Is this it for the desktop, then?

  • Opera have clearly been working hard on the mobile versions of Opera. However, my desktop Opera Developer 22 hasn't had an update for quite some time.

    Indeed, the past few versions have had very little new functionality, and hardly any of the functionality we users have been requesting has been delivered.

    I'm getting the distinct impression that Opera consider the new desktop browser to be more-or-less done, as there seems to be very little development effort going into it.

    Does anyone know better? Can anyone tell us whether we should continue asking for new features and looking forward to getting them? Or is this it for the new desktop browser?

    If this really is it, I think I'll ditch the new Opera 22 and go back to V12 until I can find a good alternative. If I'm wrong, I'm happy to stick around with V22 in the hope of seeing further enhancements.

    I just wish someone in Opera would tell us. If they are officially ignoring feature requests, they really ought to tell us so we don't waste our time posting them.

    Any thoughts?

    Steve

  • I think that they've just learned from their past mistakes and introduced a new development pace. So instead of adding dozens of new features on each version just to impress some users and that may break lots of things, they now are doing things step by step in order for the new features to work fine, without breaking anything.

    I just wish someone in Opera would tell us. If they are officially ignoring feature requests, they really ought to tell us so we don't waste our time posting them.

    Well, they've already said that they don't intend to clone all Opera Presto features. Some may be reimplemented (and some already were in a certain way) but many won't come back.

    Can anyone tell us whether we should continue asking for new features and looking forward to getting them?

    You can always ask for features, what doesn't mean that they will be introduced.

  • I would put some of the emphais on developers creating entensions to meet your need. Forget recreating Opera Presto in Opera Bing. The horse is out of the barn on this. It's a totally different concept. Now yes, a few minimal features still need to come -- like a better bookmark manager for importing bookmarks from other browsers, and even for exporting bookmarks. If you are making a wishlist of truly essential features that cannot come via extension, and are necessary even for a minimalist browser, I don't think you are wasting your time, though clearly Opera is divided between developing Coast for Ipad and Ipod -- spectacular product, with wonderful design, still needing tweaking and some features -- Opera for Android (very much related to desktop Opera), and the Desktop Opera. Opera is a small company (and we're talking about essentially free products they are developing, so progress can take some time. i think probably most of what is really needed for desktop Opera is there. Put energy into looking at extensions to meet your additional needs, which may be available now, as extensions in the Chrome or Opera extension stores, or need to be lobbied for as extensions. We need to get developers working on the add-ons that Opera users want.

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