eWeek has had a look at the past, present and future of browsers, and mentions, among other things, the innovative Firefox browser which has brought new things like tabbed browsing and better security (fewer security holes?) to the market.
What the article fails to mention is a ten year old browser which has had tabbed browsing and better security for many years. Even on the third page of the article, it fails to mention the #1 mobile browser, Opera.
While Microsoft is creating its own mobile version of Windows and Apple has licensed some of its browser technology to handset maker Nokia Corp., some experts believe that the challenge of creating an application that works on handheld devices will change the appearance, and potentially the market, for browser technologies.
This is what Opera realized years ago, and that is why Opera has in fact been available for mobile phones for a few years already. Indeed, we solved the problem with fitting normal Web pages onto the small screen of a mobile phone, as well as a number of other things that prevented people from browsing the Web from their mobiles.
More recently, Opera has also become a mobile development platform, which is interesting considering the following paragraph from the article:
"But one of the very cool things that Flash and Macromedia's Flex platform can do is build interactive applications that are distinctly non-Web-like, but that you can adapt easily to the size of the screen that you have."
With Opera, you get a development platform based on well known open standards. You can give it a try yourself by signing up for the Opera Platform community group.
I guess this shows how important it is to get the word about Opera out there so that we keep it fresh in the memory of journalists, and also other people. We're going to step up our marketing, and I hope that all Opera users out there will contribute by spreading the word about Opera as often as possible!