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Opera for Surface Tablet / Metro UI

  • I was wondering about the plans for making Opera touch-friendly for Windows tablets like my Surface Pro 3.

    The market for a good touch-friendly browser on Windows 8 is wide open. Right now the only major browser that has good touch support is Internet Explorer. Chrome has a Metro UI mode, but its touch support is lacking; for example, it does not respond to pen input (IE lets you select text with the pen), and the UI is still mostly the same as the desktop UI (the browser chrome is not optimized for fingers).

    If Opera had great support for Metro UI and touch gestures, I would switch to it today. Currently I'm stuck on IE for the reasons listed above.

  • Probably wont happen soon. Windows 8 currently has only about a 10% market share and many of those users are not on touch capable devices (like me). The target group is just too small to justify the resources it would take to make it. I'm not a dev and I'm not saying its never going to happen, I just wouldn't hold my breath or anything.