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Opera Software is working on a fix to ensure Microsoft’s Hotmail successor works in its browser. Opera has pumped out Update 12.01 to make work with its browser but warned fans might continue to encounter problems with attachments. It has also patched a critical vulnerability in desktop versions of its …


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  1. Patrick O'Reilly


    1. moiety

      Re: Bork!

      Must admit that was my first reaction too. What do you reckon for this time? Swedish Chef? Pirate?

  2. Mike Judge

    The easy fix.

    Decide what's more important..

    For me a good browser (Opera), is far more important than a Gmail/GDocs wannabe...

  3. Da Weezil

    Surprise.. ANOTHER Broken Redmond site

    Like the Windows 8 upgrade site link I followed out of curiosity a few days back

    "oops sorry your browser isnt supported"

    This is becoming a common occurrence again with Microsoft sites...

    Shame Microsoft still seem to be trying to ignore some other browsers... yes I know ti would probably work if I spoofed as being another browser but thy the hell should I?

    1. Ilsa Loving

      Re: Surprise.. ANOTHER Broken Redmond site

      "This is becoming a common occurrence again with Microsoft sites..."

      What do you mean, "becoming" ?

  4. roselan
    Paris Hilton

    couldn't attach file on chrome either.

    MS being playful, it's kinda cute actually.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    A request to the authors here at The Register

    Could we please stop padding articles by the lazy expedient of "@RandomUserOnTwatter said #blah"?

    Thank you.

  6. Andy ORourke

    Surface, the new technique for turd polishing

    I took a look at this yesterday, the "new UI" appears to only be the very top, do anything else "emaily" and you are dumped back at the old hotmail screen (at least in my very limited 2 minute experiment)


  7. Pete Spicer

    Would someone please explain to me why Opera has to be fixed because doesn't run?

    Is it because Opera isn't following standards, or because doesn't follow standards and relies on non-standard behaviour?

    1. DJV Silver badge


      Microsoft follows its own 'standards'. Often those standards are there to completely bork anything else that's non-MS.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Opera fixes browser bugs that are web standards failures

      they send out site patches automatically to fix badly coded sites using javascript.

      That's the way it should be done. You get the best of both worlds, you don't compromise your standards compliance, and you can workaround sloppy coding aswell.

  8. Antti Roppola


    Sorry! It sort of looked like DR-DOS!

  9. DaiKiwi

    If you don't like these standards we have others

    Typical of Microsoft - our websites only work properly if you use our browser.

  10. Fihart

    More confusion for idiot users.

    Microsoft are just too brilliant for the rest of us.

    They already have products called Outlook which are offline mail readers, so why not give a webmail service exactly the same name ?

    As it is, I know idiot users who refer to Word as Windows and vice versa making offering them help an exercise in frustration.

  11. Gene Cash Silver badge

    Successful lock-in

    And they wonder why they can't get people to migrate off XP/IE6...

  12. gujiguju

    $13M past settlement

    I'm shocked, just SHOCKED that Microsoft would not spend a bit of time testing in Opera for its 300 million users. They would never do it intentionally would they? Nah.$12-million-payment-to-Opera/2100-1032_3-5218163.html

    (Remember Google, for that matter; 9 months to fix Google Instant, when changing the UA string to FF in Opera prefs would make it work...)

    And guess what? The strategy works to scare less-knowing users away from Opera to IE or Chrome. Opera does giant heavylifting to handle sitepatching while waiting for web sites to workaround legitimate bugs or problem, stop discriminating with UA sniffing or sit on their hands and just wait for users to stop using Opera.

    Here's the jsQuery minify problem with

  13. Mr Templedene

    Google is starting the same tactics

    Quite a few google sites are now not working, or warning they might not work, in Opera.

    I doubt it's sloppy coding or lack of resources to test their sites, google have a vested interest in pushing chrome now! I imagine they will gradually start to "break" their sites for other browsers soon enough.

  14. ChessGeek

    Heh, I use Opera but I don't use Google.

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