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Today is a good day for all the Opera users as Norwegian browser maker has just announced the availability of the Opera 12 Final.
If you haven’t tried the beta version yet, there are a lot of things to be excited about. Following other web browsers, Opera 12 now includes a support for the out-of-process plug-ins, full hardware acceleration (disabled by default) and themes that are similar to those of Firefox (aka Personas).
After reaching the 50% market share mark, Internet Explorer reverted some of its gains and is back to 49.87%, 0.13 point decrease.
Only few more points remain as Google Chrome slowly climbs towards the 20% mark, up from 17.41% to 18.05%, 0.64 point increase.
Something from the past.
Back in 2011, Jon S. von Tetzchner, the founder of Opera Software has left the company. Although not a lot of details were revealed, Jon stated that he, the Board and Management no longer shared the same values.
Forget all those rumors for a while, here is something definitive: a release of the Opera Mini 7.
Targeted towards the J2ME, BlackBerry and S60 device users, the following build introduces two new features, a new “Smart Page” with social integration as well as support for unlimited speed dials, which is something Internet junkies will appreciate.
Those are not the only changes though.
When it comes to the search engine agreements, web browser makers tend to extend their partnerships for at least a year or two. For instance, back in 2011, Opera Software has renewed their deal with Google for another year while Mozilla has recently signed a 3 year old contract.
Why are we telling you all this? Well, we have just received a letter from Opera’s Investor Relations group and it’s quite an interesting one.
More fuel to the rumor’s fire.
It looks like Facebook management decided not to bother with the Google Chrome anymore as their latest “unsupported web browsers” page has since then removed the search giant’s web browser.
Or how IE9 renders the poorly written code.
Here is an interesting observation for you. Today, guys behind the Norwegian web browser have released a new Beta build, which features various improvements and bug fixes.
However, the site appears to be broken when using previous snapshot (Build 1433) and even current one.
With all the speculations floating around, you might be wondering that it doesn’t make much sense for the Facebook to buy Opera Software, however, this is not exactly the case.
According to the recent rumors, the social networking giant is working on a Facebook Phone (FacePhone, if you will), which, as you might guess, requires a decent web browser and this is exactly where Opera shines.
Oh boy, here we go…
Well, here is something to get you going. According to the latest rumor from TNW, Opera Software is looking for a potential buyer, ranging from Yandex, Google (we don’t see the deal being approved by the EU) and most importantly, Facebook.
Having already acquired Instagram for a cool $1 billion, Facebook’s next target might indeed be Opera, which, depending on its future plans (dumbing down + social integration), will upset a lot of Opera’s loyal users.
RC on the way.
Good news everyone, the latest build of the Opera 12 (Beta) web browser includes a partial fix for the position:fixed bug, which bothered people for quite some time.
What do we mean by a “partial fix”? Well, they made some adjustments and optimizations to improve the overall user experience. However, you might still notice scrolling issues on some of the web sites, such as Facebook or TheVerge. Still, it’s a great start and we are eager to see further enhancements.