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Just because they have had something for a while now, does not mean that Firefox, which is a far more popular browser, getting it is not a big deal. Opera has good plugins, but they have never been as good or easy to use. I think Chrome has already passed them up on quality plugins.
I do empathize though. If Opera would have made better decisions on distribution of the browser freely early on who knows where they could be?
It is one are they have never been good at and they have not realized that it, more than anything has hurt them.
Apple on the other hand is great at marketing and even better at targeting the MS customers base. Google has their own unique way of marketing, because they own the online search and understand how to get the word out with out commercials. Microsoft? they get more mention on the Apple vs Microsoft commercials than their own.
Plus I had an iPhone and the interface is no worse or better.
I could see it getting to where MS has around 60% market share, Apple 25%, and Linux the rest. The only reason I do not see Linux with a larger percentage is because of everything from marketing and bullying by the other two and resistance.
Once you start seeing these levels you start seeing more innovation from all of them.
That is just stupid.
The great thing about this fiasco is that I was able to convince several people who had been un-willing to move to Firefox or Opera to now do so.
However as mentioned above the nice thing about DX is that it handles much more through it structure making it easier in some ways to develop video, sound, and input.
In my experience DX is easier and more robust when developing games, not necessarily better as far as video.
Personally I have hope for OpenGL as I would love to not ever have to boot up windows anything again.