Opera 11 Coming Soon: Will Introduce Extensions

While Opera is the leading mobile web browser developer, it seems forever destined to be the little guy in the desktop segment. It’s fast, functional and secure, yet it has never quite managed to catch the fancy of a large section of internet users in the way Firefox and Chrome did.

In my honest opinion, the biggest chink in Opera’s armor has been extensibility. Sure, you can modify the toolbar, edit the context menu, install bookmarklets and buttons, and even play around with widgets; however, when it comes to really captivating and powerful extensions like StumbleUpon or LastPass, Opera doesn’t have an answer.

Extensions are something I have been requesting for a long long time. Opera always seemed to be reluctant to introduce an API due to security and performance concerns. Fortunately, the Norwegians have finally found a way to implement extensions without impacting performance or compromising security.


At its Up North Web press event, Opera Software revealed that extension support will be one of the new features in Opera 11. Opera Software is taking a leaf out of Chrome’s book when it comes to implementing their API. Opera extensions will be developed using open web standards like HTML5, CSS and JavaScript. “Extensions will be based on the W3C Widget specifications and this is being considered for an Open Standard effort”, wrote Espen André Øverdahl, Opera’s community manager.

An alpha build of Opera 11 is expected to be released soon. In the meantime, check out this video from TechCrunch, which demonstrates Reddit, Wikipedia and StumbleUpon extensions for Opera.

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Pallab De

Pallab De is a blogger from India who has a soft spot for anything techie. He loves trying out new software and spends most of his day breaking and fixing his PC. Pallab loves participating in the social web; he has been active in technology forums since he was a teenager and is an active user of both twitter (@indyan) and facebook .