Welcome to another edition of Opera Bytes. Since I am blogging fairly regularly now, I plan to do this on a monthly basis. In this edition I look back at the month of May.
Opera is one of the applications nominated for Webware 100 awards. You can vote for Opera here.
CNET is known for being biased against Opera (and towards Firefox). That is again evident from the nominations. How did Greasemonkey get a nomination? Greasemonkey is nothing unique or extraordinary. Opera provides the same functionality out of the box and similar addons are available for other browsers too (e.g. Creammonkey for Safari). Even more surprising is the exclusion of Opera Mini from Mobile category. Opera Mini is innovative and useful. PC Mag had commented that “If you only ever download one cell phone app, download Opera”. According to Hitslink Opera Mini had 0.16% of the browser market share during May. That is huge for a mobile browser. Accoding to Sun Microsystems Opera Mini most popular Java Application for mobile phones in the world.
The next version of Opera Mini (code named “Dimension”) is coming soon. Little is known about it as the moment other than that it would feature enhanced navigation. You can sign up for beta testing here.
It is already possible to change Opera’s UI to Hindi language. Now, even Opera’s website is available in Hindi. Opera Software launched a microsite in Hindi on 22nd May.
The folks at Indian office of Opera have been keeping themselves pretty busy. Last week they challenged themselves to fix fifty websites that did not work with Opera in four days. Guess what? They completed it in just two days. Well done guys.
Avencius.nl has a nice article on what to expect in Kestrel and Peregrine (Opera 9.5 and Opera 10). You can read it here.
That does it for this edition of Opera Bytes.
[Some of the news is via Operawatch]