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.

 

Under which name(s) have you been active in the Opera newsgroups and forums? (completely optional!)
jbra
SKYnv
Robinhawk
dioggo92
none
myflywheel,Peter Jespersen
steje
flange
Andrey Rybenkov
megapup
Mele20
Kevin04
txemix
Nymeria
n/a
escruting
LurkingGrue
leonmcg, LonMcGregor
higherlogic
none
dualbore
afgomez84
StefanDingenouts
oleoleole
---
pixsmith
Liandri
Emoryy
LucasVB
Eldarien
Skrim
furue
serious
J7N
Megaf
brook
fastman92
NO EMAIL-NO FORUMS
Meizuman
AttaDostum
randomnull
EricJH
An-dz
rallye
sukhyi
jp10558
nellaiseemai
irenicus
LisandreL
Utopian1955
darklink88
kerenskyy
Ömmes
SaThot
tsht
MrL
None
stsaranchin
I JUST USE OPERA - I NEVER GOT INTO FORUMS OR GROUPS.
chillychilly
Ixolite
Steve/Stephen Yates on the opera.general newsgroup from 2000-2008 or so, and the Opera forums more recently.
-
tigas
spacedout
masko
Leshy
Filbo
Shoore
cal5760
UVSoaked
naxsa
talos2002
Tremosnak
poimal, ][epybum
StayAtHome
OakdaleFTL
remboy
SKYnv
raichib
FeyFre
Maulkin
netgoblin
ozoratsubasa
Delzur
pozitronik
Dbzruler72
Azrael
Fukurokudzu
snusmumrik
hadiak
Necroman
c0ppo
ra-mon (opera-fr.com)
hades32
tagawa
Sterkrig, krigstask
FataL
Rodny
fifonik
igorditerni
MayerPeter
freerider
STNG
haavard
jrichard326
Placio74
Divayth
Flatdown
bartex9
wbgenetic
mytch36
N/A
yadavankur
-
A876
treego
-
DrHitman27
Akira Erebos
kameman
gplally
Łukash
banita
SolarFrog
EPPM
'Nexx9' but also under 'Nex' +
Kevin Szmyd, 58snow, Szmyddy
Crash71
-
mttrnx
pseudo555
Ward
wow23, its my nickname on my.opera
H-S
dimspace
thshdw
OlegYch
TheJusticierBit
rseiler
radek178
-21grams
Alnag
scipio
-
Ned the Nanite
galvay
Luoslavius
I was never folloving or contributing (this poll was linked by ArsTechnica posters).
ZeGa01
chocimir
Icare
albatros13
benad
aguxa
webtax
ivanovsuper
Kildor
tigas
Montti
stivo85
darekjaworowski
spadija
no
cheffo47
spinmonk
K4m1k4tz3
The Solutor
I'm not active in the Opera newsgroups and forums!
tr33g
ugly95
zgierzak
N/A
blaxima
luchio
-
109th
ZuZiZ
non-troppo
Pizzapops
immanis
h143570
greench
hellboy4ever
kamowski
-
Sk8erPeter
marcOpera
cyro
Polskie Forum Opery
gryzor
izaak-goldstein
Cappo
weep86
Slazor
my.opera.com/PL
Krteq
Cqoicebordel
Deeleres
tupence
Seji
hulller
http://my.opera.com/Medium/
Emdek
Ashus
4ndrea
Frenzie
gonjlz
robyshot
H0lley
kimputer
Engelium
geoff_g
Saskatchewan
wheany
Avola
Wolf-2
None
darzki
losdelfinos, grigi
rossini
woj-tek
Constantan
koimark
Penge4
petval
operic
altarius
/
matteosorrenti, (matTE0), cicciob
MasterPhW
M-Z
nofanboy
gorankx
mkrpl
surferzworld
Not....
rondey90
Patata
lovkov
kapsi
Jezus_Depeper
achim3
TS,Raven
pincopallino
Olihen
anonymouse
creeper