Last week was a pretty big week for Opera. …
After announcing it the week before, we released an alpha of Opera 11 for desktop with support for extensions. The purpose of this alpha was to get extensions into people's hands, so that they could start developing them as soon as possible. The alpha also came with our new installer, which will replace both MSI and the classic installer.
We also had a Reddit "IAmA" last week. A bunch of people at Opera took the time to answer some questions and respond to feedback from people who may not normally be using Opera. We also ran a pretty heavy ad campaign on the site. All in all, it seems to have been a great success, and as I mentioned in the blog post I wrote about this, some people can really learn from the way people at Reddit offer their feedback. Constructive and polite, yet honest and not beating around the bush.
I did notice a fair amount of questions about site compatibility, and while this is something all browser struggle with to a certain degree, it seems that browser sniffing in particular is getting to Opera. However, the issue is far more complex than that, as you can read about in the Sitepatching blog. In short, supporting too many things to be as compatible as possible can cause compatibility issues! So as you can see, this is a very complex issue, and those who think it's just a matter of "fixing it" really should take the time to read the Sitepatching blog some time.
In other news, we officially announced our membership in the Wholesale Application Community last week. WAC is an alliance between several of the world's biggest mobile operators, who are not going to sit idly around and watch Google and Apple rake in all the cash from mobile Apps. And it just so happens that they share Opera's vision of using open web standards to create applications.
As you may know, Opera announced Widgets back in 2006, and a lot of people didn't get it. By now it should start dawning on people just how important Widgets are to Opera, and how important they could be to the market as a whole. Using open web technologies to develop applications means that you can create cross-platforms applications faster, and with less cost. The mobile operators finally got the right idea. Having Opera join the alliance seems like a good match. We may have been slightly ahead of the rest of the market (as we have been with a number of things, such as browsing the full web on a mobile phone), but the market eventually catches up and understand what we've been doing all along.
Finally, we signed yet another operator agreement, this time with MTS India. India is definitely a growth market Opera wants to be part of.
Until next week, then…