Category: Opera

Microsoft Caves to EU Pressure, Will Offer Browser Ballot

By | July 24, 2009 | 9 Comments

Ars Technica writes:

Microsoft has decided that the last thing it needs in this economy is some combination of the following: fines, legal bills, and a delay of Windows 7. It has offered to adopt the European Union’s preferred solution for bowser competition: a browser selector screen at startup.

Although Intel may have been hit with a bigger fine, the multi-year saga of Microsoft’s fight with the European Union’s Competition Commission may have run up larger legal bills, given its longevity. The most recent point of contention between Redmond and Europe has been the browser; Microsoft bundles its own with its operating systems, but the EU views that as using monopoly power to the detriment of potential competitors.

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Internet Explorer Developer Tools vs. Firefox Firebug vs. Safari Web Inspector vs. Opera Dragonfly

By | July 23, 2009 | 9 Comments

The time has come to compare most popular web browsers developer tools: Internet Explorer 8 Developer Tools, Firefox Firebug (1.4), Safari Web Inspector (r46183) which is similar to Google Chrome Developer Tools and Opera Dragonfly (Alpha 3).

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Those are default installed web browsers/extensions with no settings changed. This is a mini comparison which focuses on elements inspection, source modification and overall usage rather than advanced tools. If you find yourself using features such as script debugging, elements loading speed, etc. this review might not be very helpful.
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Opera: Add/Create “Read RSS Feed” Shortcut

By | July 21, 2009 | 1 Comment

Opera: Add Read RSS Feed ShortcutIf you are like me and were not able to find “Read RSS” action when managed Opera shortcuts, then Tamil from my.opera.com will help you out.

Here’s what you have to do:
Open Preferences > Shortcuts
Select your keyboard setup and click Edit
Expand “Application” list and click “New”
Chose keyboard combination (I am using CTRL+R) and type the following in the action fields: Read mail, “rss”

Yes, with comma and quotes.

Thanks to Tamil for pointing this out in forums.

Weekly Browsers Recap, July 20th

By | July 20, 2009 | 1 Comment

Weekly Browsers Recap, June 20th

Thanks to Daniel Hendrycks, mabdul and Nox for links.

Chrome 3 Performance: Windows XP vs. Windows 7

By | July 19, 2009 | 6 Comments

BetaNews has recently made an interesting discovery (Is Google optimizing Chrome 3 for Windows XP netbooks?). As you might guess from the title, they suspect that Google is optimizing Chrome 3 for Windows XP and not for Windows 7.

Using the most recent v3 release (3.0.193.1), they have published quite strange results. Turns out, XP has gained more than half a point over 3.0.192.1 while same build in Windows 7 RC received a performance loss.

Windows 7 vs XP Chrome
Higher is better

For some more details and reasons behind that, you might want to check the original article.

Thanks to Help for sending this.

Opera Slams Microsoft’s Windows 7 E Move – Again

By | July 17, 2009 | 61 Comments

The Register writes:

Microsoft is continuing to insist it has gone to great lengths in recent months to appease European antitrust watchdogs by saying it will “respect the user choice of the default browser” in Windows.

However, rival browser maker Opera, which brought the original complaint about Microsoft tying its browser to its operating system to the European Commission in 2007, continues to proclaim the software giant hasn’t gone far enough yet.

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User Friendly Internet Explorer

By | July 16, 2009 | 6 Comments

Spending millions of dollars, Microsoft came up with a new version of Internet Explorer (not really):

Friendly IE
Picture Source: DeadDog

Thanks to mabdul for sending this.

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Opera UI: from 1.0 to 9.5

By | July 16, 2009 | 6 Comments

Opera 3

If you ever wanted to see how Opera browser user interface has evolved, then head over to the following page and check it out.

Zoquete has made a screenshot gallery which includes the following Opera versions:

Opera 1, Opera 3.0, Opera 3.62, Opera 4.02
Opera 5.12, Opera 6.06, Opera 7.0, Opera 7.54
Opera 8.0, Opera 8.54, Opera 9.27, Opera 9.5

Opera 10 Beta 2 Released

By | July 16, 2009 | 9 Comments

Opera 10 Beta 2 Released
As expected, today Opera Software has released the second beta of Opera 10 web browser. Unlike Beta 1, this version does not include any new major features and focuses on various improvements and polishing instead.

The good news: instead of releasing RC, they have decided to maintain the quality and include one more Beta release.
The bad news: Opera Unite service was removed from this release.

Download Opera 10 Beta 2
Changelog

Download Opera 10 Beta 2

By | July 15, 2009 | 8 Comments

Download Opera 10 Beta 2Although Opera 10 Beta 2 is set for a release later this week, you may download it already from Opera Software FTP servers.

Unfortunately, changelog is not yet available.

Windows version
Mac OS X version
Linux version (built for x86, x86-x64, ppc)
Solaris version (built for Intel and Sparc)
FreeBSD version (built for amd64 and Intel)

Thanks to Daniel Hendryck for this.