Web 2.0, SOA, and Web Services: Opera Gains Extensions and Joins IE, Firefox, Safari, Chrome in Web Dev War

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2010-11-04 Print this article Print
Opera Gains Extensions and Joins IE, Firefox, Safari, Chrome in Web Dev War

Opera Gains Extensions and Joins IE, Firefox, Safari, Chrome in Web Dev War

by Cameron Sturdevant
The alpha release of the Opera Web browser sets the stage for a Web app battle that is already being fought by Microsoft IE, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari and Google Chrome by girding itself with a standards-based framework for adding extensions to the Web browser. Opera also gained a new mail panel, bookmarks bar and HTML5 support and on-demand plug-in enablement. Opera hopes that using W3C Widgets and JavaScript as the base will enable Web developers to write Web applications that can be added to the Opera platform. Opera 11 alpha became available on Oct. 21 and can be downloaded at no cost. Besides extensions, other user-centric convenience features including bookmarks also got a makeover. The mail panel, which is intended to combine e-mail and news feeds, was not implemented in the early alpha version that I tested. To read the full review, click here. Or if you have experience with the Opera 11 alpha, share your thoughts athttp://labs.eweek.com.
Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at cameron.sturdevant@quinstreet.com.

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