Archive for August, 2006

Join the online Opera social groups: Facebook, MySpace

August 29, 2006 19 comments

With the start of the fall semester just around the corner (here in the US) Opera is gearing up for an awareness campaign of the Opera browser aimed at college and university campuses, particularly for those in the US.

Local Opera User Groups are being formed in various college and university campuses around the country. In some of these group meetups Opera will provide free food and drinks for social events. These locally run school groups will help organize Opera events at their prospective campuses to bring more awareness for the Opera browser.

Just the other day I came across an Opera browser group on Facebook, the popular social site for students. Facebook, by the way, recommends using the Opera browser. Why don’t you join this global Opera group? It’s your chance to tell your college peers about your passion for the Opera browser. Share the love. 🙂

If you’re into MySpace, there’s a group for you too. The Operatastic group on MySpace started not long ago, and has more than a couple hundred members so far.

The only way Opera will increase its market share is if we, as users of the Opera browser, share the word. Opera doesn’t do much advertising; it’s relying on us to share it with our family, friends, co-workers, blogs, forums, chat, etc.

Be part of the Opera community!

Categories: Marketing, Opera Community

Some Opera statistics

August 21, 2006 12 comments

Desktop browser

  • 10 million (10,000,000) downloads of Opera 9 to date.
  • Top markets for the desktop in terms of usage: Germany, USA, China, Russia, and Japan.

Opera Mobile browser

  • More than 40 million phones were distributed with the Opera Mobile browser.
  • The Opera Mobile browser is offered for more than 50 different phone models.
  • More than 2.5 million downloads of the Opera Mobile browser so far this year.

Opera Mini

  • Opera Mini has more than 5 million (5,000,000) active users.
  • Users of the Opera Mini browser surfed more than 1 billion (1,000,000,000) pages since the browser was first released 7 months ago.

Opera visits Microsoft in preparation for Windows Vista

August 18, 2006 19 comments

A group from Opera Software visited Microsoft this week to prepare future versions of the Opera browser for Windows Vista.

The Windows version of Opera makes use of some of the underlying components of the Windows platform. Windows Vista, Microsoft’s new OS, includes many changes to Windows, which may require some changes on Opera’s part.

Opera’s Chief Web Opener, David Storey, was among those who visited Microsoft this week, which leads me to think that Microsoft’s websites was also on the agenda. Many of Microsoft’s new “Live” websites (including the new Hotmail) don’t work in the Opera browser.

Hang out with the Opera guys
If you’d like to meet the group from Opera, they’ll be at the Seattle Opera User Group meeting tonight. More details here.

Categories: Compatibility

Leaving for vacation

August 11, 2006 1 comment

I’ll be going on vacation for the next couple weeks to the White Mountains in New Hampshire.

I’m not sure yet whether I’ll have internet access over there, which means I probably won’t post anything during this time.

Since I won’t be around to monitor the comments, I’m turning on the comment spam filter again. I had it on a little while ago, but it kept on classifying legitimate comments as spam, so I turned it off. However, now that I receive an average of 20-30 comments spam a day, I think it would be prudent to turn it on while I’m away. Sorry in advance if the filter eats up your legitimate comment (I’ll de-spam them when I come back).

Time to relax.

Categories: Announcements

Opera User Group meetups in Seattle and Minnesota

August 11, 2006 2 comments

Following our very first, and successful, Opera User Group meet up in the Baltimore area, we have two more to announce.

Seattle, Washington
A few Opera developers, including “Mitchman”, Anne van Kesteren (very active with standards), David Storey (Chief Web Opener at Opera), and the famous “Olli” will be visiting the Seattle area next week. I thought it would be nice if we can start a Seattle Opera User Group and have them attend the first meet up.

Thanks to Anne Lee, a Seattle-local, this became possible. The first meeting will take place next Friday night (August 18, 2006) between 6PM and 8PM at the Seattle Center (near the Seattle Space Needle) by the food court area. Be on the lookout for Opera t-shirts or other Opera posters. (Directions here)

Bring your computer if you’d like; there will be free Wi-Fi internet service at the food court.

We’re still looking for a local group leader to organize future group meetings in Seattle. If you’re interested either contact Anne or myself.

Twin Cities, Minnesota
Eddie Lopez, who runs the Usability blog, is organizing an Opera User Group in the Twin Cities – Minnesota area.

Take a look at his MOUG (Minnesota Opera User Group) homepage for more details. If you’re in the area and are interested joining, let him know by posting a comment to his blog post.

Opera User Group Updates
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Categories: Opera Community

Opera 9 continues to receive excellent reviews

August 9, 2006 6 comments

With no shortage of positive reviews, the Opera browser has won the hearts of many browser reviewers (and new users).

Robert Irvine from WebUser Magazine reviewed Opera 9 a couple days ago. His review is very positive towards Opera, and highlights many of the features that have made Opera popular.

Snippet from the review:

Evidently seeking to innovate rather than imitate, Opera 9 leaves other browsers in the shade. It’s packed with clever features that make web surfing simpler, speedier and safer, but is still straightforward to use and loads pages at lightning speed. Although Firefox fans may miss having thousands of extensions to play with, Opera’s versatility and powerful performance make it a worthy rival to the browsers from Mozilla and Microsoft, who will probably be eyeing some of its new tools with interest.

Gareth McCumskey, the editor of ISP Directory, also did a review of Opera 9 as well as Internet Explorer (IE) and Firefox. Of the three major Windows browsers he reviewed, Opera 9 received the highest marks, followed by Firefox and IE.

Sony's new mylo includes the Opera browser built-in

August 8, 2006 5 comments

The new Sony mylo, a Wi-Fi device that works in any 802.11b wireless network, will include the Opera browser.

Details of the new mylo, which stands for “my life online”, were made public today. The device will come with built-in Skype, Google Talk and Yahoo Messenger.

The mylo will directly compete with the Nokia 770, which also includes the Opera browser.

The advantage for these kinds of devices to use the Opera browser, besides for its speed, is Opera’s Small-Screen Rendering (SSR) technology, which reformats webpages to fit the small screen of mobile devices, eliminating need for horizontal scrolling. The size of the mylo screen is 320×240 pixels.

Set for release next month (in the US), the mylo will cost $350.

Categories: Opera Devices