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#1 PeterClark

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Posted 23 December 2005 - 10:44

Here comes a surprise. In a recent conversation with one of our insiders at Microsoft, the source revealed that Microsoft Corp., the world’s largest software maker, has acquired Opera Software, makers of the Opera browser. The insider reported that both Microsoft and Google were trying to bid on Opera, but in the end, the software maker took the lead.

http://www.cooltechz...sk=view&id=2108

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#2 greg098

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Posted 23 December 2005 - 10:45

interesting

#3 Neil

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Posted 23 December 2005 - 10:47

I find that hard to believe.

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Posted 23 December 2005 - 10:49

I find that hard to believe.

why?

Perhaps the most desirable feature that Opera has to offer is its mobile version of the browser. Thus far, it’s the best mobile browser currently on portable devices, and it will surely give Microsoft an easy entry into the mobile market, especially as that market continues to flourish gradually.



#5 Northgrove

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Posted 23 December 2005 - 10:50

What??

Just yesterday, Slashdot said: Dvorak says MS should buy Opera

THAT I believe though, as he's generally a speculating sensationalism guy. ;)

Due to this weird article coincidence, is this maybe some misunderstood "news" on CoolTechZone's part?
OTOH, they refer to "insiders at MS" so who knows. :s

But it's all very strange, as MS is heavily developing IE 7 right this moment.

#6 markus

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Posted 23 December 2005 - 10:50

very interesting news ... but it's seems strange that this news has not popped up anywhere else...

#7 zhangm

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Posted 23 December 2005 - 10:50

And so Microsoft has been working so hard on IE 7...why?

This doesn't make sense, I smell BS.

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Posted 23 December 2005 - 10:51

I'll believe it when Opera confirms it. Which will be the moment I will stop using it.

#9 vetkinetix63

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Posted 23 December 2005 - 10:51

I also find this hard to believe. I am sure that there would have been some rumours surrounding it beforehand, especially with 2 big players like MS and Google involved.

#10 Neil

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Posted 23 December 2005 - 10:52

why?


Due to microsoft deveploing IE7 and they have by far the most market share.

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Posted 23 December 2005 - 10:53

i carnt see them scrapping IE7 and rebranding Opera IE8

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Posted 23 December 2005 - 10:56

Hmm, well, the only reason I can see this is being true is for the mobile market reason given above.

I'll believe it when Opera confirms it. Which will be the moment I will stop using it.

It won't stop me -- feature sets and functionality do. But I can understand some have this "boycott" philosophy. ;)

edit: btw, this is pretty funny since I posted a thread on the Opera forums yesterday, asking "MS won't buy Opera, right??" as a joke to the Dvorak article above. :o

#13 Kino

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Posted 23 December 2005 - 10:58

:(
no linux opera?
what am i going to do :cry:

#14 pickleman

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Posted 23 December 2005 - 10:58

maybe they are buying it to weed out competition?

#15 biorK

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Posted 23 December 2005 - 10:59

This smells like BS... I don't believe this "news" one bit untill there's a official press release.