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 used M2 for Mail and switch, which E-Mail client are you going to use in the future?
Gmail
Do NOT know
don´t know
Undecided
Claws
bet
I don't know yet
separate Opera Mail
firefox simplemail addon
The Bat!
Netscape Messenger 4.79 (Using STunnel : )
Incredimail
Sylpheed
Don't Know
M2 stand alone
Opera 12, as long as possible
Opera 12
dont care
mutt
POPpeeper or SimpleMail
mailbird
oo
Not decided yet
unknown yet
ClawsMail
nop
no idea
Undecided, maybe still the seperate Opera Mail
Apple Mail
keep Opera 12
Don't know yet
Mail.app
Postbox
staying with integrated M2, claws-mail
OperaMail
Mulberry
Windows 8 Mail
Mailbird
Alpine
i don't know at this moment
other
Wordperfect mail or Mailbird (looking at this)
Standalone M2
Seamonkey's mail client
Evolution
?
Kontact
Sylpheed
Opera Mail
M2
I would try to start an open-source project to clone Opera
Unknown
Opera Mail
KMail
evolution
Opera Mail
sparrow
i dont know (i need M2)
I DON'T MESS WITH EMAIL
No Idea
Standalone M2 (when/if it will be released for Linux)
Mac OS X Mail
Standalone Opera Mail
TheBat!
don't know, maybe standalone M2
probably some form of tamed raven
Firefox plugin
Windows Live Mail
Opera Mail
none
Apple Mail
Still using Barca even if it's no longer maintained
Kmail
N/A I use Turnpike
Don't know
The Bat
claws-mail
My phone maybe coupled to webmail maybe XD
mClient
the bat
Mail
Claws Mail
don't know
The Bat
Will need to test recent releases of mail clients.
The Bat!
gmail
my default mail client is ms outlook, me no need m2
Windows live mail
Still don't know - I'll try Opera Mail
will see
Windows LIve Mail
The Bat!
The Bat
Opera Mail
Opera 12
Opera 12.15
(see above)
Opera 11.64
M2
Unknown yet
I just don't know! Have been using opera too long.
doon't know yet
ClawsMail
foxmail
don't know yet
The Bat, if provider allows it
Opera 12.15
Opera 12.15 till possible, then Outlook
Sylpheed, or maybe web
Sparrow
Apple Mail (maybe)
I already don't use E-Mail client
TheBat
Seamonkey
Windows Live Mail
Don't know
ClawsMail
Claws mail
Opera Mail
Gmail
Slypheed
thebat
Opera 11.64
?
Standalone M2 in desperation
Apple Mail
Opera Mail 1.0
Opera Mail
mutt
Well, don't know rigt now. As a Linux user, maybe Thunderbird, KMail or ClawsMail, will have to try using them first...
Opera Mail (M2's been split out)
The Bat!
M2 Standalone
Mac OS X Mail
Don't know yet
KDE MAil
I dont know yet.
Apple Mail
The Bat!
Opera 12.15
Opear12.15
sylpheed-claws
TheBat
Did not use M2, dedicated mail apps are a lot more advanced
The Bat!
The Bat
Don't know yet
Claws Mail
undecided
I dont know
Outlok Express !!!
Don't Know Yet
The Bat
Claws Mail
Probably the stand-alone version of M2.
Opera Mail
Claws
Geany
osx mail
Kontac
Becky
Opera 12.5
live mail
No Idea, probably the M2 standalone client.
TheBat
The Bat!
Mail.app + Thunderbird on Linux
Don't know yet,
undecided
Don't know yet.
Claws Mail
no idea :-/
opera 12
Trojita
eM Client or web-based
sylpheed or claws
I've been using The Bat! for many years now
Windows Live Mail
Simple Mail Firefox addon
Opera 10 - 12
kmail
SeaMonkey
I'm not sure!!!
opera12.15
I'm still testing other options.
I didn't use Opera for mail
eM client
Stay on Opera 12.15
Opera 12.15
SeaMonkey
Opera 12.15, nothing can replace a real M2.
Windows Live Mail
None.
pine
incredimail
Kmail
Separate M2 application
x-notifier chrome extension
MS Live Mail
mutt
Opera M2 standalone. I must have a database driven email client and there are no good alternatives
Thunderbird or Opera Mail, we'll see
Postbox
Still Opera Mail
SeaMonkey
don't know yet
I don't know yet. I've heard good things about Inky.
Postbox
Opera 12
N/A
New M2
the bat
simple mail for firefox
Opera 12
I have no idea.
Opera Mail
em client
Not sure, I've been use M2 for almost 15 years
eM Client (see http://www.emclient.com/ )
Seamonkey (or I switch to firefox and keep Opera Mail)
have no idea
TheBat!
mutt
opera 12.50
gmail on the web
I didnt use M2
want switch
Claws Mail
Not going to switch
M2 standalone
Opera 12.15
Claws-Mail
I don't know
Opera Mail standalone program
opera 12
I don't know, I'll have to find something
Sylpheed
don't know yet
Outlook Express :(
simple mail for firefox
none
somthing free
Postbox
looking for alternatives, maybe inky
not important to me but nice to have it on opera
Opera 12
mail in opera 12.15
Most likely external Opera Mail
Haven't looked that far ahead
I don't know yet
Postbox
claws
I'll stay with opera 12.15
didnt use M2, been using PocoMail since forever, because it's a power tool much like Opera. Even though it has been discontinued and buggy since 2009.
None of those. I use Turnpike.
stay opera 12
The Bat!
The Bat!
Standalone M2
Firefox one
The Bat
KMail
I don't know.
not switching
the Bat! PRO
The Bat
Sylpheed
I don't know yet
No clue yet
Gamil web interface + Google Notifier (standalone windows application)
TheBat!
M2 standalone
opera 12.15
Postbox
Errm, the seperate Opera Mail???
Simple mail FF add-on
old OPERA M2
not sure yet
Opera Mail
The Bat
really dont know
Opera 12
I use The Bat! I switched long ago because M2 does not allow stripping attachments
I don't know yet
Stay in Opera 12.15
none