Opera "currently looking" at supporting Windows 8 Metro

Since the launch of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, other companies have pledged to develop web browsers that will not only run on Windows 8 but will also support its new Metro interface. Mozilla has already begun the process of creating a Metro version of its Firefox web browser and today Google also confirmed that it was creating a Windows 8 Metro version of Chrome.

Another popular web browser for PC users is Opera. So far, the browser's development team at Opera Software has yet to say whether or not it would create a version specifically for the Metro UI of Windows 8. Neowin contacted Opera today to get an update and received this response from Arnstein Teigene, product manager, Desktop at Opera Software.

Unfortunately we can't comment on any specifics yet, other than we are currently looking into Windows 8. The new OS and the Metro UI offers an interesting new platform and we know users will want to run Opera on it.

While not an official confirmation this would seem to be an indication that Opera Software knows that there is an audience for a Metro style version of Opera. Naturally we will keep you update when and if Opera reveals more about their Windows 8 plans.

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I'd just like to see Opera devs fix the bugs in the browsers they are currently producing before thinking about another version for another Windows OS

It has the largest audience in the phone and tablet arena... so...

Memnochxx said,
"there is an audience for a Metro style version of Opera"

lol, current Opera barely has an audience.

I'd more like to see Opera on WP7. With their stock tablet interface which is great IMO. Some metro based modifications are also welcome though but should NOT look like IE 10 on metro... thats ugly...

techguy77 said,

But only runs full screen? More duplications, great!


are going to press widow size and full size all day long or are going to use it for browsing ?

when you type something in the browser are you going to focus on something else other than typing or you like to type when the browser minimized and hidden while using another app?

subcld said,

are going to press widow size and full size all day long or are going to use it for browsing ?

when you type something in the browser are you going to focus on something else other than typing or you like to type when the browser minimized and hidden while using another app?

I like to have open IE Window taking half of screen and other half Mozilla. On my second screen is Visual Studio Opened so when i develop web application i can see UI in both therefore Metro has no place there. Metro got that disease or call it limitation from Phone screens where you can only run full screen.

techguy77 said,

I like to have open IE Window taking half of screen and other half Mozilla. On my second screen is Visual Studio Opened so when i develop web application i can see UI in both therefore Metro has no place there. Metro got that disease or call it limitation from Phone screens where you can only run full screen.


look i know there should be an option at least to make metro apps full screen
or window size and if there is an option to vote i'll will vote for this feature full size or window size but that doesn't stop me from using metro and drop the whole thing just for window size and full screen size. its still beta so i hope they will offer it in RC or final version

techguy77 said,

But only runs full screen? More duplications, great!


personally I think google chrome metro in particular is going keep the browser UI visible, unlike IE 10 metro which autohides the tab strip and address bar.
as for firefox metro, I think the UI will follow Firefox for Android very closely.

Windows 8 don't have anything to do with Windows Vista. Windows Vista failure is due different reasons which do not exist anymore so if you were to decide to run Vista SP2 you would be just fine. However i can see one thing in common which will reflect to Windows 8 badly. Remember how people were annoyed by nagging UAC in Vista, now imagine how people will be annoyed by nagging Metro Start Menu breaking work flow. What Microsoft might do is to give people option to at least have Desktop as default view when they login.
If nothing changes in final release and people bitch about Windows 8 like they did Windows Vista, Microsoft will fix it with new Windows Release or as an update. Knowing Microsoft, they will never bring Start Menu back. MS is stubborn company.

If Windows 8 Phones and Tablets do not gain anything on Market, Metro idea is going to be killed with a passion by MS and some people are going to get fired. Someone will take responsibility. That is my projection.

Edited by techguy77, Mar 13 2012, 7:23pm :

techguy77 said,
Windows 8 don't have anything to do with Windows Vista. Windows Vista failure is due different reasons which do not exist anymore so if you were to decide to run Vista SP2 you would be just fine. However i can see one thing in common which will reflect to Windows 8 badly. Remember how people were annoyed by nagging UAC in Vista, now imagine how people will be annoyed by nagging Metro Start Menu breaking work flow. What Microsoft might do is to give people option to at least have Desktop as default view when they login.
If nothing changes in final release and people bitch about Windows 8 like they did Windows Vista, Microsoft will fix it with new Windows Release or as an update. Knowing Microsoft, they will never bring Start Menu back. MS is stubborn company.

If Windows 8 Phones and Tablets do not gain anything on Market, Metro idea is going to be killed with a passion by MS and some people are going to get fired. Someone will take responsibility. That is my projection.

Metro has already succeeded in one place and that is the xbox 360. So Metro is here to stay like it or not.

Melfster said,

Metro has already succeeded in one place and that is the xbox 360. So Metro is here to stay like it or not.

I know that. XBOX Metro compared to Windows 8 Metro are two different things infact XBOX Metro is only interface people have to deal there with. There is no jumping to some 'Desktop'

techguy77 said,

I know that. XBOX Metro compared to Windows 8 Metro are two different things infact XBOX Metro is only interface people have to deal there with. There is no jumping to some 'Desktop'


Heh, Xbox metro is also a mashup of old and new interface

Dot Matrix said,
At this rate, Windows 8 is guaranteed not to be another "Vista".

All those people out there saying that Windows 8 is 'the next ME/Vista' have no clue about what they're talking about.

ahhell said,
Good old Opera doing it's usual "Me too!!".

So, what do you want? To not prepare themselves for the next windows version?

sanctified said,

So, what do you want? To not prepare themselves for the next windows version?


That's not what I meant. I just find it funny that Opera always comes out with some kind of press release immediately following anything that Google or Mozilla do.

ahhell said,
That's not what I meant. I just find it funny that Opera always comes out with some kind of press release immediately following anything that Google or Mozilla do.
And you don't think it's that they're simply responding to the community asking about it? Afterall, if Google and Mozilla have both announced plans for Metro it's likely that the Opera community would be demanding the same.

ahhell said,
Good old Opera doing it's usual "Me too!!".

ya not too bright comment there, looks more like Opera was hoping like the rest of us that metro would go away. Also they already have a tablet browser, i'm sure it would be little effort for them to adapt it for windows 8

ahhell said,

That's not what I meant. I just find it funny that Opera always comes out with some kind of press release immediately following anything that Google or Mozilla do.

Neowin contacted Opera. Not the other way around.

Som said,

elaborate

/sigh/ because Opera have innovated time and time again and therefore your comment was ridiculous in it's assertion. The link above gave examples if you'd bothered to read anything..

dangel said,

/sigh/ because Opera have innovated time and time again and therefore your comment was ridiculous in it's assertion. The link above gave examples if you'd bothered to read anything..

i think your confused, I'm agreeing with you ha, maybe you didn't mean to quote me? or you can't read either. i think opera is great

It would mean that for the very first time Opera puts out a product with an interface that actually fits the OS its running on.

I wouldn't be surprised if they forwent the Metro styling and used the interface they have on Opera Mobile, which makes a great full screen tablet browser on Windows 7 already.

Edited by ~Johnny, Mar 13 2012, 7:05pm :