Archive for February, 2006

W3C visits Opera headquarters for AJAX standards discussion

February 26, 2006 1 comment

The W3C’s (World Wide Web Consortium) working group on Web APIs met at Opera Headquarters in Norway this past week to work on various web standards, including AJAX (XMLHttpRequest) and DOM-3 Events.

Attending the discussions were Robin Berjon – Expway, Charles McCathieNevile – Opera, Dean Jackson – W3C, Anne van Kesteren – Opera, Jonas Sicking – Mozilla, Stéphane Sire – Intuilab, Jim Ley –, and Gorm Eriksen – Opera. See picture here.

The W3C’s is an international consortium, which works to develop Web standards.

Categories: Standards

Opera joins group in antitrust complaint against Microsoft

February 23, 2006 2 comments

Opera’s spokesman Tor Odland told Opera Watch that Opera is part of the group the filed a complaint with the European (EU) Commission last week, alleging its business practices threatened to deny real choice among competing software products.

The group, which includes IBM, Oracle, RealNetworks, Nokia and Sun Microsystems, is asking EU regulators to force Microsoft to end its monopoly practices. Odland explains the basis for Opera’s participation is that Opera is a strong advocate for interoperability on the Internet.

Read the statement by the chairman of the European Committee for Interoperable Systems’ (ECIS), the group that filed the complaint.

Categories: Uncategorized

Some Opera statistics

February 20, 2006 10 comments

In today’s press conference by Opera’s outgoing CFO, Christian Jebsen, some interesting statistics regarding Opera’s download and usage were revealed.

  • Opera’s desktop browser, Opera 8, averages 100,000 downloads per-day, double the previous download rate from before Opera went ad-free.
  • In the first couple of days after the release of the Technology Preview (TP) 1 version for Opera 9, more than 500,000 users downloaded the Opera 9 preview. Never before has Opera has this many downloads for a preview version (note, this doesn’t include beta versions).
  • Opera Mini has amassed more than 1,400,000 active users, since its launch less than a month ago.
  • Opera receives on average of 750,000 unique visitors to its site,, while the Opera community site receives 600,000 unique visitors per-day.
Categories: Statistics

Opera partially adopts new RSS feed icon

February 15, 2006 21 comments

(See update below)

Opera has adopted the RSS feed icon from Mozilla Firefox on its site.

The new orange icon (see screenshot below) was initially used only by Firefox, but last December Microsoft announced that it too would include the icon in the next release of Internet Explorer (IE). There has been an ongoing effort between browser vendors to encourage more consistency between the various browsers.

I spoke to an Opera official about these developments who told me that there have been discussions at Opera on including the new feed icon in the browser’s address bar too. Currently Opera displays a blue icon with the word ‘RSS’ in the address bar.

Update (2/16/06): It’s official now. The new feed icon will be added to the Opera browser too.

New orange feed icon:
New Feed Icon

Categories: Standards

Opera 8.52 unofficially released

February 15, 2006 8 comments

Opera 8.52 has been unofficially released on Opera’s FTP directory.

Opera has not made any official announcement regarding this release at this time, so I’m not aware of the specific updates. Perhaps it’s nothing more than security updates; Opera is putting most of its focus on the next major release, Opera 9, at this time.

Opera 8.52 is available for the Windows, Linux/Unix, and Mac platforms.

The official changelog for Opera 8.52 (Windows) will be posted here, when it’s made official.

Important note: Download at your own risk. This release is still unofficial.

Update (2/17/06): Opera has now made this release official, which can be downloaded on its website. This release contains some Gmail loading fixes and a fix for a minor security issues.

Categories: Desktop

Opera browser on the Nintendo DS Gameboy

February 15, 2006 9 comments

Opera today announced that the Opera browser would be made available for the Nintendo DS.

The Opera browser for Nintendo DS will be sold as an optional DS card. Users simply insert the card into the Wi-Fi enabled Nintendo DS, connect to a network, and begin browsing on two screens. As of now it will only be available to Nintendo DS users in Japan.

The browser is based on the same core as the Opera desktop browser.

No date has been set by Nintendo DS on when the DS cards with the Opera browser would become available.

How ironic, when I visited the Nintendo website with my Opera browser (using Opera 9), I got forwarded to a page telling me to upgrade my browser. They claim that their site requires at least Netscape 6.2, Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0, Safari 1.0 or Firefox 1.0. Opera is absent from the list.

Let’s hope the iPod is next.

Nintendo DS with the Opera browser

Categories: Opera on Nintendo

Opera releases weekly builds of desktop browser

February 13, 2006 35 comments

With the release of Opera 9 Technical Preview 2 last week, Opera is starting a new tradition: The Weekly Builds. Every week until the final version of Opera 9 is ready, Opera will release a weekly updated version of Opera 9.

Many Opera users have been asking for this for quite some time. Opera’s goal is to open their development process to its users and make them more involved at an earlier stage than when the next public beta is shipped.

It’s important to take note that these weekly build are not as thoroughly tested as the beta and preview versions that Opera has been releasing until now.

Thanks to Dan1el for the tip.

Categories: Desktop