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Opera Software Changes Name To Otello Corporation ( 55

Opera Software has changed its name to Otello Corporation, it said in a statement on Monday. From a report: Otello owns companies that develop software for advertising, telecoms, games and other online business. The name changes does not affect Opera Software AS or the Opera and Opera Mini internet browsers, all of which Otello sold in 2016, Opera Software AS said in a separate statement.
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Opera Software Changes Name To Otello Corporation

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  • It's been about ten years since Opera mattered, even to nerds.
    • Re:Slow news day? (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Hal_Porter ( 817932 ) on Monday December 18, 2017 @11:13AM (#55761005)

      Opera used to be great back in the 12.x days. Then they switched rendering engines and lost all the features that made it better than Chrome.

      Interestingly there are attempts to recreate the Opera 12.x UI features in other browsers, Vivaldi and Otter. []

      • Re:Slow news day? (Score:5, Interesting)

        by jellomizer ( 103300 ) on Monday December 18, 2017 @11:38AM (#55761231)

        I tossed out Opera when they upgraded the Opera Mini with "news feeds" that cannot be disabled.
        Because of the following
        1. I wanted to save bandwidth having news feeds counteracted that.
        2. The "News" was click bait not actual news.
        3. It was slowing my browsing experience.

        This change from a browser company to an add company is quite apt. Because I don't care to use a browser who counteracts all their positive features with junk. So it runs poorly overall.
        Car Analogy: It is like having a Sports Car built with a non-detachable trailer.

        • Did you really need a car analogy? Next time you want to talk about a sports car built with a non-detachable trailer, use a browser analogy.
          • You always need a Car Analogy. Without one is like a Manual Transmission car without an RPM Gage, while not required, it is kinda expected, and useful.

            • by ELCouz ( 1338259 )
              My previous Ford Focus (MY 2005) didn't have any tachometer and was manual. It's more common than you think! Shift light only.
        • by Desler ( 1608317 )

          This change from a browser company to an add company is quite apt.

          Good thing they hadn’t become a minus company.

      • by gweihir ( 88907 )

        Bookmarks still suck in Vivaldi (well, depends on your usage), but I have moved over from Opera 12.x. Opera never recovered from their ill-advised change after 12.x, in particular because they were not up to the same feature-set for a long time. (They still may not be, I have stopped caring.) Way to waste a very good niche position.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Opera still matters. It's a perfect example of why throwing away your own code and switching to "the big thing" destroys your identity.
      In this case, it was Opera ditching Presto for Chromium. End result, no change in marketshare, shittier software and a shittier community.

      It also shows how FOSS can fill the void when companies fail their users. In this case, my Opera 12 needs are almost filled by Otter Browser.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    ... reversi!

  • Opera browser sold to a Chinese consortium for $600 million...

    • Which was hilarious. At that point they basically sold the Chinese a bunch of Czech developers familiar with Chromium. Any of the Norwegian devs that were left had already jumped ship to join the Vivaldi project spearheaded by Opera's ex-CEO.

  • Bad Idea (Score:5, Interesting)

    by boudie2 ( 1134233 ) on Monday December 18, 2017 @11:17AM (#55761047)
    I still use Opera 11.60 which may have been their last "decent" browser. Doesn't work for every site, but for some it's great. They should call their new company BadIdeas because that seems to be all they've come up with for years.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Check out Otter Browser:

      It's not quite up to Opera 11/12 levels, but it is getting there. It's FOSS, and has been actively developed since the Opera switch...

    • You are coming to a tech-site to brag about how you are using a browser that hasn't been updated in 6 years. Good Job.

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