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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