Devs respond to Opera WebKit switch

Opera has announced a “gradual transition” to the WebKit browser engine, in place of its own Presto.

In a press release, Opera CTO Hkon Wium Lie praised WebKit and said Opera aimed to make it even better. “It supports the standards we care about, and it has the performance we need," he claimed, adding it made more sense to have the company’s experts, “working with the open source communities to further improve WebKit and Chromium, rather than developing our own rendering engine further”. Wium Lie said the shift in focus would enable more Opera resources to be dedicated to innovation and feature development.

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