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  • Whatever happened to Opera?

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    • #328787 Reply

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      I used Opera for a long time until I got FireFox, and liked it.

      It still seems to be available and trying to compete – so does anyone know what the story is here?



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      AskWoody Lounger

      I used Opera for a long time. I still have a payed for license key for version 3.10. I used Opera 12.18 until way after its due date for not wanting to switch to the later chromium versions. In 2017 I switched to Firefox and have been using that since.

      Opera was the little known outsider in the early browser wars. It had excellent render speed and was highly customizable up to version 12 thanks to its amazing Gecko and Presto render engine. Opera was one of the first browsers to use tabs and had an inbuilt e-mail client as well as a torrent client. It could run on very minimal PC specs.

      The Norwegian company struggled financially. Opera never caught on to the wider audience. The name Opera was not associated with a web browser. Various schemes were used to try and make money of the product. But ultimately in 2016 most of Opera was sold to a Chinese consortium for $600 million an absolute fortune.

      Some of the original software engineers created a follow up web browser called Vivaldi. But this chromium based browser still lacks many customizations of its outdated pre chromium predecessor.

      The name Opera and the web browser still exist and are developed by the new owners. But most of the early revolutionary tech that made Opera stand out is no longer used. Because of the new ownership there is also some apprehension over user data privacy.

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      @ Sinclair – Thanks.  I loved Opera when I used it and cannot remember why I changed, so was curious.  But Chinese made and owned? Not if I have options.


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      Last time I checked, nothing had happened to Opera. It’s around the 6th most-popular browser, with ~2-3% market share, a share it’s held for at least a decade and which is better than it did previous decade—allowing of course for the impossibility of accurate figures, and huge differences in methodology between measurement companies.

      There’s also an interesting fork called Vivaldi, which Sinclair mentioned above. That’s probably the next browser I’ll try out when I get time, but for now Opera does just fine as my main browser. Being based on Chrome’s engine, it can use most of the Chrome extensions, so it’s not lacking for additional functions.

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