Category: Opera Software
First it was Chrome, then Firefox. Now, it looks like Opera too has decided to update their logo and boy does it look familiar.
Considering that Opera 15 is a fresh start for the company, we’d prefer something fresh yet recognizable. Maybe something like these:
Takes one week to notify its users.
Now here is something that is not pleasant for any company or its product(s) users. Opera Software has just informed everyone about a network breach (that was uncovered on June 19th), which has grave consequences for those that were affected.
According to the blog post, attackers have stolen the Opera code signing certificate and used it to sign and distribute some malware distinguished as Opera browser.
I must admit, after trying the first public preview of Opera 15, I was pretty underwhelmed. It felt like a Google Chrome clone with Opera logo on top of it, but then it got me thinking… Is there more to it?
With the release of Opera 15, Norwegian browser maker has decided to completely reboot the project. Some could argue that its years too late but slow progress is better than no progress, right?
So why do it at all? Let’s face it, Opera was (almost) always bad at rendering web pages. You can blame user agent sniffing, developers or your mom but that won’t fix the issue. We’ve been playing the blame game for how many years now? And that’s excluding awful scrolling performance, buggy WebGL implementation, broken out of process plugins and so on.
The foundation is old, rendering engine is a trainwreck and the whole Opera architecture currently looks like this:
Offers the other side of the coin.
Yesterday, Opera revealed that they are suing one of its ex-employees, Trond Werner Hansen, who allegedly leaked trade secrets to Mozilla. Now, the man himself has decided to provide further details and explain the reason behind the case.
According to Hansen, after leaving Opera in 2006 he had an idea about developing a striped down version of a web browser, which would not only be an open source project but also have a unified search and address field as well as provide contributions to a green cause. As it turns out, Google had a similar idea too as they released Chrome few years later.
It looks like the browser ballot saga has yet to end as according to the latest report by Financial Times, Opera and Google are the companies that “informally provided the tip-off”, leading to the €561 million fine.
Following yesterday’s EU statement, Opera said that it was “happy to see that the Commission is enforcing compliance with the commitment, which is critical to ensuring a genuine choice among web browsers for consumers.” While Google refused to comment on the rulling.
Acquisition rumors reemerge
With not so recent rumors about the upcoming Opera acquisition by Facebook (or possibly other companies), Opera Software has just announced that they will be spinning off their ad business into a separate entity: Opera Mediaworks, which, according to them, is now the largest mobile advertising network in the world.
However, while the spinoff itself is not exactly news worthy, ZDNet notes that Opera Software is now a much easier sell because a third party company can acquire its browser business without touching mobile advertising unit or vice versa.
Veterans say that “Opera hasn’t been the same since founder Jon S von Tetzchner left”.
So I guess this is it? After almost 20 years, Opera is moving away from their in-house rendering engine. And just to confirm what was already a well-known fact, Norwegian browser maker has begun firing core employees, including veterans like Yngve Pettersen, André Shultz and Lasse Magnussen.