Opera Is Moving to WebKit

“Browser maker Opera is joining the ranks of Google and Apple and embracing the WebKit rendering engine.

The company made the announcement in conjunction with news that Opera now reaches 300 million monthly users across its various browser products.

Web browsers rely on rendering engines to translate code into the visual text and display you see on your desktop, tablet or phone. Mozilla uses the Gecko rendering engine for Firefox, Microsoft uses Trident for Internet Explorer and Google and Apple use WebKit for Chrome and Safari. Historically, Opera has relied on its own Presto rendering engine for its browsers.

That’s all going to change.

The company says it will move to WebKit slowly, first with its Opera Mobile browser and then, over time to its other products, including Opera for the desktop.”

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