Originally posted by sirnh1:
Opera is no longer actively maintaining an engine and claimed (somewhere) that that means they would have more time to work on new innovative features? So... I wonder... Where are these 'innovative' features? (...) Judging from what I know and see, I can only see a dead opera in the feature.
Yes, to be honest, that's what I see too. I have always been critical of the new Opera but I have tried to keep it constructive, and in fact I have kept Opera Developer as a secondary browser (Opera 12.16 is still my main browser, of course) to use for Facebook and GMail, and watch its progress. I didn't hope for the new Opera to ever become as satisfactory to me as the old one, but at least I trusted the developers to really devote their time to new features as promised. I.e., I was prepared to not get the handy IRC client back, I was even convincing myself to accept that I would have to make a sacrifice and give up my beloved menu bar (and it would be the first program for which I gave up that - I switched from Office to OpenOffice due to no menu bar, in spite of the latter being inferior in all the rest of the aspects). But at least I thought we would get get a decent download manager, proxy settings, proper bookmarks, simple but handy settings like click on tab to minimize or disable X button on each tab, maybe some MDI settings, options for moving tabs to the side, status bar with URL information on hover, etc.
The reality is that it's been half a year, six major versions (!) on the Developer stream, and they have implemented almost no significant features. The pace at which they implement them is much, much slower than with the Presto-based Opera, contrary to what they said. And since I'm sure the Opera developers which brought us a great browser with so many handy features haven't become incompetent overnight, I'm convinced that the reason is just that the company doesn't want to focus on the desktop browser anymore. They probably have allocated almost no resources to it. Honestly, if this is the case, it would probably have been better that they had allocated no resources at all and declared the browser a legacy product. Because the way they're doing it, I'm honestly beginning to feel deceived. I feel that they have been giving us the hope that with a bit of patience they would give us a good browser again, and that they never really had the intention of doing so. I am patient, if I thought that Opera would really give me a good browser in another year, or even in two years (which is quite a lot in Internet terms), I would wait and even keep the incomplete Opera Developer installed to help by testing it and sending reports. But what I won't do is wait for nothing, and help a company which I can't really trust anymore, with a browser that is never going to be good and probably is bound to die because there is just no point in installing it.
I really hope I'm wrong. I hope in a year we get a really great Opera browser. But this is my sincere opinion right now.