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Widgets Support in Opera 9?

November 28, 2005

According to an article in PCWorld Magazine Opera 9 will add support for widgets, which are small external programs that use Opera’s engine and can run on the desktop (like Yahoo’s Konfabulator).

I’m not entirely sure about the accuracy of their claim. I spoke with one of Opera’s desktop developers who hadn’t heard of the widgets claim until we spoke. Perhaps PCWorld is referring to the widgets support that comes with the Opera Platform (mobile).

An Opera spokesman wouldn’t confirm to me anything about widget support in Opera 9.

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  1. November 28, 2005 at 3:02 pm

    18:48 anyone clarify on an article that some sort of widgets being in opera 9?
    18:53 probably confused it with Opera Platform

  2. November 28, 2005 at 8:45 pm

    From what I read from Arve Bersvendsen, it is somehow like the extension in Firefox (a markup language + JavaScript + something like XPCOM [application/vnd.opera.jsobj]), without the extension installation/uninstallation mechanism. It is quite similar to widgets as the Opera platform applications are chromeless. They are running on the Opera platform, but not on the Opera browser, while Firefox extension must run on the Firefox browser (not necessary when we have XULRunner).

  3. Anonymous
    November 29, 2005 at 6:09 am

    Note to minghong:


  4. December 2, 2005 at 9:46 pm

    This is certainly possible, as Opera’s footprint has gotten larger and at a faster rate as well, as we’ve seen in the last couple previews and releases.

    If they say that it took only a couple lines and a few K’s of code to integrate BitTorrent, yet over 100K for a minor security update, then somethings up.

    Some huge new features must be on the horizon, that have been in development for a while and are probably already somewhat present in the existing code.

    Widgets? That sounds really stupid and useless in my honest opinion, but an extensions system to compete with Firefox, give users more power and overall just be Web 2.0 friendly, would make alot of sense.

    Dan DeVaney

  5. December 5, 2005 at 10:14 am

    Well the 100k security update is mainly due to the update in the flash plugin.. which opera doesnt code.

    We’ll see what Opera can do with the widgets if they release them with Opera 9 🙂

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