Opera made an unexpected announcement this past week, stating that they intend to discontinue using their custom Presto rendering engine in future versions of the browser. Instead, they will be using WebKit.
In the short term, this will be good for Opera (less time spent on the rendering engine means more time available to work on user-facing features) and perhaps for some web designers, I can’t help but think it’s an overall step in the wrong direction. We’re left with only three major rendering engines—WebKit, Gecko and Microsoft’s proprietary Trident—which will likely mean a further focus on bad designers building sites for WebKit rather than the standard. Just look back to the bad old days of the Netscape/IE browser war…and the horrible, horrible fallout when Netscape was crushed and only Internet Explorer was widely used for the following decade.On the other hand, having the Opera developers’ expertise contributing to the WebKit project can only be good for the other browsers using it.
300 million users and move to WebKit [Opera Developer News]