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The Opera-Google Deal

October 7, 2005

Following the trend, Google released yet another product, Google Reader, that is not supported by the Opera browser.

A couple weeks ago the CEO of Opera told me that they are working with Google to make sure their services work well with Opera. This after Opera and Google agreed on a new search revenue deal that allowed Opera to go ad-free.

Perhaps it’s too soon to expect results from Opera’s new relationship with Google, or maybe Opera is currently focused on getting it to work with Opera 9.

Google’s services have become an important part of the web, and their technology is often seen as an indication of future trends.

When Google released Gmail, the Opera browser wasn’t on the list of supported browsers either. It took some time until Opera added more functionality to the browser to support the new Gmail features.

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  1. October 7, 2005 at 5:41 pm

    Google’s philosophy on building web applications is to “take browsers to the limit” rather than rely on the lowest-common-denominator approach. So, regardless of their partnership with Opera, they’re going to go for the advanced features.

    If they can build the app they want using the features in today’s Opera, they’ll do it. But if they get a better app using functions that other browsers have, but that Opera doesn’t have yet, they’ll do that instead.

    It’s not as if Opera’s been singled out for this. When GMail was first launched, it didn’t work in Safari either. When Safari added the necessary functionality, they made the effort to make sure it worked, and now it’s in the “fully supported” category.

    Knowing that Opera’s got a major upgrade in the works, I’m not particularly worried. If it still doesn’t work with Merlin (whether it’s Opera 8.6, Opera 9, or whatever), then it’ll be time to be concerned.

  2. Anonymous
    October 7, 2005 at 6:43 pm

    Works now. Might want to edit your article David.

  3. Anonymous
    October 7, 2005 at 6:46 pm

    Spoke too soon. Never mind. It still doesn’t work.

  4. Anonymous
    October 7, 2005 at 7:11 pm

    They can start with sending gzipped content to Opera.

  5. October 8, 2005 at 12:07 am

    If Google Reader was something that Opera didn’t already have (a RSS newsfeed reader, that is), I would have more concern about Opera not being supported by Google’s Reader.

    As it is, I’ll take Opera’s RSS newsfeed reader over Google’s current implementation easily.

    I understand your overall principle point, though. Google should support Opera better and/or Opera should support Google better for these side services of Google.

  6. October 8, 2005 at 8:51 am

    i like google and opera.. both companies offer nice products and/or services..
    google reader, as expected, works ok on internet explorer..
    but i think i’ll stick to the integrated rss reader in opera for now..
    perhaps until google reader works with opera?

  7. Jakub81
    October 8, 2005 at 1:46 pm

    Googel sucks. I use it for searching only because googel has to pay for every search I do in Opera.

  8. October 30, 2005 at 2:55 am

    Hopefully Opera is working on it, but so far not all Blogger features are availabele with this browser. For example, to publish photos or edit posts to a blog I have to go back to Netscape or FireFox.

  9. MartinG
    September 21, 2006 at 4:23 pm

    Google Spreadsheet does not work in Opera 9.01…:

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