Opera: Microsoft's browser ballot has tripled our downloads

By Matthew · 38 replies
Mar 3, 2010
  1. It appears that there's a horizontal scroll bar on the browser choice pane - how many others are off-screen to the right ?
    Does the "randomiser" always ensure IE is in the first 5 :)
  2. Zenphic

    Zenphic TS Rookie Posts: 43

    You can try using this:


    Not as flexible as the AdBlocker in FF, but it's an alternative.
  3. jacob007

    jacob007 TS Rookie Posts: 25

    This is exactly what consumers need... choices, i yhink if someone tries something different from IE, and find it better---and obviously they will--- then they´ll eventually realize there are many more choices out there and eventually try some more and stay at the end with the better one that fits their needs.....

    Sad thing is that all of this is through lawsuits, antitrust cases, monopoly... etc.

    We should always be given a choice.
  4. So, they tripled their downloads... But 1 x3 is still only 3. And everyone who downloaded it uninstalled it within the next 24 hours, if they knew how.

    I'm not an IE fanboi, Opera is just a poor excuse for a browser. I'd rather user Firefox. Oh wait, I AM!
  5. bearspencer

    bearspencer TS Rookie

    Concerning Opera popularity:
    part of its a "chicken & egg" issue

    O still doesn't play well with a lot of sites (particularly banking) and until it does many won't play with it.

    Until more use it, a lot of sites (particularly financial) won't accomodate it.
  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Thats kind of a poor excuse, it takes 30 seconds to go get a custom urlfilter.ini and drop it in the right folder (depends on your OS), then you have ads blocked without any further manual intervention.
  7. megrawab

    megrawab TS Rookie Posts: 93

    Many downloaded Opera maybe because its their first time to know about the browser (they're curious when they saw Opera in the browser ballot) so they tried it. The release of the current version may also be a factor. I saw a lot of articles about this current versions on the net so maybe they are persuaded to try. Another point from the previous comments: the new version cannot be updated that's why even the current users, having no choice, were forced to download to have the current version.

    But Opera is really impressive not only in terms of performance but also on the user's feeling and comfort while using the browser. Opera allows a lot of customizations for its users. This is the good side so I will not wonder if lots of web surfers would download Opera browser. I'm a proud Opera user too. Of course it has also weaknesses at some point but I believe that soon, everything will be solved as other issues may arise. (I feel like I'm having a speech! lol)....
  8. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    I don't think that it can't be upgraded to from 10.1, its just that it doesn't seem to automatically update like earlier 10 versions did. I was able to download and install 10.5 on my netbook (over 10.1?) and it kept all my settings, bookmarks, speed dial things.

    It might not be able to be upgraded on OS X/Linux though. Last time I did an upgrade from 10.00beta to the full version on OS X it wiped out all my settings.

    Not sure it is even out for OS X, because just last week they had a beta available for it, and that wasn't available for ppc Macs.
  9. RockandRepublic

    RockandRepublic TS Rookie Posts: 27

    I'm sticking with Mozilla Firefox.
  10. zyodei

    zyodei TS Rookie Posts: 30

    I can't think of any company I want to win more than Opera.

    They introduced so many key features...tabbed browsing, the super bar, etc. that we just take for granted now.

    And their "tab memory" works better than any firefox extension - close the browser, open it, everything is where it was before, 100% of the time.

    I still primarily use FF in Linux. But in windows, I really only use Opera. It just seems to work better - faster, less memory glitches, etc. It's the perfect browser.

    FTW, Opera. FTW :)
  11. Tripled downloads or not - Opera is still a piece of junk.
  12. I totally agree with you zyodei! Opera has been a pioneer when talking browser.

    The thing that got me to permanently switch to Opera about 5-6 years ago, was the mouse gestures. Thats a really simple little feature, you don't even notice it, but if you have to browse without them, it's a pain in the ***... And to them who say they don't use opera due to the lack of a built in ad-blocker, firefox on the other hand doesn't have built in mouse gestures.

    Today we have two quite equally strong browsers in my opinion (Firefox and Opera), both with their own pros and cons. I still prefer opera, mainly because it has been my primary browser for so long, and also because I don't see any need to change. If Firefox or any other browsers comes with any new revolutionary feature i would probably think seriously about changing.
  13. inflatabadge

    inflatabadge TS Rookie

    Yeah, but that's the case for all versions. This is about how downloads have tripled compared to normal. So I'm not sure how your comment is relevant.

    Yeah, Opera just reached 50 million active desktop users, just four years after they removed the ads.
  14. inflatabadge

    inflatabadge TS Rookie

    So Firefos has a built in ad blocker by default?
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