Home > Editorial > A look back at 2005

A look back at 2005

December 21, 2005

As the final days of the year 2005 slowly fade away, I thought it would be nice to pause and look at the big happenings of 2005 in the Opera world, both the good and bad as well.

Here are some that I compiled:

No doubt, Opera going ad-free is by far the biggest Opera headline of 2005. I think Opera’s CEO would agree with me on that as well, after all he said “I hope 2005 will be remembered, not as the year of my overly optimistic attempt to swim to the USA, but as the year the Opera browser went free”.

This year has been an exciting year for the Opera community, we have seen an increased awareness in alternative browsers; and now with Opera having removed the banner ads, it appears the perception of Opera by many has changed for the better.

Some of the Opera lowlights of 2005 include the release of many popular products/services by Google that weren’t immediately supported by the Opera browser; Opera was a bit slow to add support for AJAX. Also the controversy over Opera’s PC World award created some negative press towards Opera, though I think Opera handled it professionally.

Overall, however, Opera has had a positive year. We have seen a boost in the interaction between Opera (the company) and the Opera community; the new community site contributed to this a lot.

Opera has managed to keep a good record on security, compared to other major browsers, including Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox; it had the fewest security vulnerabilities according to the independent security firm Secunia.

I don’t have the exact numbers to show it, but I would think it’s safe to say that Opera has attracted many new users to its desktop browser. More than 1 million users downloaded the Opera browser in the first 48 hours since it went ad-free; and according to Opera’s server logs a majority of downloads came from Internet Explorer users.

The average daily download rate of the Opera browser for the desktop has more than doubled since going ad-free, compared with the previous rate of before the release of Opera 8.5. The current download rate of the desktop browser stands at 80,000 – 100,000 per day.

One notable area where we haven’t seen much of an increase is Opera file size, despite all the new features added.

What are some of your Opera highlights (and lowlights) of 2005?

P.S. Coming soon… A look ahead to 2006.

Categories: Editorial
  1. December 21, 2005 at 4:28 pm

    Great post…..great article……

    Be well…….

    New York

  2. Anonymous
    December 21, 2005 at 11:53 pm

    may I add…
    great blog…great browser…

    I’d say this has been a rough year for Opera, but there it lays a nice foundation for the next year.

    Waiting to see what you think is in the year ahead and waiting for Opera 9.0, the preview release is already my second most used browser after 8.51

  3. arkavat
    December 22, 2005 at 4:33 am

    and I think Opera 8.5 for mobile with AJAX support is also quite an important step…

  4. Anonymous
    December 22, 2005 at 6:07 am

    Congrats to Opera, my.opera.com as well as this blog. A great year and I hope that 2006 will keep up the excitement.

  5. December 22, 2005 at 7:53 am

    I’d put being the first browser to support SVG as a great Opera accomplishment. Keep up the great blog and here’s to another great year for Opera with the upcoming Release 9.

  6. Anonymous
    December 22, 2005 at 12:03 pm

    Rough year?! How?

  7. Anonymous
    December 23, 2005 at 2:57 am

    Rough year… well maybe it is just me but I see two bad news

    1) Controversy is not new to Opera but this time, Opera was at the receiving end due to the PC World debacle – even if it was a unintended mistake.

    2) Even though the download rate has doubled since Opera went ad free, Firefox still gets more limelight and acceptance.

    Actually I was wrong about second point. I thought Opera has not seen an increased user share in the browser usage market. But it is too early to say since Opera went free in September. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_web_browsers

    Comparing peak (or second peak) usage to latest, in 2005 according to

    Janco – June(0.59%) Sept(0.23%)
    TheCounter – Q3(0.67%) Q4(1%)
    OneStat – Feb(1.09%) Nov(0.77%)
    ADTECH – Jan(1.70%) June(1.21%)
    NetApps – Aug(0.62%) Nov(0.53%)

    But the biggest problem with Opera has been the rendering, something that has improved in 9preview. Now dont get into debate about Opera’s redndrer being fine and the problem being with bad coding and IE and FF etc, the botomline for end user is sites dont work the same with Opera.

  8. leviramsey
    June 14, 2006 at 12:42 pm

    Any chance of editing these links to be to operawatch.com and not the old blogspot?

  1. No trackbacks yet.
Comments are closed.
%d bloggers like this: