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The blog in French Google to Buy Opera Browser [chappaz.blogspot.com]
I spoke to an Opera official about your claim, he outright denied it.
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Pay attention: I mentioned this info as a rumor not as a fact. My wording is very carefull.
"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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BTW I just noticed I made a spelling error above in my transliteration .."ususally" ( my excuse my french keyboard and my non french typing habits as per usual ..can a mod correct it ..merci ;)