Thursday, September 22, 2005

Google and the Thickening Browser Plot

The long time commercial browser Opera is now free of charge and free of ads, giving users yet another option in the expanding browser market. Although Opera's market share is small, the browser is widely regarded as a very mature and intuitive product. The big news in my mind, however, is what makes it free...

Opera software, following the path of Mozilla's Firefox, has levereged deals with internet giants like Google, eBay and Amazon to receive kickbacks from users who purchase using the built-in search bar.

So after years and years of rumors regarding gBrowser, Google is apparently satisfied to strike deals with current browser makers. Ofcourse we all know of one company who will not be signing papers with Google. To that end, check out this screenshot:


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