Google Dressing Up For Opera

19 thoughts on “Google Dressing Up For Opera”

  1. Given that Google employ several key members of the Firefox team (as well as the lead Camino developer) – I would have to assume this is a mobile-specific play – which is a smart move, as they lag there.

    That said, I wonder about the fate of Minimo, Mozilla’s mobile browser…I thought Google and Nokia were the key forces behind that one…interesting times, no matter what. 😉

  2. I think this rumour was started by an Yahoo Europe main honcho. Even if for a second, we agree that Google may indeed acquire Opera (maybe, for its excellent Mobile browser), what about its support for Firefox? Remember, there was talk in January 2005, about Google launching a browser. A tough cookie indeed.

  3. Not far-fetched at all…I don’t think.

    Imagine, if Google creates a web-based (browser) OS which is bootable on any machine/terminal/kiosk using USB. All that is needed is TCP/IP. It boots into a browswer platform for internet access and you can use web-based programs like Google Office/Google Base for creating documents and storing personal (or public) files. No need to have desktop resources…the USB holds all system config files to load into your profile and then all computing is done through Google browser, like you are using a normal computer with no TCP/IP connection.

    The terminals/kiosk are found everywhere like ATM machines, using wireless access (Google Wi-fi).

    I can see it happening. The day the MS desktop OS goes to a browser (web-based) OS. And I say this, while being a big FAN of Microsoft. I’m sure MS is possibly headed in the same direction. — Windows Live.

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  5. The deal makes no sense at all if one considers desktop browsers, but Google are way behind in the mobile game, and Opera’s mobile browsers and their mobile Ajax environment are leading edge stuff and would certainly enhance Google’s steps towards mobility.

    Opera’s browser doesn’t come on all the Nokia Nseries handsets, only on the very first ones (N70, N90), the newer and more interesting devices will have the new WebCore based browser – http://s60.com/browser – as the default browser.

  6. opera is great as a browser….its so lite on my system..firefox crashes a lot these days..

    firefox is better than IE but not better than opera

    i am a opera fan for a longtime.

    google should buy opera and it will rule the world of browsers

  7. Opera is a pretty cool browser. When I compare it to Firefox and Internet Explorer, it seems more responsive and feels ‘light-weight’. There is a time when you upload files that the CPU usage goes up insanely but that’s pretty much uncommon for me as I don’t send out too many attachments or upload files… the most I do is fill-in text forms by typing into them.

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