Just before Opera 10.50 Final release, BetaNews has published an article called “Is Opera 10.5 ready for the March 1 ‘choice screen?’” which provides some great points (thanks to nobody for link).
Well, why not give it a try? After using Opera for about a week (~12 hours/day), I come up to the following conclusion: it was rushed, yet again.
One of the things I adore about Opera Software are their innovations. However, when it comes to releasing Final builds (major release), it’s usually the same story.
Over the past week, browser was constantly crashing on specific sites, or just randomly, for instance, when watching videos from blip.tv, etc.. Ironically, it was stable today.
I don’t even know, on how many RC (release candidate) builds there have been. More = better? Not really, when you release 2 RC builds on the same day. Push, push, push…
However, the number one thing which annoys me is: they rushed it due to ballot screen. What’s the issue there? Imagine novice PC user downloading Opera (by randomly selecting it) and experiencing all those crashes. Do you call that a good experience? No.
Yes, IE is bad, but at least it works.
Why Opera struggles with the market share (please note: it still grows)? New user downloads browser, tries it, experiences crashes and switches to its competitor, leaving behind bad Opera memories, browser, he/she won’t be trying for a long time to come. Unless it was x.0.1 release.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Opera, but their “push, push, push” strategy in incredibly ridiculous. Instead of focusing on experience, they focus on a stupid timeline.
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Vygantas is a former web designer whose projects are used by companies such as AMD, NVIDIA and departed Westood Studios. Being passionate about software, Vygantas began his journalism career back in 2007 when he founded FavBrowser.com. Having said that, he is also an adrenaline junkie who enjoys good books, fitness activities and Forex trading.