Operational moves in the dark
Published: Friday 2013-02-15.
The other day I wrote about the new deal from Opera, where they are scrapping their Presto browser engine for instead to use WebKit, an engine used by, among others, the competing Safari and Chrome browsers, while at the same time having got rid of a number of employed developers, like myself. I have received a couple of questions about what this means; a previous co-worker compared it to a heart transplant, Opera is replacing the core of the web browser with something completely new. This is not the first time that happens, the current core was new in version 7, but it is the first time the core of Opera is not completely developed in-house. Another ex co-worker has written an in-depth blog post describing what happened and I recommend those interested to read it.
Today Opera published another unexpected press release, saying that they are buying out rival Skyfire. What this means for the future I do not know, but it will be interesting to follow, even if it as a bystander.