47 thoughts on “Google Made Opera Browser Free”

  1. This idea of paid carriage for the browser makers is nothing new. Back in 1996, when Netscape was dominant (ancient history), they charged Yahoo, Infoseek, Excite, Lycos, and Magellan $5M each for a rotation of the traffic off of their Search button. That was when these 5 search engines were doing 20M queries/day collectively, not the billions of page views Google does now. The only search engine with a material source of non-browser traffic then was Yahoo. Guess which one survived.

  2. What “digging” did you have to do in order to find out what was common knowledge? See Ars Technica, or the Boston Globe. It was no secret that they inked a deal with Google (and eBay, and Dealtime, etc).

  3. Err, Opera has had the Google search for ages! It actually “invented” the (Google) search field which is now standard in Firefox and IE7.

  4. I am not a bit surprised that opera released their web browser for free. Considering the popularity that firefox was gaining in the web community, it was only a matter of time that they took that decision.
    As far as browsing is concerned, I am only impressed by their in built email client.
    For the rest of the stuff, I will stick to firefox.


  5. You didn’t really need to hound the folks at Opera to find this out.It was out in the open for everyone to see.
    The exact breakdown of their revenues from the desktop market is as follows

    During the first half of 2005, 30% of Opera`s desktop
    revenue was generated by selling advertising displayed in the integrated ad banner, 25% by licensing sales and 45% by Google search and other affiliate partners.

    And a part from Google there are a few other sources also.Recently Opera has revised it’s contract with google.
    Read this http://www.pallab.frihost.net/blogs/index.php/2005/09/20/opera_is_free

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  9. Opera is a great browser and I boght every new version that came out but I dont think this new “freewere” will help it stay the best . I think they’ll invest as little time as possible into building it. Its going to be just like anything else “free”. New stuff over and old uder the rug where it cant be seen.

  10. Well, thats howit should work, smart move by Opera.

    I would love if google would buy opera and make it to fullt support all google services it does not support now.


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