Category: Opera

Opera Mini 4 Beta 2 Released

By | August 30, 2007 | 0 Comments

Opera Mini 4 Beta 2Good news everyone. Opera Mini team are happy to announce that Opera Mini 4 Beta 2 was just released. You may download it now from Opera Mini home page. This build introduces various bug fixes as well as new features. So let’s start from the beginning and see this, Beta 2 release changelog from Opera Mini Blog.

  • Added encryption
  • Added multi search, with shortcut: ‘#’+’9′
  • Added Create search from form field
  • Added Landscape mode, shortcut: ‘*’+’#’
  • Added support for small anti-aliased bitmap fonts
  • Added content folding
  • Simplified setup process
  • Improved image quality
  • Improved fit to width mode rendering
  • Simplified settings page
  • Added native blackberry menu
  • Allow Blackberries to accept the EULA via the menu
  • Fixed decoding of images that were skipped when partially above the window
  • Added clock adjustment setting
  • Changing the font size via settings now clears the document cache
  • Now saves full screen mode between sessions
  • Dialogs are now displayed with round corners and alpha channel overlay windows
  • Secure connections
  • Delayed randomess gathering for secure connections until first real page request
  • If you want more detailed changelog, be sure to check Daniel’s changelog post.

    I will get back to Oper Mini 4 Beta 2 review as soon as I will test it.

    Opera Mini 4 Features List.

    Download now.

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    Waiting For The Opera Mini 4 Beta 2

    By | August 30, 2007 | 5 Comments

    I guess everyone is refreshing my.opera.com web page every few minutes…

    Error

    And one more…

    Error 2

    This is my favorite one.

    Error 3 Opera

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    Waiting.

    Sony In The Partnership With Opera Software

    By | August 30, 2007 | 0 Comments

    BusinessOr 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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    Opera 9.5, Next Tuesday

    By | August 29, 2007 | 0 Comments

    Opera 9.5Opera 9.5 codename Kestrel Alpha will be released very soon. Actually Opera Desktop Team set to release it next Tuesday. Patience is a virtue. Let’s wait. Opera 9.5 will be a present to Jon S. von Tetzchner (Opera’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO)), he is celebrating his 40 years old birthday today. We, FavBrowser.com community wish you all the best. Happy Birthday!

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    Opera Mini 4 Beta 2 – Tomorrow

    By | August 29, 2007 | 1 Comment

    Opera Mini 4 Beta 2So here you go, Opera Mini team tomorrow will be releasing Opera Mini 4 Beta 2. Developers promised new features, and as they say, some of them were added by Opera Mini users requests while other ones are completely new. As you know they haven’t just used Opera Mini 3 core, they rewrote it (bugs, bugs, bugs), this Opera Mini 4 Beta 2 also should be much faster as well.

    New features? RSS Feeds (not confirmed). I think this one will be added. Why it wasn’t added in the first Opera Mini 4 Beta then? It wasn’t finished.
    Opera Mini team also wrote that more than a few Opera Mini 3 features like secure connections and content folding wasn’t added in the first Beta release, but *some* of those features will be in the Beta 2.

    One more thing: This is not the last beta. We will have Opera Mini 4 Beta 3 as well. I respect this decision, we want to have stable and finished releases, even if that requires Beta 3 or even Beta 4.

    Download Opera Mini 4 Beta 1.

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    Web Browsers Finances – Opera Software 2007 Q2 Results

    By | August 27, 2007 | 9 Comments

    OperaGood 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).

    Opera Software 2007 Q2

    Opera Software 2007 Q2 Results

    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:

    Opera Mini 2007 Q2

    Soon to hit one billion per month. Congratulations to Opera Mini team.

    Opera Software also provided their goals in 2007. Here are they:

    Opera Software 2007 Q2
    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.

    Opera Software 2007 Quarter 2 Results

    Don’t you miss anything?

    Yahoo

    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?

    Second Quarter 2007 Report.

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    Opera 9.5 – More Details Revealed

    By | August 26, 2007 | 3 Comments

    OperaThere was some (one?) complain(s) in the “No Opera 9.5 or Opera Mini 4 Beta 2 or Final Today” post that Opera team haven’t posted anything in THEIR blog. So here you go, they did it on Saturday evening.

    Whole post tells about Opera 9.5 developing, there are still many issues which needs to be fixed before releasing first public build and as Junyor (Tim Altman) said: “We have strict quality standards that have not yet been met”. That explains everything.

    New Features

    Opera always hides most important features which will be available in their next browser release, whether it’s Opera for desktop, Opera for mobile phone or any other one. I really like that. It makes you excite about something what you don’t know and when only a day or two are being left before release, they start to tease you even more. Thank you for that.

    OK, new features/fixes. So not many was revealed, but here are the few:

    An ability to manually update newsfeeds, just press F5 and you are done (I hope they will add some kind of button in the interface too).
    Remember when you’ve clicked View > Encoding menu and it didn’t do anything for messages? Fixed.

    That’s all. Let’s wait.

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    No Opera 9.5 or Opera Mini 4 Beta 2 or Final Today

    By | August 24, 2007 | 22 Comments

    OperaI was just thinking to write about that and noticed that Junyor from Opera already said: “No weekly of Kestrel today.”.

    There is one reason for that (which now I understand). Opera Mini 4 Beta wasn’t released on Friday as it’s bad day for such releases. So we will get new build on Tuesday or Wednesday (no idea which week) as Opera wants to get as many attention as possible and Friday is not good for that. Don’t expect Opera 9.5 or Opera Mini 4 Beta 2 or Final today.

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    About Opera Marketing

    By | August 22, 2007 | 0 Comments

    Not so long time ago there was a plenty of discussions regarding Opera’s marketing strategy, some said it’s good while most of the people disagreed with that.

    Daniel Goldman wrote a very interesting article about Opera’s marketing which you should read.

    Here’s a list of “to do/done” things regarding Opera marketing.

    We are reviving our developer outreach efforts. It’s very important for us to have web developers be aware of and test their sites in Opera. We recently hired a developer/writer to run our developer site, dev.opera.com, where you’ll see lots of good stuff in the coming months.

    With the Desktop Team blog, we have made the development process of the desktop browser more open to our fans and followers. This is by far the most popular blog we host on the My Opera Community site. This blog is one of the important places where we converse with you, our users.

    For the launch of Opera Mini 4 beta we produced an ‘Opera Mini vs. iPhone’ video — it was extremely popular in the blogosphere and on video sharing sites.

    We are producing more fun and informative videos to be released with the Opera 9.5 and Opera Mini 4 (final) launches.

    We send many of our developers, executives and others to speak at and attend industry-related conferences and events (worldwide). The audiences attending these events usually include developers, business contacts, and everyday internet users.

    We organize large Opera-user get-togethers, which we call ‘Opera Backstage’ events. These Opera Backstages have already taken place in numerous countries, with more of these events planned. In addition to the marketing team, these events are attended by our executives and developers. These events are typically attended by anywhere from 100-500 people.

    As I mentioned above, news stories about Opera in the press don’t usually happen by themselves. We have an entire PR department working on getting as much publicity for Opera in the press as possible, in multiple languages.

    We’re currently working on a new affiliate program, where our users get credit (and tangible rewards) for encouraging others to download Opera.

    Opera’s homepages, both www.opera.com and www.operamini.com are redesigned with each major release of a new browser version. This keeps those sites from becoming stale.

    Our marketing and IS departments are currently working on a major redesign of our website.

    The website’s design, usability and content are crucial in our efforts to increase Opera’s market share. After people read or hear about Opera, the site is what often convinces them to download and use Opera.

    We run ads on various tech websites and blogs to promote the desktop browser, Opera Mini and the Wii browser.

    We have (and continue to pursue) major distribution deals with ISPs and web portals to distribute the desktop browser and Opera Mini. Examples include T-Online, Clix and Onet.
    Opera sponsors many events and conferences, which gets our name and brand out to conference-goers.

    We also have booths at many events and conferences, where we demo and talk to people about our browsers.

    We run the My Opera community site, which has close to 1 million registered members. When potential Opera users consider downloading Opera, and notice our strong community of users, I’m sure this helps a bit in their decision to download and use Opera.

    We recognize that our users are very talented, and many of them want to help spread and promote Opera. To help those users, we have set up the Choose Opera group where Opera users can plan, execute, and show off group and individual projects that build awareness of their favorite browser*. (*Opera).

    We want everyone, not just English-speaking users, to have the opportunity to find information about and download Opera. To support that, we’ve developed localized versions of our website. For example, see ru.opera.com, cn.opera.com, pl.opera.com, and jp.opera.com
    Our developers, engineers and QA people often join in on conversations with Opera users in the official Opera Forums, Opera’s IRC channel and on blogs around the Web. This helps make the culture of Opera more open and accessible.

    To encourage people to learn more about Opera, we solicit questions from our users to be used in interviews that we publish with Opera executives, developers and others.
    We give out promo merchandise to our users and supporters that include: Opera t-shirts, pens, pins, phone straps, stickers, etc.

    We do outreach on many social networking sites. We are active on sites such as Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, and Flickr.

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    An Interview With Opera’s CEO, Jon von Tetzchner

    By | August 20, 2007 | 4 Comments

    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.
    Paradox?

    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?

    Read an interview.