Wednesday, August 24th 2005

Opera To Be Freeware?

It’s great to hear that Opera may becoming freeware in the near future. This is what Opera has been needing so badly to gain further market share. Market share which would give their mobile browser much better brand recognition, and hence make it an even greater source of income for Opera the company.

Is it just me, or are Browser Wars II really starting to heat up?

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  1. xeen says:

    Well, if there won’t be properitary extensions (not the firefox ones, I mean document.all and stuff), to the weapons! Opera is also very concerend with standards support, so I don’t see any problem there. The bigger thing to worry about is probably Microsoft since they showed that they have no interest in an open and accessible web, and it is foolish to think they’ve completely changed now. If they’d gain again marketshare to 98% or something, they’d slow down the development or _real_ features and only bring up some shit like DRM that nobody really needs. I do not blame the IE team which’s probably “forced” to do something or loose their job, but somehow must decide on this. Because I don’t know who it was, I blame Microsoft.

  2. David Naylor says:

    > The bigger thing to worry about is probably Microsoft…Agreed. Although they seem to be making strives towards openness and communication (I’m primarily thinking of the IEBlog), only time will tell if they really believe in those values.

  3. xeen says:

    In my opinion the IE team (at IEBlog) would be pleased if they could spend enough time to get all really needed features in. However, I think they’re only “allowed” to include the main things to make the developers shut the fuck up. There’re too much of them to just ignore them, so they were forced to include newer CSS properties and fix old bugs. It’s obvious that the primary goal is just to create a new browser or version to make the people think MS still cares about them. That’s why the Beta 1 had only things implemented that can be seen by ordinary people.I don’t think that a developer is “evil” when it comes to developing. It’s probably more about the set goals like market share and release date either by their bosses or by themselves in a small company.So, hopefully Opera and Firefox and all other alternatives continue to spread _standards_ and new features so that Microsoft is in a competetion all the time and therefore forced to develop IE. And maybe MS comes even up with own inventions rather than implementing “features” that are not features anymore on other browsers.

  4. David Naylor says:

    Yes, I think you’re right about the devs wanting to fix as much as possible. However, I think the main reason they can’t is the limited time-frame. That, in turn, is of course due to bad/evil management from higher up in the company. The management that decided to stop all feature development of IE6 and who now have set a far too early release date for IE7. I’m just hoping for a swift release of IE8 to follow, with some real CSS improvements.