Transliteration of the post of Mr Chappez ..hope he doesn't mind .. ( I have tried to stay as close as possible to his precise sense ..and so it's a bit dry and wordy in english ..his french was more "breezy"..anyway for those members who dont read french )..
"According to a usually very well informed source, Google is on the point of buying the Opera browser.
Even if for the moment this information is unconfirmed, such a move by Google would be a possible response to Microsoft if Microsoft decide to integrate their own search engine into their browser in a more efficacious manner than currently is the case.
At the moment Microsofts search engine is already in IE , but hidden in the address bar ,which means no one uses it , and it only returns results when one misstypes whilst entering an address.
For IE7 Microsoft could let themselves be inspired by Firefox which integrates the search engine Google in a more ergonomic manner.
However if this were the case , what could Google do to avoid losing in one fell swoop a significant part of "searches"?
They could launch their own browser ..hence the "Opera" hypothesis ..Opera being by the way already very well implanted in smartphones..."
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[edited by: jatar_k at 3:27 pm (utc) on Dec. 15, 2005]
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