Opera Software Not Happy with CBS News' Infographic
Article by George Norman
On 11 Aug 2011
CBS News thought it a good idea to contact Andrew Gaukrodger and his team at Freestyle Interactive, a digital agency and strategic consulting firm, so that he and his team would come up with an infographic that would depict the most popular web browsers out there as if they were wrestlers. The most popular web browsers I’m talking about are Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, Mozilla’s Firefox, Google’s Chrome, Apple’s Safari, Tim Howes and Eric Vishria’s Rockmelt, and Opera Software’s Opera.

In the infographic the focus fell on 4 key aspects for each browser: market share, innovation, flexibility, and speed. CBS explained that points were given to each browser based on Freestyle Interactive’s market research. Here’s the infographic in question.


As you can see, Opera got only two out of five points in the flexibility department – and Opera Software is not pleased with this at all. The 4/5 points of innovation and 4/5 points for speed accurately depict the fact that Opera is a speedy and innovative browser. But the 2/3 points for flexibility is just unfair. The simple truth of the matter is that Opera is quite flexible (and definitely a lot more flexible than Internet Explorer which got 3/5 points in this department).

Opera Software USA Community Manager DotEd (Ed Palumbo) said that perhaps the makers of the inforgraphic forgot about a few bits and pieces Opera has to offer. In his own words:
“What did they think limited Opera's flexibility? My guess is the designers of the infographic missed something. Like Extensions, Speed Dial, Widgets, Opera Turbo, Mail, Opera Dragonfly and other Developer Tools, Opera Link, Opera Unite, Skins, toolbar customizations, and the 4,000 other devices Opera works on...
I challenge this infographic to a 1 on 1 cage match, no hold barred!”

On a personal note, I would point out that the infographic is unfair towards Firefox as well. Only two points for speed? Surely Firefox is faster than that.

Tags: Opera Software, Opera, Mozilla, Firefox, Google, Chrome, Apple, Safari, Rockmelt, CBS
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