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Though a launch date for Opera 10 hasn't yet been set, Opera is hoping the updated application will lure users away from Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7 by building on Opera 9's use of small Web applications called widgets.
"Opera 9 is the first salvo towards IE 7. We're trying to give a user-friendly experience and eliminate problems," said Thomas Ford, public relations manager for desktop Opera software.
The company expects version 10 to work on and across any platform, a continuation of its work to make Opera 9 compatible with different platforms, such as Nintendo DS game consoles, as a way of differentiating the browser from Microsoft's offering.
Opera Reveals Version 10 Vision [news.com.com]
Opera is aiming for a day when people needn't use a full desktop operating system, instead using a browser and Web applications for most tasks.
Opera is aiming squarely for the non-desktop space including phones and games consoles where screen size and user interaction with the program is very different.