Opera’s Triple Triumph at the About.com Reader’s Choice Awards

What a thriller!

After a lengthy voting period and more than 20000 votes in the most active category, the results from the About.com 2010 Web Browser Reader's Choice Awards are finally in. It was a tight race at times, but a clear winner emerged in the end:

Opera

Not only did Opera grab the first spot in the Best Major Desktop Browser category, with 51% of the votes (and Firefox in second place with a healthy 41%), but we completely dominated the Best Mobile Browser category, where Opera Mini and Opera Mobile share came in first and second, with 37% and 28% of the votes respectively.

All three Opera browsers in the browser polls ended up in the top spots!

I should perhaps add that a poll like this is of course completely unscientific, but it could show the relative strength of the different browser communities to a certain extent. How great is it that "little Opera" was able to rally the community behind it like this?

The credit for this goes to all you Opera fans out there, whose votes brought Opera to the top. As a little "thank you", I can perhaps reveal that we have some big things coming your way for both Desktop, Mini and Mobile this year. Stay tuned for more!

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28 thoughts on “Opera’s Triple Triumph at the About.com Reader’s Choice Awards

  1. Wow congratulations for all!Now you could be a little bit more specific when those big things are coming. We now that there will be new versions, but we want to know just when.

  2. @ Haavard – Link above does not open.@ Folks – It was possible to cheat in that poll by voting once per each session. However, we can still claim that Opera's supporters where more active, and thus showed how wonderful Opera browsers are. In case of Opera Mini, it really is superior because it runs on so many devices and offers GUI in so many languages. And in general the Opera's business model, which rely on MyOpera and testing with customers, proved that also other Opera browsers are popular when it comes to quality.

  3. Haavard, that wouldn't be by any chance … Opera 10.5 for Desktop, Opera Mobile 10 and Opera Mini 5, right? LOL. 🙂

  4. Congrats to Opera users.Btw, you revealed absolutely nothing, since as Opera users we always know that big things are coming in the future. After all Opera = Innovation.Hopefully, big things in desktop= an API of some sorts.

  5. Originally posted by yihtang0711:

    Oops! this link seems to reveal another Opera 10.5 bug (note: it works well in Chrome)

    It works fine in both 10.10 and 10.50, as far as I can tell.

  6. Originally posted by yihtang0711:

    Oops! this link seems to reveal another Opera 10.5 bug (note: it works well in Chrome)

    It does not work at all, if you don't have Spotify

  7. Great to hear opera won :DOriginally posted by Haavard:

    , I can perhaps reveal that we have some big things coming your way for both Desktop, Mini and Mobile this year

    full redesign (especially of the preferences screen, I really like the design from http://my.opera.com/community/forums/findpost.pl?id=3079329) and link syncs rss feeds (and folders/tabs) with opera portal and opera mini? :pOriginally posted by haavard:

    http://open.spotify.com/track/0vCgRUyBLwq2SVZyEae7QK

    Doesn't work for me. What is it supposed to do?

  8. Originally posted by Indyan:

    Won't work for folks without Spotify (i.e. almost all non European folks).

    Most of Europe does not have it either.

  9. Please, say ve-e-e-e-ery big thanks to Russian Community ;)So, at Feb. 24 (the one day to the end of voting) Firefox had the 1 rank:Feb.24, 12:35Firefox 3.5/3.6 (9355) 47% Opera 10.x (8761) 44%But after a few reminds at the Russian blogs and forums the situation was dramatically changed:Feb.25, 04:17Firefox 3.5/3.6 (10664) 41% Opera 10.x (13040) 50%Of course, other communities made a good contribution too, so – thanks to all!

  10. Oh, poor Firefox. Well, Opera's claimed active desktop users are 1/3 Firefox's claimed active users. Then again, people who've never even USED Fennec voted for it.So Haavard, are the devs pleased with "only" two thirds of the mobile vote? 🙂

  11. Hello! I just Upgraded my Opera 10.10 to 10.50 final and it is totally unusable.First of all it duplicated controls in status bar – http://hexmode.org/o1050/01.pngAnd since that status bar text moves the buttons and the whole this jumps from left to right while moving mouse there – http://hexmode.org/o1050/02.pngThe worst thing is that all dialogs are without texts – http://hexmode.org/o1050/03.png http://hexmode.org/o1050/04.pngI will now install from scratch because I need to work. But if you need something like configs before install and what happened after, then I have two PCs at home which I will upgrade this evening. So if you need that stuff – just say it 🙂 I'll try to do more testing at home and report more bugs if found, but I don't have time now.Sorry for writing here, but opera.com is overloaded, I can not get to Report Bug section.

  12. Originally posted by Aux:

    Hello! I just Upgraded my Opera 10.10 to 10.50 final and it is totally unusable.

    It's not necessary to read the your full message after these words ;)Opera 10.50 have a lot of big changes, in this case the most comfortable variant – to make a clear installation of the newest Opera version.

  13. Originally posted by IlyaShpankov:

    Opera 10.50 have a lot of big changes

    Xp to Vista had much more changes, yet migration was less painful (: No, I'm pretty comfortable, but most people will find that disappointing – they don't know how to back up wand.dat, shortcuts, etc.I think it would be nice to have a separate migration tool, probably as a part of Opera Link. Well, I would like to see every option moved there. Except for Wand, of course.

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