Will Opera reinvent the web?
Recently Opera invited webdevelopers and journalists to a video conference next week, at the 16th of june, 9 AM CEDT. They also have set up this page http://www.opera.com/freedom/ where they say they will reinvent the web. To be honest, even though I'm a Opera user myself, I do feel like they are setting us up for a disappointment. But that remains to be seen. They sure do use big words though. If you take a closer look at the source code for that page you can read a story where they are hinting to what this news is. Also they have a meta tag with keywords such as "new browser, beta". The other hints, the story, are inserted into the page as comments, they started out with just a few words, now as time goes on they add more and more to the story. I will post here on this site the story as they continue to add to it. This is what we have so far:
We start our little story with the invention of the modern day computer. Over the years, the computers grew in numbers, and the next natural step in the evolution was to connect them together. To share things. But as these little networks grew, some computers gained more power than the rest and called themselves servers. Today, millions of people are connected together in a great web ...
My quess is they will release some kind of P2P interaction between users of Opera, and probably other browsers if they release it as an open standard. But time will show :) Final story:
We start our little story with the invention of the modern day computer. Over the years, the computers grew in numbers, and the next natural step in the evolution was to connect them together. To share things. But as these little networks grew, some computers gained more power than the rest and called themselves servers. Today, millions of people are connected together in a great web. But now we want to do more than sharing. We want to collaborate, get together, look at the same things and be united in new ways. We want our computers to be able to do more things than the servers. At Opera, we want to put YOU on the web, so that you can interact directly with who you want. How you want. A serverless and cloudless interaction. Direct, fast and private. Welcome to Opera Unite. The next version of the web.
Turns out I was right, not that hard to guess though. Opera unite is not that interesting in the fact of the existing services that are there, Opera even says those might be removed for the final version. The interesting fact is that developers can create services that users can take advantage of. Head over to the dev section for opera unite to read more. Opera unite is trending 2nd on twitter at the moment, only second to #IranElection, but I think Opera would be wise to release opera unite as an open source project allowing implementation into other browsers. Just change the name ofc :) Because Opera's market share is so small the whole idea of "reinventing the web" and changing the structure of the web could fail because of that. But I guess we'll just have to wait and see. Opera has had a good year, money wise, and their mobile products is doing better that ever. So I do not think they are hoping to take over the market share this way, but it might give them an increase.
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