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Opera’s New Browser Worth a Look

20 June 2006 by Mother Superior

Many Internet users and even some web developers are still choosing to ignore the fact that there are more browsers available than just Internet Explorer.

The Opera team has quietly built a name for itself and the new browser Opera 9 is now available to download. Savvy Internet users have given Firefox a go and the majority of those that start using it tend to carry on. Very few of us in contrast are downloading Opera.

Ross Shannon offers a review of the big browsers on HTMLSource. It is heavily weighted against IE, but gives some insight into the strengths of Firefox and Opera.

What’s interesting about Opera is its focus on a niche market that has the potential to grow into the mainstream. I refer to its collaboration with BitTorrent. And as we all know, the future of the web is content and many of the web’s pioneers are discussing the best ways to share that content, whether it be text, audio, image or video. So Opera looks set to grow in line with some of the web’s most exciting trends.