Paid Version

  • Will Opera ever have a paid version of the browser? That would mean the developers would have to take full responsibilty for what they do. The Product Managers would have to listen to customers and their feature requests.

  • Dont use freeware if you dislike the development and features.

  • Have you considered paying someone to write an extension for Opera that makes the changes you would like to see?

  • Have you considered paying someone to write an extension for Opera that makes the changes you would like to see?

    I do not need to pay, i can make these extensions myself.

    Payed versions? Not garanteed to be better products. Windows is not freeware and mostly bad crap.

  • My response was aimed at the original poster.

  • Will Opera ever have a paid version of the browser? That would mean the developers would have to take full responsibilty for what they do. The Product Managers would have to listen to customers and their feature requests.

    Actually, it doesn't necessarily mean that. "Paid" actually means that the developers would have to strive to make a product that produces enough gross revenue through sales so that development and support costs would be covered and a profit returned to investors. And that wouldn't necessarily equate to the developers creating a product that pleased every sub-category of user (in terms of deeper configurability or feature richness)... more likely, it would target a broader spectrum of users in order to generate greater revenue - not so different from how it is now with "free" browsers.

    The main differences would probably rest with not having to sell preferred placements of search engines or other "tie-ins", direct user support might be improved (though the more support, the higher the price would have to be), and perhaps some novel "killer" features that could be patented so as not to be immediately copied by "free" competitors within a month of appearing.

    The most likely way for a paid browser to arise today would be initially as a labor-of-love by a group of developers (and a deep-pockets financial backer) who truly saw an eventual path to make money by appealing to the somewhat limited universe of users who demand the deeper configurability and feature set of such a browser. Right now, there are those developers who have the 'love' but lack the finances to follow through, and those who have the finances but demand a major market-share return prospect which then drives the development focus toward mass markets.

    As a techno-user, I would love to see such a techno-browser reappear (Presto Opera was one, in its day), even if I had to pay for it... but I also live in "real-ville", which means I recognize the cost/market-driven world we are all living in today.

  • Hey gwen-dragon

    Can you write a 'fast forward' extension for me or show me how to do it?

  • How does Opera and its team make money? From ads? Do they have full time day jobs as chemistry professors?

  • Can you write a 'fast forward' extension for me or show me how to do it?

    No, i have not enuff time to do that.

    Try https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/fastforward/bclfjoomnokgllmiiidbdfjakojplnbo/

    How does Opera and its team make money? From ads? Do they have full time day jobs as chemistry professors?

    Read http://www.operasoftware.com/company/investors

  • How many developers does Opera have? Are they all located in Norway?

  • How many developers does Opera have? Are they all located in Norway?

    Don't know. No.

  • The Wall Street Journal lists Opera ASA as having 985 employees ( http://quotes.wsj.com/NO/OPERA ). Obviously, only a smallish fraction would be developers, and only a sub-fraction of those would be focused on the desktop browser versions.

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