Opera 9: Widgets are the new Web
The browser company believes its Widgets, supported in Opera version 9, are a taste of how Web development will be conducted in the future
Opera released version 9 of its browser on Tuesday, adding native BitTorrent support and small Web applications called Widgets. First announced in beta in April, Opera 9 is the latest step in the company’s efforts to make its browser a platform for development as well as a productivity tool.
Opera’s approach differs from that of the Mozilla project, which uses XUL, its own UI markup language, to create extensions to its browsers. The company says the advantage of its standards-based approach is that you don’t need to learn new technologies to create Widgets. Geir Pedersen, Web applications manager for Opera, told Builder UK that “Web developers can reuse their existing skill sets, and even designers can create Widgets based on what they already know.”
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