With the move to WebKit, Lawson believes Opera will be able to refocus its efforts on the interface and Opera’s user-facing features like Speed Dial, the extension system, Turbo compression, and Opera’s synchronization component, Link. The company also fully intends to be an active contributor to both the WebKit and Chromium projects.
Lawson took the time to inform Opera extension developers that the engine switch won’t ruin their hard work. The company is already actively developing a conversion tool that will help existing extensions play nice with the WebKit engine in the new Opera browser.
When the transition is complete and all of Opera’s users have upgraded, there will be 300 million more WebKit users in the world, as Lawson also announced that the browser had crossed that milestone recently.