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Offline web applications in Opera

March 15, 2007

Jan Standal, the Director of Product Management at Opera Software, spoke to linux.com about support for offline web applications in the Opera browser.

Since we’re seeing more and more applications, such as word processors, email, etc coming to the web, it’s important for them to also work when your computer is not connected to the Internet. Read more about it here.

Categories: Desktop, Opera Mobile
  1. March 15, 2007 at 11:40 am

    Very cool! Opera and Firefox are the two main cross-platform offerings these days, and with both of them getting behind the tech needed to handle webapps offline, that’ll provide plenty of options for people with spotty connections.

  2. March 15, 2007 at 11:41 am


    Not directly related to offline applications but to widgets, I read that Netvibes is developping a Universal Widget API, allowing widgets to be shared between many applications (like Google IG, Netvibes, Apple Dashboard, Vista, etc.) and that Opera will be soon compatible. Can you say more about this? Do you think it could be a plus for Opera? In my opinion, it will let people use a widget on their desktop platform and also on their mobile through Opera…

  3. March 15, 2007 at 1:44 pm

    Romain: So they are really just doing exactly what has already been done? Opera works on many platforms, hence Widgets do. And last time I checked Opera had good communications with Mozilla on the topic about making it a standard. So I can’t really see what Netwibes are doing except reinventing the wheel. Though they are making a layer on top of all the standards compared to a universal standard which I think would be much more useful.

    Then again, I never really understood the big point about widgets. Someone once said: “If it walks like a duck, if it quacks like a duck, and it looks like a duck, then it is a duck”. To me it looks more like an off line web page with no chrome than an invention. Then again, I have been wrong before about web technology.

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