Yahoo! Must Hate Opera

Yet again Yahoo! goes live with new a Beta Version of its awesome web based email system, sporting some interesting colour changes, menu improvements and organization. But once again, they have dealt a heavy blow to the Opera Browser by distinctively excluding it from its list of supported browsers.

Yahoo! Mail Not Supporting the Opera Browser

Yahoo! Mail Not Supporting the Opera Browser

It may be true that currently Opera holds the least market share in the browser wars but I do not feel that is a justification for Yahoo! to consider leaving out the browser. In the previous iteration of its email client, the same approach was taken and the ever hard working team of Opera devs found a nice way to by pass the problem and allow their browser users to continue their daily work unabated by the tactics of the Yahoo! corporation.

I wonder what issue the Yahoo! devs have with the browser that make them consistently ignore it. Is it JS? Opera has one of the best JS engines in the running. Is it HTML5? I don’t think that is the problem. Perhaps it might be the rendering engine not providing the same font-sizes and pixel counts as other browsers; but that should hardly ever be an issue.

I would be glad if a Yahoo! dev or someone who knows enough about the workings of the Yahoo! Mail development would comment on this issue and probably make me and hopefully the Opera browser developers know point blank the issues they have had with their browser. Or perhaps they should just openly state they don’t provide support for it due to it minimal market share (but then that would be open discrimination, not based on technical reasons :) ).

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9 thoughts on “Yahoo! Must Hate Opera

    1. Francis Adu-Gyamfi Post author

      Btw, simply masking Opera as IE fixes the problem. Yahoo! Mail works flawlessly. Masking/Identifying as Firefox however did not help.

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    1. Francis Adu-Gyamfi Post author

      Clearly you’ve got something mixed up. This problem is not caused by Opera but rather by Yahoo!’s developers who believe every other browser aside Opera can run their mail system, when clearly the browser has little or no problem with it. As stated above, if you change Opera’s UA string to identify itself as IE with the site, the mail system shows up and works quite well, except for the areas where IE specific code is used.

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  2. John Rockefeller

    I’m glad this is finally getting some coverage. I’ve been complaining about this message for a while since it shows if you’re running Firefox or Chrome if it’s on Linux. What difference does the OS make if the browser is the same?

    It’s just HTML and JS yes?

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    1. Francis Adu-Gyamfi Post author

      Basically, Yahoo! don’t do much testing of their software with the Opera browser so they are basically saying they can’t guarantee it will work right. However, in this day and age of Standards Compliance, I wonder why code that work reasonably well in Chrome or Firefox would fail in Opera, such that it needs to be completely blocked off.

      Several complaints have been made on their feedback system so let’s hope something gets done about it. Opera may be in a minority but it is still a good piece of software so it should not be treated like this.

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  3. migawka

    I had the same with O10.10 WinXP SP2, check if you have all system updates – especially .NET Framework and MSXML which are responsible for Ajax

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