Opera moving to WebKit

Bruce Lawson, reporting for Opera Developer News:

On the same day as announcing that Opera has 300 million users, we’re also announcing that for all new products Opera will use WebKit as its rendering engine and V8 as its JavaScript engine.

There have been mixed reactions to the news but I believe this will benefit everyone. Opera will have state-of-the-art rendering and JavaScript engines. WebKit and V8 projects will gain valuable contributors that have a lot of experience in these domains.

Some argue that this reduces competition. This is often the case with closed systems. Open source projects with contributions from multiple companies should provide adequate stimulus to keep the projects going strong.

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