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Google Services Not Available Via Opera
No browser available outside of those in the megacorp pockets

 10:58 am on Jul 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

In this thread [webmasterworld.com...] jecasc mentions Google blogger not being available via Opera and I have gotten the same mesasge when trying to use Adwords via Opera.

I am offered a choice of Chrome, IE, Safari or Firefox - so it appears that Googles services are only available through browsers that are in the pocket of one of the megacorps (Google, MS, Apple - okay Firefox is not strictly megacorp owned but it has been very strongly linked with Google at times)

It is this kind of behaviour that makes it obvious why Google is the subject of Antitrust investigations in the EU see [webmasterworld.com...]

IMHO Google with all its resources should be opening its services up to more browsers than most other companies and supporting smaller browser developers to ensure their browsers can corectly render Google's products rather than penny pinching in this area to add a few bucks to their bottom line.

Over the years Opera has been one of the most innovative of the browser developers and has consistently been on a par with the best - and it doesn't crash as regularly as many of its competitors or become resource hog like some we could mention. I just don't see why a major corporation such as Google would withdraw its support.



 12:26 pm on Jul 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

Actually Opera is a shiny, up to date, standard compliant browser. There is nothing you have to do to "support" it, but to produce regular standard compliant code.

Note also that there are no actual reports on "blogger" having issues when you use Opera despite the warning.

It seems to be plain and simple: "doing evil".


 1:33 pm on Jul 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

I think Google's challenge for "support" is in the area of JavaScript/AJAX. The standardized JS that HTML5 promises is badly needed.


 2:21 pm on Jul 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

Chrome has been over rated for a long time. I fact I am surprised that so many web developers have believed that Chrome was superior for JavaScript when we found that it complained about most things prior to version 10 and still crashes while running plugins that are supported in every other Mozilla browser.


 4:10 pm on Jul 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

I am actually seeing Opera 11.52 supported, but 11.61 is getting the please use a different browser messages.


 5:32 pm on Jul 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

What about V12, does that work?


 4:48 pm on Jul 11, 2012 (gmt 0)

I just downloaded Opera, logged in to Gmail, and this is what I see:

"Gmail runs fast in Chrome. Get a fast, free browser made for the modern web. Download Chrome | Dismiss"


 5:33 pm on Jul 11, 2012 (gmt 0)

I fired up V 12 and it works for me, although, as boplicity mentioned, I didn't get the reminder.


 8:35 pm on Jul 11, 2012 (gmt 0)

Gmail runs fast in Chrome.

Can you say Antitrust? The EU legal eagles are hovering...


 3:57 pm on Aug 24, 2012 (gmt 0)

Opera works perfectly (and has) with adwords/adsense/blogger/wmt
Only rarely has Google code not worked in opera. Most often you can over come it by masking your user agent. All you have to do is change your user agent.

-> visit google (or the problem site)
-> click F12
-> edit site preferences
-> click network
-> click 'browser identification'
-> switch to "mask as firefox" in the drop down.

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