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.
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 🙂 ).