Opera 11 to support extensions


Opera Software, known for its popular mobile browser announced today that its desktop web browser will receive extension support in the up and coming version, Opera 11.

At the Up North Web press conference today, situated in Opera’s hometown of Oslo, Norway, Lars Boilesen, CEO of Opera announced new ideas which he believes will be the “future of the web”.

In a blog post on MyOpera information about the extension support was posted. The extensions will be based on the W3C widget specifications, considered to be an Open Standard effort, and developers will be able to create them using HTML5, CSS and JavaScript with support for APIs. Opera admitted the extensions coming, will be similar to extensions in browsers such as Google Chrome and Firefox. If you’re a developer and are interested in developing extensions for Opera, it was also announced that once the Opera 11 Alpha is released, the needed information to develop and publish extensions will be posted on Opera’s Developer page.

Opera’s desktop browser currently has 2% market share, and many people are bound to question whether they are “too late” but in reality the browser wars are far from over.

Opera 11 updates will be posted on their website. The company is currently developing v10.70 which will later merged to create the Opera 11 alpha. According to German News Site heise.de, the first alpha release will be as early as next week.

To view the press conference in full, including more new ideas that were announced here.

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I am using Opera 11 alpha portable right now.. Firefox is normally my favorite browser. Have tried G Chrome but just can't seem to like it much; it lacks many of the little customizations and functions that makes Firefox so much more fun to use. Have tried IE8 and find it ugly and clumsy.

On to Opera 11 alpha..
I like it... It feels zippy, loading pages is fast, downloading files even without any download helpers..is fast.. There's an inbuilt email client that you can set up to pop or imap your various yahoo or gmail accounts; it opens up as a panel on the right side of the browser and allows you to access your emails without needing to sign in to your individual email accounts. This made activating my account registration on Neowin to make this post, well, a breeze.. Haven't tried out all the extensions yet but there are a couple of fun ones, ie. mini wolfram, taskboard. One last thing, try the skin called Ibis, it makes opera look very cool...

don't need fancy css, but i like that opera is "light" and has portable version. if it had decent drag and drop, i'd be using it.

Michael1406 said,
I will be waiting for AdBlock Plus, NoScript, Greasemonkey and Stylish.

Opera has adblock out of the box (you just need to get a urlfilter.ini file to block all ads like firefox, unfortunately it doesnt autoupdate filters like APB but it works well and you can go for months without needing a new filter) I use this to update the ad filter easily though:
http://my.opera.com/urlfilterdownloader/blog/

Opera has userjs out of the box (greasemonkey)
Opera has usercss out of the box (stylish)

I'm sure extensions will be able ti improve upon these features when they come out as well

I wonder if Opera 11 will have full support for CSS3 gradients, flash objects, animated png and some javascript.

interesting and welcome addition to my main browser. I love them in FF but I find the updating of many of my favorites that I don't need in Opera (built in) are not updated yet for the latest FF beta's. Who knows if they will be updated at all. Though the same thing could happen to your favorite Opera extension once people start creating them.

Sub_Zero_Alchemist said,

Yea, it will be in the desktop version. i should pointed that out in my last post.


I don't know where you got that from, the desktop version will not have it anytime soon and only a latter version on Android will have it enabled.

Meph said,
Will anyone actually make extensions for it?

Don't see why not. From the blog post:

Yes, Opera Extensions will be similar in some ways and we have tried to make it easy to port extensions from certain browsers.

At the very least, Safari and Chrome extensions should be easy to port over.

Personally, I hope there is a slight UI change. I like the UI currently but it would be good to have a few little tweaks.

For the most part Opera does not need extensions.
I use Opera at home but have to use Firefox at work and have some extensions to make it work somewhere near the level of Opera but most are not as polished as the native Opera features.

Nope they don't because most of the basic stuff that other browsers need extensions for, are already included on Opera (mouse gestures, tabs thumbnails, tabs tiles, some sort of adblocking, mail, torrent handling and speed dial), although I cant see myself giving up Chrome, I do use it as a second option for browsing, I used to be an Opera fan up until the age of Chrome

Meconio said,
Nope they don't because most of the basic stuff that other browsers need extensions for, are already included on Opera (mouse gestures, tabs thumbnails, tabs tiles, some sort of adblocking, mail, torrent handling and speed dial), although I cant see myself giving up Chrome, I do use it as a second option for browsing, I used to be an Opera fan up until the age of Chrome

I have used to Opera before and I think that for the common person all of that is kinda useless except for the speed dial. But I thought that if they stripped out of the extra stuff and created them as extensions, they would do much better. Their extensions would be made by them so it would not take a performance hit or cause instability like FF. Allowing 3rd party extension creators would be great as long as they allow them to have what is needed not to impact performance or stability, it might eat into FF's marketshare.

If you really think about it, Opera with all it can do, and if you really only use web apps, it already does what Chrome OS is trying to do. If given the default on everything, it will be the default on your photo gallery, mail client and torrent client. I am sure there is more but I can't remember right now.

Joyette S said,

But I thought that if they stripped out of the extra stuff and created them as extensions, they would do much better.

Since all the extra stuff is well hidden and only used by those who know it, without annoying the simpler users, I can't see the point of moving it out of Opera to extensions.

michalstanko said,

Since all the extra stuff is well hidden and only used by those who know it, without annoying the simpler users, I can't see the point of moving it out of Opera to extensions.

One of FF's "selling" points is that is customizable, if you made those extra features extensions, you can tailor the browser to your needs and those who don't need them wouldn't have them installed. To me, they use the "everything and the kitchen sink" view on making their browser. I can see it as a power user's browser but in the scale of things (market share), what is the power user's impact?

James Riske said,
Nothing will save opera.

If they add extensions and ADVERTISE they could make a serious dent i think in market share

Neoauld said,

If they add extensions and ADVERTISE they could make a serious dent i think in market share

Agreed. The browser otherwise is lightning fast looks quite good on win 7

Opera 11 updates will be posted on their website, although the company is currently in the process of developing v10.70 so it could be a while until we see version 11. Although with the well-known speed that Opera pumps out new versions it could be quicker than we think.

....
The upcoming Opera 11 alpha will be based on the current Opera 10.70 builds, which also means we will not ship a 10.70 final.

There won't be a 10.7 beta. What is 10.7 will become 11, and work will continue on.

thatguyandrew1992 said,
Weird, I thought they had extensions. Oh well, good to hear!

They have widgets, but not extensions.

Purify said,

They have widgets, but not extensions.

Opera Unite is kinda like extension in a lot of ways. Devs can make extension through it.

On aside note. I wonder how does Opera make money to survive this long? Are they working with the mafia?

vice le von said,

On aside note. I wonder how does Opera make money to survive this long? Are they working with the mafia?

if by mafia you mean Google/Amazon/eBay then yes.

vice le von said,

Opera Unite is kinda like extension in a lot of ways. Devs can make extension through it.

On aside note. I wonder how does Opera make money to survive this long? Are they working with the mafia?


OEM business (opera is preinstalled on many mobile devices and many mobile operators offers special unlim plans for opera mini), analytical services. Then don't forget Opera has leading positions in Eastern Europe.

vice le von said,

Opera Unite is kinda like extension in a lot of ways. Devs can make extension through it.

On aside note. I wonder how does Opera make money to survive this long? Are they working with the mafia?

They have a sort of monopoly in the mobile market.