A Week of Opera: Week 41, 2010

I'm going to have a hard time summing up week 41 and keeping it brief, but I'll try. …

The biggest thing that happened last week was, of course, Up North Web. We invited journalists to our Oslo HQ to let them catch a glimpse of the future of the web (and they also got to see a cool Opera ad at Oslo Airport). Long story short, we announced Opera 11 for desktop (with extensions), and a public (and free) version of Opera Mobile for Android with proper pinch zoom and hardware acceleration. Opera Mini will also get proper pinch zoom and hardware acceleration on platforms that support that, such as the iPhone.

This was in addition to our executives presenting Opera's vision of the future. It is a future where the web will continue to dominate, of course. And since we love open standards here at Opera, we proposed a standardization of browser extensions.

There were a few numbers thrown around as well. Opera now has more than 140 million active users across all browser products, which means that Opera's global market share is around 7%. Opera Mini alone had 71 million users in September.

And As the next major desktop version is now officially Opera 11, there will never be an Opera 10.70. We released the very last Opera 10.70 snapshot last week, as we prepared for a public alpha of Opera 11 (no ETA, I'm afraid, but we are not talking several weeks or months).

There was another 10.70 snapshot earlier last week as well, which added support for Web Sockets. The Core team also published an article on Server-Sent Events (EventSource) in the Core Concerns blog.

But the news just wouldn't stop flowing in. Not only did we announce major upgrades to current products, but we finally published the Opera Link API, which allows you to develop your own applications that make use of the synchronization service.

And after a long beta perdiod, Opera Portal finally went final, coinciding with a redesign.

On the deals from, we announced that TCL Communication in China will ship Opera Mini on multiple platforms.

Our CEO, Lars, delivered a presentation on Opera Software in general, as well as talking about Opera's success in Russia. (Background in Norwegian.)

I think I have covered the most important things that happened last week, so let me just wrap up with this nice and detailed performance test at BetaNews, which includes some rather flattering quotes about Opera:

An exhaustive battery of tests on the latest developers' snapshot of Opera Software's latest 10.7 reveals a browser better suited for running modern Web applications than even Google's fastest developers' build of Chrome.

Conceivably, Opera 10.7 could have achieved its performance gains by throttling up by 50%, doubling its memory allocation, and throwing on the afterburners. It didn't. Instead, its updated engine sipped CPU cycles at 79% peak utilization and just over 8% average utilization, which in real-world numbers means the new Opera never used more than 20% of a quad-core CPU to process more CSS instructions than it will likely ever need to process in a four-minute period.

Not bad, eh?


14 thoughts on “A Week of Opera: Week 41, 2010

  1. Originally posted by Haavard:

    no ETA, I'm afraid, but we are not talking several weeks or months

    so it means days, right?

  2. Certainly was a hell of a week. One thing I would like to know more about: is the new content-blocker synchronizer part of the open Link API? Because that would open up some great possibilities.

  3. Cutting spoon: no, not yet. Currently it only supports bookmarks, Speed Dial and notes, but we'll add more datatypes in the future, so stay tuned.

  4. Originally posted by haavard:

    (no ETA, I'm afraid, but we are not talking several weeks or months).

    Thank you; thank you; thank you! Not having any idea when was killing me. Opera 11 on 11/11/10 ? 😛

  5. Originally posted by DanielHendrycks:

    Thank you; thank you; thank you! Not having any idea when was killing me. Opera 11 on 11/11/10 ?

    That's several weeks from now, too late. 😥

  6. Many thanks for the crisp clarification. The 3 initial services will be put to good use in short order.

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