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cpan
12-23-2005, 04:54 PM
http://www.cooltechzone.com/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=2108

is it true? does it mean less competition for firefox? :D

tuna
12-23-2005, 05:24 PM
http://www.cooltechzone.com/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=2108

is it true? does it mean less competition for firefox? :D


Update: Opera recently confirmed that Microsoft has not approached the browser maker and there is no active acquistion deal between the two companies currently.

(entering text because of the minimum character length bullshit)

Beamtracer
12-23-2005, 09:32 PM
Sounds like a hoax to me, but wouldn't it be sad if it really happened?

Opera is currently one of the best browsers out there, and especially popular among CGTalkers. It's a slick browser precisely because it was not made by Microsoft.

The first thing Microsoft would do (if it got its hands on Opera) is kill the Opera versions for other platforms (Opera is available on a LOT of platforms). Then they'd make sure that it doesn't recognize open standards properly. After that Microsoft would add in their ActiveX and other bloatware that would make it a security risk.

Then it would become as slow and bloated as Internet Explorer is today.

Interesting rumor, though I don't think it'll happen. I think Opera is safe.

Bellorum
12-23-2005, 10:30 PM
Sounds like a hoax to me, but wouldn't it be sad if it really happened?

Opera is currently one of the best browsers out there, and especially popular among CGTalkers. It's a slick browser precisely because it was not made by Microsoft.

The first thing Microsoft would do (if it got its hands on Opera) is kill the Opera versions for other platforms (Opera is available on a LOT of platforms). Then they'd make sure that it doesn't recognize open standards properly. After that Microsoft would add in their ActiveX and other bloatware that would make it a security risk.

Then it would become as slow and bloated as Internet Explorer is today.

Interesting rumor, though I don't think it'll happen. I think Opera is safe.
Well, you're obviously talking out of your arse, since there is no way you could know anything about what Microsoft would do about anything.

Duhast
12-23-2005, 10:48 PM
I was scared for a moment... but not anymore. Everything is cool now.

amfantasy
12-23-2005, 11:04 PM
i don't think that microsoft will screw it up, I just think that it will change into a I.E. clone

Hazdaz
12-24-2005, 12:58 AM
I thought Opera was open-source?
How could MS even buy something if it was open-source?

Either way, there is zero reason to buy Opera - far as I know Opera doesn't have any special technology or a patent portfolio that MS would possibly want. It might be a good browser, but it's not like IE is that bad. (I am sure someone will say that "yes, IE is that bad")

Definitly one of the more bizzare rumors. :shrug:

mummey
12-24-2005, 01:00 AM
I thought Opera was open-source?
How could MS even buy something if it was open-source?

Either way, there is zero reason to buy Opera - far as I know Opera doesn't have any special technology or a patent portfolio that MS would possibly want. It might be a good browser, but it's not like IE is that bad. (I am sure someone will say that "yes, IE is that bad")

Definitly one of the more bizzare rumors. :shrug:

Opera is not Open-Source. Hell, its only been free for a few months.

Fides
12-24-2005, 01:01 AM
No, Opera is not Open Source and Yes IE is that bad.

Really.

Duhast
12-24-2005, 01:01 AM
I am sure someone will say that "yes, IE is that bad


IE is not bad, it's EVIL.

Per-Anders
12-24-2005, 02:07 AM
It's a hoax chaps, read the last sentence (and once again Opera is not opensource, free!=opensource).

Beamtracer
12-25-2005, 12:24 AM
The question must be asked, why would any company (whether it be Microsoft or Google or whoever) want to buy Opera? There are other fast open source browsers which are freely available for Microsoft or Google to take and use as their own.

An example is how Apple created its Safari (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Safari_browser) web browser. Safari uses the render engine of the open source Konqueror (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konqueror) browser. Another is the open source Gecko (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gecko_%28layout_engine%29) which forms the basis of Firefox (http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/).

Opera is not open source. It's a proprietary browser, though it adheres to web standards pretty well. The only reason I can think of why Microsoft or Google would want to buy Opera (rather than use an open source browser) is to fill it up with their own proprietary code and services.

A story from eWeek analyses the rumors about Microsoft buying Opera:
http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1905070,00.asp
Quote:
"Researchers said it's not too hard to imagine why either Microsoft or Google would be very interested in Opera as the companies push forward their own wireless Internet strategies."

"Microsoft, based in Redmond, Wash., would have a great deal to gain if it bought Opera: specifically, the mobile tools, and technologies the company could incorporate into Explorer to help compete against open-source upstart Firefox."

"[Buying Opera] could give Microsoft a real boost with its mobile technology plans, and [help it] to get Explorer-branded services and content onto other devices"

For the past few days I've been trying the new version of Opera. I like it a lot. It's very very fast. Anyone who wants to try it can download it free from here (http://www.opera.com/). Get it while it's still independent!

I think most Opera users would want Opera to stay as it is, and not become a vehicle for some larger company to force their products and services on you.

CGmonkey
12-25-2005, 11:02 AM
Just spelling Microsoft with a 0 and $ makes we wanna go drown myself.

magan3D
12-26-2005, 11:13 PM
they posted an updated stating that Opera was not approached my Microsoft.

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