300 million users and move to WebKit

Probably one of the biggest news items this week was Opera’s decision to drop Presto and use WebKit as their new rendering engine. This doesn’t mean you can stop testing in Opera/Opera Mobile though… and in fact it might be a sign that we haven’t been doing enough of this in the past.

On the same day as announcing that Opera has 300 million users, we’re also announcing that for all new products Opera will use WebKit as its rendering engine and V8 as its JavaScript engine. It’s built using the open-source Chromium browser as one of its components. Of course, a browser is much more than just a renderer and a JS engine, so this is primarily an “under the hood” change. Consumers will initially notice better site compatibilty, especially with mobile-facing sites – many of which have only been tested in WebKit browsers. The first product will be for Smartphones, which we’ll demonstrate at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at the end of the month. Opera Desktop and other products will transition later.

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