The next release thereof, Opera 11, will boast the welcome new feature, although there’s no telling when even the alpha version of the browser will hit the Web exactly (the word is “very soon”).
I caught up with Arnstein Teigene, who is product manager for desktop browser add-ons at Opera, to ask him about the forthcoming feature and what it means for the company and the Web as a whole.
One of the things I asked was why it took Opera so damn long to gain said extensions feature, which I believe has been a fundamental part of modern Web browsers for years now.
As you can tell from the interview, the company’s also considering shipping extensions support in its mobile browser products in the future, as it is apparently and oft-requested feature, but it doesn’t sound like that’s coming anytime soon.
I also got a brief demo of Opera 11 alpha in action, showing functional third-party extensions from reddit, StumbleUpon and Wikipedia. Check it out:
Opera is a web browser and Internet suite developed by Opera Software. Opera handles common Internet-related tasks such as displaying web sites, sending and receiving e-mail messages, managing contacts, IRC online chatting, downloading files via BitTorrent, and reading web feeds. Opera is offered free of charge for personal computers and mobile phones, but for other devices it must be paid for.