Why people don't use the best browser, Opera?
A surprising thing in the world of the Web browsers is the bad place occupied by Opera. Present since the beginning of the browsers, in 1994 Opera appeared at the same time as Nescape, before Internet Explorer (chronology).
Opera is classified for years by Secunia like the surest of the browsers, the one where the security breaches are rarest and corrected most quickly!
It contains an e-mail client, BitTorrent downloading, and yet it does not take more space in memory than the others and starts much more quickly than Firefox. Moreover, Opera exists for Windows, Linux, MacOS...
Almost each innovation in the world of the browsers was invented by Opera: the tabs, the fact of putting them in the title bar (thing I hate, but finally all the others copied it), the fact of putting the address bar in lower part, the more advanced address bar which also searches in the bookmarks and the titles of the visited pages... and also in the contents of the pages on Opera! Which is very practical, the next functionality copied by the others?
So what lacks in Opera to come become a leader? Why does it remain confined to its 1 or 2% of users?
- Internet Explorer was always supported by its inclusion in Windows,
- Firefox is helped by its "free" ideology and the number of its extensions,
- Chrome by the millions $ of advertising Google pays...
- Opera never really had a boost to help it.
But Firefox was able to become famous even to the non-initiated people. Most its users today don't even know that it's free and that there are a lot of extensions. Why Opera can't get known in the same way?
Fortunately for the Norwegian company, Opera is largely used on mobile devices where its lightness and its speed have convinced more users.