With Internet Explorer 7 beta 2, Opera demonstrates how much farther it
is falling behind. It used to be the browser innovator, coming up with
tabbed browsing first for example. It also had a 'revolutionary' email
system in M2. However, for desktop browsing and email, Opera has
failed to improve measurably for so many years that I see little reason
to keep using it except for rendering graphics.
Here's my situation. I use Firefox for all of my browsing (regular
browsing, RSS feeds, searching) and Opera for playing internet games.
I still use the Opera email, but it is so slow in retrieving new email
(is this my tradeoff for rapid access to filtered email?) that I am
actively looking for a new platform.
I'd like to come back, but need some good reasons to come back. Here
are the three basics:
1. Allow full text webpages to be cached by Google Desktop.
2. Improve email performance, including speed and improved filtering
functionality. I used to use email for RSS feeds, but my entire
computer became so slow that I abandoned RSS feeds in Opera.
3. Extend the multiple folder/filter functionality across functions,
including contacts, bookmarks and web history.
You do these three things, and I'll likely be back. I like Opera and
want to stay. However, I like effective information management more,
and will completely leave Opera if it does not allow me to manage my
electronic information effectively.
All the best.