browser terminology.

For example, most browsers refer to browser tabs simply as ‘tabs’, while Opera, until now, referred to them as ‘pages’. However with Opera 9, it is referred to as tabs as well.

It also made some changes to some common keyboard shortcuts that deal with tabs. CTRL+T now opens a new tab instead of CTRL+N, while CTRL+N now opens a new browser window.

The changes was made after many flocked to Opera from other browser after going ad-free and complaining of the lack of common behavior among browsers.

Categories: Standards

Opera 9 Preview 1 Unofficially Released

October 20, 2005 13 comments

Opera today released Opera 9 preview 1.

In this version Opera added an opera:config page for managing advanced preferences (very useful), support for XSLT, Canvas 2D, Web Forms 2.0, a new IMAP backend, rich-text editing on Web pages, site-specific preferences, and many more changes. See the changelog for a complete list of changes.

Opera 9 also identifies itself as Opera in its UserAgent by default.

Important: This is only a preview version and should NOT be installed over previous versions. This release uses a new account storage format. If you install over an existing profile, you will be prompted to convert all accounts into the new format. This will not require a re-index. You will not be able to use the reformatted e-mail with previous versions of Opera.

Download Opera 9

Categories: Desktop