The WebKit engine is already very good, and we aim to take part in making it even better. It supports the standards we care about, and it has the performance we need. It makes more sense to have our experts working with the open source communities to further improve WebKit and Chromium, rather than developing our own rendering engine further. Opera will contribute to the WebKit and Chromium projects, and we have already submitted our first set of patches: to improve multi-column layout.
Håkon Wium Lie, the CTO of Opera Software • Discussing why the company is gradually moving to Webkit, after spending years building their own engine. This is a big deal for Web designers, as it makes Webkit (already used in Chrome and Safari) an even more dominant platform. ”The shift to WebKit means more of our resources can be dedicated to developing new features and the user-friendly solutions that can be expected from a company that invented so many of the features that are today being used by everyone in the browser industry,” Wium Lie noted.
Opera A web browser created by Norwegian company Opera Software, which currently boasts about 200 million users. If you’ve ever surfed the web Nintendo-style, you know Opera — they’re the only browser available for the Wii, among other platforms.
Facebook On the heels of their IPO, rumors are flying that the company may purchase Opera and launch their own Facebook web browser. Google Chrome recently became the world’s most used browser, bumping down Internet Explorer to second place. source