Farewell Opera?

Opera released its first version of Opera 15 via the OperaNext channel. This release was supposed to be the first one with WebKit/Blink as its rendering engine instead of Opera's own Presto engine.

But, as some have feared, it has become clear that Opera developed a completely new browser with a new UI missing almost all the features that made Opera unique. The overwhelming majority of the >1000 commenters on the release post http://my.opera.com/desktopteam/blog/opera-next-15-0-released has big problems with the decisions.

Contrary to what many first thought, this is not a "tech preview" or "Alpha" release - it's the (feature complete) beta of Opera 15. Opera employees make that clear:

  • Haavard stated (https://twitter.com/opvard/status/339429877784670209): "Opera 15 is not the final version ever. Future versions will have new features as well." (i.e. this version will not)
  • Another employee responded to a user's comment "I want all my features of opera 12 back" with: "I can say for sure that that is not going to happen. Have you seen some of the new stuff? The downloads experience should be much better now, for instance. We’ve focused on the core experience of web browsing."

 

I (not in any way affiliated with Opera) want to find out more about whether people are really ditching Opera, and if so, why and to which browser they switch.

 

If you switch: How many Opera installations are you going to replace?
1
2
3
not decided yet
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None
30
4
1
Too many. never switch 12.16.
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3
Two
5
10
4
6
5
5
1
4
5
4
3
12.15
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5
2
Many. Opera is my main browser and I use several portable installations of Opera.
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6
4
2
Just one
5
3
I don't know..
10
1
8
2
2
2
Two
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2
7
4
10
3
1
3
8
4
Opera 12.15
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1
1
Tried Opera 15, Chrome is better, may go back to older versions of Opera, but not 15.
One
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2
5
2
3
3
>2
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3
6
2
2
1
2
2
3
3
5
many
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2
3
5
3
3
6
4
2 - Laptop and Desktop PC
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3
Three
1
4
5
2
4
3
2
1
3
2
just Opera 15, which was dreadful
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5
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3
two
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5
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2
1
3
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2
1
3
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3
1
4
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2
5
5
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3
10
all of them ;(
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I don't understand the questions
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4
3
20+
1
all
1
All of them.
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Three
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3
1
5
1
3
3
All
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4
4
3
6
1
2
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4
3
4
6
3
3
3
2
2
1 to 2
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2
7
1
0
1
2
2
1
2
5
6
2
3
4
none
2
6
1
4
2
4
3
2
3
7
3
3
4
4
4
3
5
5
1
2
3-4
4
10 mine is a corporate system
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4
3
4
0
2
4
5
1
45
3
3
3
5
4
5
All of them, id est 7-8
1
3
10
1
2
3
1
3
2
2
5
20
5
3
2
None
10
2
3
1
3
7
3
3
4
1
every single one I ever had
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4
3
5
All
4
3
2
4
3
3
2
all
3
5+
2
2
26
3
2
2
1
7
2
5
4
4
1
1
3
3
5
3
12
2
5
3
3
6
2
3
3
4
3
2
0
2
6
2
1
5
2
4
5
3
2
4
4
3
5
2
10-12
5
one
4
2
All
3
5
3
2
3: Opera, Opera Next, Opera Browser for Android
10
8
3+
3
5
3
2
1
1
2
5
3
10
5
3
4
2
2
4
2
2
8
4
Don't Know
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3
3
4
6
1
If Opera 12 becomes really outdated, all of them
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2
1
3
2
At least three.
0
2
5
4
4
4
1
3
1
-
1
3
1
2
2
3
At least a few directly.
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2
1
5
Three
2
4
3
3
2
8
2
4
three of them
2
0
at least 6
Won't switch while 12.15 remains viable.
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3
3
2
8
1
5
8
at least 1
1
5
2
12
4
1
3
10
5
2
Five
eM Client
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2
5
1
6
6
4
5
5
2
3
4
3
1
4
all
3
3
23
2
5 (all)
3
2
1
1
5
6
7
2
2
6
2
2
2
4
3
none
4
7
6
1
3
3
3
1
15
2
3
2
2
4
1
2
2
6
10-50
2
3-4
2
1
3
all
3
3
4
4
1
5
5
4 stand-alone, one networked (accessed by 500 workstations).
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3
3
10
5 and more
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2
2
1
5
3
8
3
One
4
3
2
All
2
3
2
5
4
7
2
4
4
2
2+
1
3
2
3
3
2
2
5
3
all
3
4
If nothing happens, all of them 3.
2
6
2
2
30
1
4
2
3
2
1
4
2
1
two
1
4
8
4
1
5
5
4
2
3
2
6
6
1
1
3
2
2
3
3
2
3
2
3
....
5
2
25
5
3
3
3
3
4
2
3
2
1
2
2
4
12
2
2
2
10
3
5
5
10
4
5
10
4
2
All
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2
1
2
3
2
2
3
All
4
2
Up to back old functions
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3
10 Years of them.
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2
3
4
3
4
half a dozen
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5
2
3: mac, pc & phone
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10
4
6
2
4
3
1
3
4
5
5
1
3
4
1
5
10
2
4
1
5-10
7
4
3
Several years worth.
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2
2
4
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3
~4
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1
3
5
3
6
3-4
3
2
2 or 3
3
?
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2
4
2
2
~4
2
1
1
I'm going to keep 12.5 for as long as I can.
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4: Gaming PC, Workstation, Laptop, Phone
3
2
All
all of them
5
8
3
5
7
1
5
4
4
4
2
2
2
2
12
5
1
3
5
1
7
6
Most of them
50+
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3
1
2
1
6
1
All of them.
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2
4
4
3
4
2
6
4
1
3
1
1
4
2
3
Two.
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2
3
2
Two
*IF* I switch, my Opera Installations (4+) [Opera 11.64, Opera 12.# x64 & x86] would likely remain - as any switch will take a long time before I nix opera completely.
5
5
2
5-10
1
7
3
4
3
2
4
4
2
5
All
2
4
2
2
7
4
two, but I'll use older ones as long as possible
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1
5
3
6
2
5
5
6
5
5
4
all of them
4
3
3 (2 Windows, 1 FreeBSD)
3
5
1
5
2
5
2
couple
3
4
1
3
5
8
3
2
3
2
2
2
3
1
1
1
5
1
2
3
4
3
4
2
1
2
3
3
2
2
4
5
4
3
5
All of them. Opera without its features its SHIT. I'M USING OPERA BECAUSE OF ITS FEATURES.
3
2
3
3
2
2
3
1
2
38
3
Mine
1
2
7
6
Two
Just my own.
2
2
2
1
1
10
I stay on Opera 12.15
2
5
2
I have the latest (final) version installed. If i get the question correctly.. just one.
4
4
6
1
About 3
I have one Opera with 3 differents user profiles.
3
2
3
4
All of them
2
6
3
3
1
Too many ...
5
4
~100
6
1
4
All
3
2
two (2)
3 to 5
1
3
5
4
8
3
3
5
3
6
1
3
2
2
4
3
5
2
4
2
4
5
2
3
2
2
50
2
1
3
2
2
4
3
1
3
3
2
1
20
2
15
3
2-4
2
1
Two, Opera 12.15 and Opera 11.64
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3
3
3
7
4
Two
1
2
8
2
1
4
3
7
1
1
3
4-5
Dozens
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1
3
2
3
100
I don't know yet.
2
4
1
1
1
all
0
3
0
3
4
2
2
4 : 3 on main desktop, 1 on laptop
N/A
3
3
3
3
9
one which used to be my main v12.02
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5
3
2
2
5
1
No idea
2 (one at home, and one at USB stick).
7
3
2
3
10
5
2
five
2
All of them
5
3
3
7
all
2
5
5
3
4
7
3
opera has been main browser from 2003 or so, so quite many installations (if i understood question correctly)
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2
3
1
8-10
2
1
4
0
5
Two
1
5
4
4
4
4
1
3
3
1
5-10
1
5
2
12
3
3
3
1
4
2
Everyone
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2
3
6
5
Not going to switch
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0
1
more than 10
12
3
2
6
1: Desktop, switched to Sleipnir on Android
too many
1
4
4
~ 15
5
7
1
5
2
1
4
At least 5.
1
6
2
Three
2
3
3
2
1
2
from version 8
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3
2
3
5
5
0
4
5
4
1
4
At least 5
5
4
2
1
3
2
5
4
2+
4
4
3
4
One
3
3
too many
Four.
1
3
1 or 2
3
4
3
2
2
2
2
5
Three
4
3
7
8
4
4
2
2
2
3
4
5
1
3
What?
13
3
2
3
5
I don't switch and I keep 5! Why is there no poll for this?
5
4
2
3
5
2
3
>10
6
1
8
1
7
2
One
all (4)
3
1
3
Two.
3
4
3
5
3
2
2
2
5
half a dozen or so at least...
3
4
3
0
4
3
0
5
all (three)
20
2
2
47
7
3
5
3
2
7
/
4
don't know
I don´t know
10
4
7
0
5
One on each machine I own = 3
4
3
2
24
5
1
3
3
3
5
Not switching
2
Three
5
3
2
3
One?
one
two
3
6
3
1
3
2
Everything
One
2
2. Home & Office.
5
5 private, about 150 corporate
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6
2
3
4
desktop, laptop, work, smartphone
4
5
6
4
3
10
All (4)
3
5
5
4
2
2
7
4