Opera Software today announced that its web browser is coming to Windows Phone 7. Opera will show the browser at CTIA Wireless conference to be held next week. Its a surprising move by Opera, but the question here will be whether Microsoft will allow 3rd party web browsers into the marketplace. Recently, there were reports that Microsoft has blocked app by Daniel Vaughan and Katka Vaughan because of the reason its primarily functionality is a web browsing experience. Iâ€™m not sure its true, but will update the same when I get more info. Also we have reached out to Opera about this matter. Will update on that too, when we get info from them.
Opera full press release after the break,
Update: Here is the Opera’s comments,
Yes indeed the press release is correct. It is WIndows 7, I know it is a bit confusing but Windows 7 (the desktop OS) is also used on certain tablets and touch desktop devices. This version of Opera Mobile 11 is for the first time to optimized for tablets – hence the connection.
Hope that clarifies it.
So no Opera Web Browser for Windows Phone 7 for now.
San Mateo, Calif., and Orlando, Fla. â€“ March 17, 2011
At the CTIA Wireless show kicking off next week, Opera enters the stage with launching brand new versions of the world’s most popular mobile browsers, Opera Mini 6 and Opera Mobile 11. All new, tablets join the performance to showcase smooth browsing with a sparkling new interface that is sure to knock your socks off.
Hit it, Maestro!
With standing ovations, Opera Software will debut the brand new Opera Mini browser on Android, BlackBerry, Symbian/Series 60 and J2ME phones. The Opera Mobile 11 will bring the music on the Android, Symbian, Windows 7 and MeeGo platforms. As a bonus track, Opera will give the crowd a sneak peek of the new Opera Mini browser doing its magic on the iPhone and iPad.
“In our lineup, all players are equally important–we leave no device behind. Our small and clever pieces of software will give you a 5-star experience, no matter what hardware you prefer”, said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. “Android users actually have two different Opera browsers to choose from: Opera Mini and Opera Mobile. Check them out, and decide which one is on the top of your chart.”
What’s in store for Opera’s 100 million users on mobile phones? There is one way to find out: swing by Opera’s meeting room at the show located at MR 319. There are no tickets required, and we will not ask for your age.
Remember to also check out Opera’s Co-founder Jon von Tetzchner on the following panel:
- Internet Mobile Browsing
- Location: Orange County Convention Center â€“ S230 E
- Date/Time: March 22, 2011, from 1:30 PM to 2:45 PM
For backstage passes to our show, please contact Falguni Bhuta at +1 408 712 3286 or by email at [email protected]