Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Opera Unite

I have used Opera on and off for the last few years and I have recently been using Google Chrome (except on my Blackberry, for which I will always use Opera). I've tried the latest version of Safari, Firefox, and even IE8. Today I learned that I have been missing something. What I have been missing was true innovation! Since the days of Netscape Navigator, no company has done more for browsers than Opera. Some companies have a great development community (Firefox) , some have market share (IE),  some are fast (Chrome), and some are pretty (Safari). They all have one thing in common. They all steal from Opera! Unfortunately, Opera does not get the recognition it deserves. It works correctly with more sites than Firefox and Chrome. It displays sites the way most developers intend (I have tested sites across all browsers and I never have to make changes to accommodate Opera users).

Opera recently released their latest product dubbed Opera Unite (see video below). They have been teasing for over a week that they were about to change the way we use the Web. They were not lying. In effect, what Opera has done is something that we have all been missing! They are making every computer into a Server. You will now be able to share files, music, photos, chat , and host Web sites all from your own computer! Oh, and it's all FREE!

Go check it out for yourself! http://unite.opera.com/