Category: Opera Software
Or Opera Software in the partnership with Sony? Sony Electronics made a deal with Opera Software and chose to use Opera browser for their new BRAVIA Internet Video Link. With this BRAVIA Internet Video Link (currently available in the USA only) you can watch internet video from various providers and as Sony says itself: “It’s like extra channels for your new HDTV.”
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Good afternoon everyone. Few months ago I’ve started to monitor web browsers market share growth. Today I am thinking about something new again.
Oh yes, we all love graphs and various numbers (I love them). So since we are monitoring browsers market share already, what else can we monitor? Finances.
Opera Software today released their “Second Quarter 2007 Report” which includes some very interesting information. Here are some pictures (had to modify them a bit to make them fit in this blog).
As you can see Opera Software managed to increase almost everything (expect stock options costs), from revenues to employees.
Here are some more interesting information:
Soon to hit one billion per month. Congratulations to Opera Mini team.
Opera Software also provided their goals in 2007. Here are they:
Note: This does NOT constitute financial guidance.
Do you think they can complete all of them?
The only thing which made me wonder a bit was their “Working with global leaders” page.
Don’t you miss anything?
I went to their partners page and haven’t found “Yahoo!” there as well. Aren’t they in some kind of partnership? Have they just forgot to add this web giant?
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The Register recently published an interview with Jon von Tetzchner and there are some very interesting questions and answers as well.
Andrew Brown, a big fan of Opera, wrote that he chose to move to FireFox because it was more compatible with new websites, partly citing Flickr compatibility. Do you feel you’re falling behind?
It’s a chicken and egg situation, which means we need to get more users.
I don’t want to agree with that. It’s not all about users. Of course, big market share helps a lot but let’s see the following situation:
Let’s say 1000 potential users decides to download Opera and surf their favorite sites, some of them found them incompatible with Opera. What they do? They are switching back. So you get more users for a week or so but then lose some of them due incompatibility with their favorite sites. Of course, market share still grows, but very slowly. As posted in 2007 July Browsers Market Share Results, Opera lost 0.02% of their market share that time. I tend to believe that decrease was not due the fact that users didn’t like Opera’s interface or features, but due incompatibility.
Opera can’t grow so fast due incompatibility with some sites.
Incompatible sites are incompatible due low Opera’s market share.
If Opera would get 20% of the market share in one night, this would help for sure. But that won’t happen.
So it’s up to Opera Software.
Another interesting answer was:
We just try to focus on our side. We’ve always focused on a somewhat richer interface. We’ve had a lot of negative comments ourselves over the years; for example, when we introduced tabbed browsing a lot of people said it doesn’t make sense. We’ve introduced things like zooming, mouse gestures and the like – and we find they find their way into other browsers; tabs found their way into IE7. We are being copied, but we would like to focus on features and giving users a good experience.
It’s fantastic that Opera is being copied, that means they are doing very good job in providing users best web experience, but how long can it happen? How long can you brainstorm and add new features without seeing rapid Opera’s market share growth while competitors with those new features becoming stronger (more popular). Why It’s Not Enough To Have All The Greatest Features?
Opera Software is openning an office with around 10 employees in Sillicon Valley which should help them to expand business and manage the partnership in the US, as there are many big companies located in Silicon Valley, for example: Google and Yahoo.
This move should also help them to get more attention in the US among the web users and promote Opera web browser more aggressively.
Check their job listings if you are interested.
If you haven’t seen this video yet, be sure to do that.
Maybe that could mean war, here’s a Steve Jobs quote about iPhone:
“it is the full Internet in your pocket for the first time.”Of course, Opera wasn’t happy about that, as their Opera Mobile already do that. So they “complained” a bit, later that day Steve Jobs responded (quote):
“I apologize. I should have been more specific. Our products will be the first to allow normal, non-loser people to do these things.”Also, according to Apple, Safari 3 for Windows is much faster than Opera or Firefox. Of course, this seemed to be not so true.Well… I think that Opera is no longer a “quiet” browser. They’ve responded with a funny video about Opera Mini and iPhone. They are trying to get as many attention as possible now instead of just spreading word via it’s community. I am glad that they’ve changed the way in which they promote products. I am also almosut sure, that Apple will create something similar to this against Opera too. Maybe that means war. We will see in the future. As for now I am really happy with things they are doing now. They want attention in any price.
See Mom, we’re not a small company and we came to beat our competitors. So stop ignoring our browser, as we are here now.
Confused already? You won’t be after reading this article.
Opera Software vice president Tatsuki Tomita confirmed rumors, that they are developing Adobe Flash replacemement for Opera Mini and Mobile versions.
Why they are doing that? As you know, performance is really important
in the mobile phones, however, current flash technology seems using too much CPU and memory resources which slows down mobile phones and make their battery last less.
It’s not officially known yet if this new replacement will be able to play Flash too. Waiting for more news in the future.
As for now, I’d like to congratulate Opera team for such a decision.