The Top 3
Overall, it seems that the top 3 problems people are having are (in no particular order):
- Site compatibility (Google sites were mentioned particularly frequently)
- Performance (such as slowdown with a lot of tabs, and slow scrolling on some pages)
- Stability (freezes and crashes)
Site compatibility in particular was obvious. It is one of the things that's taking a lot of resources on our part, and even though Presto was designed from the ground up to be compatible and handle badly coded sites (including supporting non-standard extensions like Internet Explorer's document.all), browser sniffing in particular is proving to be a headache in addition to bugs, missing features and other things that cause compatibility issues.
If we dig a little bit deeper into the comments, Opera Link was mentioned a number of times. There were also various smaller/more limited user interface issues and requests.
Another fairly common theme was things related to Opera Mail.
Several people also wanted more powerful extensions (the new extension APIs in 12.10 should please them).
Memory usage was also mentioned a few times, but this could be considered to be a performance related issue.
Maintenance of existing features seemed like a relatively common theme, and a handful of smaller features from other browsers were mentioned as well.
If I am to summarize all of this, there are a few common themes that can be placed into one of the top 3 categories of issues. Beyond that, people have somewhat differing priorities. And while some have fairly general remarks about areas they would like to see improved, others have rather specific and detailed requests.
Now, can we come to an overall conclusion based on this?
I think the main conclusion from my point of view is that the overall themes of the feedback are things we are already aware of, and actively working on. One might say that the feedback confirms many of the things we already know.
That is not to say that it was not a useful round of feedback. Feedback which supports existing conclusions is also useful because it shows that the current view of the situation is correct.
TL;DR, and now what?
The TL;DR is that site compatibility, stability and performance (in no particular order) were the main themes, and the overall impression is that the feedback confirms what we already know.
What happens next is that we're going to keep working on improvements across the board. We do have some specific plans to improve things even further, but the details on that will have to wait for a future blog post. Keep an eye on the desktop team blog for the latest developments.