Fotiman - 3:08 pm on Nov 24, 2010 (gmt 0)
1%? Where did you get that figure from? Opera's total user base is more than 140 million users. Since there are 2 billion people online, Opera's market share is around 7%.
Opera's worldwide market share is only about 2%, and has been hovering around that level for the past 12 months:
It has slightly higher market share in the Europe at about 4.5%.
Considering that Opera's user base is growing, they are able to persuade at least some people.
Their user base may be growing, but not at a substantial enough rate to increase their market share.
Opera is not a bad browser, and they have demonstrated innovation in the past. But my experience has been that it is slow to start up, and that always turned me off. But I've also read a lot of complaints about it changing the "auto update" setting on it's own, which is a big no-no. Opera's biggest problem, IMO, is lack of good marketing.