The Opera web browser has been around for years. Available for Windows users in 1995, it’s seen the slaughter of Netscape at the hands of Internet Explorer in the first browser war. Opera was just a bystander then and, I suppose, continues to remain so as the world’s popular web browsers clash once again. This time the war is between Firefox and Internet Explorer with Chrome also chipping in.
Thus, the usage graph of Opera is not very “exciting”, though it’s had ups and downs. But that hasn’t stopped the company from unveiling great features (tabbed browsing was just one of the many firsts from Opera) and making their browser the fastest in the world.
Opera commands a little more than 2% of the market share as per both NetMarketShare and StatCounter. This isn’t great. Why? Google’s Chrome over took Opera in less than a year. In fact, based on the numbers of this web site, in the first month of its launch more people were using Chrome than Opera!
However, Opera users are fanatically loyal and they consider it the best web browser. Additionally, Opera has a built-in email program which integrates well with their online service.
Though Opera mini is one of the most popular mobile web browsers its usage numbers haven’t been taken into account when creating graphs for this page.
Let me first list down some salient points of the Opera web browser:
However, Opera didn’t become popular. Why? Here is what I think:
Sadly, Opera continues to remain as an also ran though it’s such a great piece of software.
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