What’s Up with Opera?

Opera Browser Opera is preparing for a big announcement on June 16th at 8:00 am UTC. It’s supposedly something cool and innovative. I have absolutely no idea regarding what it may be. As usual Opera employees are also being pretty tight lipped about it. Opera has put up a strange webpage proclaiming that after 15 years of browser innovation, on June 16th at 9:00 a.m (CEDT), they will reinvent the Web.

Opera Freedom - Reinventing the Web

The source code of the webpage has this interesting message :

We start our little story with the invention of the modern day computer. Over the years, the computers grew in numbers, and the next natural step in the evolution was …

The only other piece of info we have is from Jon Hicks. He published the following update on twitter :

http://www.opera.com/freedom/ We are! We’ve put the internet on a USB stick so that you can always have a connection wherever you are!

And Daniel Goldman had this to say :

The company is framing this new ‘thing’ as ‘Reinventing the Web.’ I’m excited about it; it definitely has the potential to be a game changer (for some).

So what could it be? The first thing that came to my mind is final release of Opera 10 (Peregrine). But Daniel Goldman’s post seems to suggest its something completely new and something we haven’t seen before. Jon Hick’s message seems to suggest it has got something to do with portability. The cloud in the image also suggests that it may have something to do with Cloud computing and data accessibility. Techxav has some interesting predictions. What ever it is Opera is definitely raising the expectations by making bold statements like “Reinventing the Web”. I hope they can live up to their claims. We will know more in 16th. Till then if you have any ideas, feel free to share them.

Update 1: Another ambiguous tweet. This time from Opera’s official twitter account.

Over the years, the computers grew in numbers, and the next natural step in the evolution was … #freedom

This really seems to hint more and more at cloud computing – a cloud based browser?

Update 2 : Yet another tweet.

Over the years, the computers grew in numbers, and the next natural step in the evolution was … #reinvent

Update 3 : Some more interesting data. This time we get some more specifics. On joining together all the messages so far we get the following :

We start our little story with the invention of the modern day computer. Over the years, the computers grew in numbers, and the next natural step in the evolution was … … to connect them together. To share things … But as these little networks grew, some computers gained more power than the rest and called themselves servers…Today, millions of people are connected together in a great web …

It definitely looks like Opera is heading for the clouds. I will keep updating the above quote as we get more information.

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