Opera has its headquarters in Oslo, Norway. One of the lesser known browsers, this author had publicly defended and supported it earlier because Opera, an innovation engine, was way ahead of its time as an internet application suite. It had multiple nifty features and cross platform availability; a real delight to use with its inbuilt mail, RSS reader and built in IRC Chat. As such, Opera had built up a loyal fan base and served this author’s needs for close to a decade. Opera Mini enabled digital access on dumb phones by using impressive proprietary compressive algorithms which saved the users from usurious and excessive mobile data charges.
Unfortunately, Opera’s top management made hasty questionable decisions in the name of user interface. It worked on a re-design of the mail application with its confused direction. RSS Reader was deprecated, as it did not see development of any new features. The core Presto Engine was throwing up errors on most trafficked internet websites like Google and Facebook but it wasn’t entirely Opera’s fault. This is because Google, for example, implemented browser sniffing across its Web properties by excluding Opera selectively on Blogger, Instant Search, Orkut and Picasa across multiple time intervals as and when they were introduced.
Majority of the users mistakenly assumed that it’s the browser fault when converse was true. Opera’s market share has remained static to less than 2% on the desktops, but this is a contestable claim. This author did not face any issues with that till Opera announced support for browser extensions that alienated the community because Opera shipped with native code that far surpassed other browsers with an extension system.