Opera 11 Will Have Open Extension Support

Opera, the browser that's often first to try out cutting-edge features, is getting a bit of much-needed catch-up work in its next alpha release. The browser will feature extension support that will feel familiar to how Firefox and Chrome offer add-ons.

In a blog post, the Opera team notes that extensions will be based on the W3C Widget specifications and that care was being taken to ensure an easy porting experience for extensions on other browsers. Extensions can offer a button next to the search bar, or not have any button at all. "Open web standards" are touted as a major focus of Opera's extension network, though, so the development process could differ in some ways from other browsers.

What extensions need to come to Opera ASAP, in your mind? How could Opera do extensions better than those that have come before?

Opera 11 will have Extensions [Choose Opera (Blog)]


Comments

    The main issue with Opera is its inability to webpages correctly. Extensions won't help with that, will they?

      Your comment suggests the opposite of my own experience with opera.

      "Opera is its inability to webpages correctly"
      is the same as
      Your inability to English correctly.

      @CS
      Extensions could well help with that in the same way that the Firefox IETab extension allows FF to access websites that simply refuse to load correctly in any browser other than IE.

      If implemented properly this could be the lease of life that Opera has long been struggling to find. It has always been a fast reliable browser at the cutting edge of technology but has unfortunately lacked the flexibility that most savvy users demand these days.

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