Opera Software preparing Opera for Windows 8

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 4, 2012
Opera, Windows 8

Third party software developers who want their programs to function properly under Microsoft's upcoming operating system Windows 8 need to focus their attention on two new areas. The start page is the first and without doubt the most difficulty to work with as it is restricting apps significantly that run here. The second area is touch, which is one of the improved features of Windows 8, and if you take the hardware announcements of this year's IFA as an indicator, one of the main focuses of hardware manufacturers when it comes to Windows 8 powered devices.

Browser developers like Mozilla or Google have already started their work on a version of their browser for the operating system's modern user interface, formerly known as Metro. Opera Software on the other hand kept quite until now, which may be attributed to the much smaller nature of the company, different priorities, or both.

The company has released a new snapshot of its upcoming Opera 12.50 web browser today, and one of the new features that it adds to the table is better support for touch-based devices running on Windows 7 or Windows 8. The changelog lists four touch-specific features that the company has integrated into the snapshot.

  • Add support for pinch to zoom
  • Add support for Inertia scrolling of UI
  • Add support for Inertia page scrolling
  • Add support for touch based drag and drop of UI elements - with inertia

The initial improvements are for the classic version of Opera, as opposed to the modern ui version of it. Opera users that use touch-capable devices can use the newest build to scroll and move web pages and elements in Opera using touch, including touch zoom and inertial scrolling.

opera windows 8

Opera 12.50 is only available as a development build right now, and while that may not be an issue at all, you may experience issues such as crashes, freezes and maybe even data loss as a consequence. It is therefor recommended to backup the operating system and browser before you install the new version.

Interested users can download the latest Opera snapshot build from the Opera Desktop Team blog website. What's interesting in this regard is that Opera seems to - at least - think about creating an Opera app for the start page of Windows 8.


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  1. Robert Oliver said on February 23, 2013 at 7:58 pm


    You mention doing a “full restart.” I’m having some restart-related problems, and would appreciate if you would give some detail as to what constitutes a Full Restart.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on February 24, 2013 at 2:57 am

      What I mean by that is the following. If you simply shut down Windows 8, it will cache some information so that they are loaded from crash and not renewed on the next start of the system. A restart on the other hand loads everything anew instead. An easy way to restart is to press Windows-D while on the desktop and then Alt-F4. This should open the shutdown menu.

      1. Robert Oliver said on February 24, 2013 at 4:21 pm

        Thanks for the info, Martin.

  2. Luzan Baral said on March 4, 2013 at 10:56 am

    This problem most probably is face by all of us while installing new apps or while updating the existing app on Windows Store. I faced same problem with error 0x80073cf9 and searched on web for my appropriate answer.
    Why go with long method when you can make it working in few steps? I found a great solution to that thanks to such blogs for doing there best on helping searchers like me.
    A trick on How to fix the error code 0x80073cf9 while installing windows store app on Windows 8 Surface pro.

    Turn off Antivirus software and Firewall temporarily.
    Reset store cache: Press Win + R, type WSReset.exe and hit enter.
    Use File explorer to open C:\Windows folder, and re-create an “AUInstallAgent” folder if it is missing.
    Open command prompt (Admin), type the “sfc /scannow” command and press Enter to run System File Checker.
    Open Registry Editor and delete the whole OLE folder in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\

    See here for more http://dothisbest.com/how-to/fix-error-0x80073cf9-when-install-store-apps-in-windows-8-surface-pro/

    1. Peshawa said on October 5, 2013 at 10:25 am

      Thank you very very much dear Luzan Baral for your easy steps.. That is fixed my error 0x8003cf9 permanently .. Peshawa from Kurdistan of Iraq.

  3. Rob said on March 26, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Thanks for the steps.

    My AUInstallAgent folder was missing, and I ran the Modern UI troubleshooter.
    Its a shame that the Microsoft could give a more meaningful error….

  4. MrPollaGrande said on April 25, 2013 at 4:44 am

    Thanks, Luzan Baral. Worked just great ;)

  5. Shinzoku said on May 8, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Hi, here’s another solution to try:

    Check C:\Program Files\ for a folder named “WindowsApps”. If it isn’t there, create it, then try to install again.

    Good luck!

    1. Kevin Lee said on October 2, 2013 at 9:55 am

      WOW worked like a charm

    2. kay said on January 17, 2014 at 8:17 pm

      Thanks, Worked for me!

  6. evaki said on May 30, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    thank you very much!!! the 3rd solution worked!

  7. daymaker said on October 10, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Hi. I had the same problem and none of these solutions helped. CC cleaner portable helped me after cleaning everyting including the registry.

  8. Matthew said on November 11, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Nothing worked for me. I ended up doing a full reset of my tablet. :(

  9. Vince Nenis said on September 12, 2014 at 10:12 am

    PROBLEMA NA LOJA WINDOWS 8 e 8.1 – Erro 0x80073cf9 – SOLUÇÃO:

    1) C:\Windows
    2) Apague a pasta AUInstallAgent
    3) Criar PASTA chamada AppReadiness


  10. Elsy said on January 20, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    After trying a lot of solutions and not finding it on Microsoft help for apps, you gave me the right link.
    Step 3 worked for me, thank you and greetings from The Netherlands :)

  11. ADITYA said on March 3, 2015 at 7:19 am

    3rd step worked

    1. Anonymous said on October 5, 2015 at 5:44 am

      Finally something worked. Thankyou.

  12. Anonymous said on May 18, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Thanks a lot for the solutions! But even after I tried steps 1, 2 and 3, nothing happened! I also checked if the folder was there, and it was. I also tried disabling my security softwares and I do not want to refresh or restore my computer. Please help!
    Just so you know, the application I am trying to install is Asphalt 8: Airborne. I actually wanted to update it but it always said pending at the installation window. After i got fed up of waiting, I set off to reinstall the game as my progress was connected to my XBox account. But now it does not install!

  13. Mike said on December 20, 2015 at 1:10 am

    Finally a solution that really works!!!!! Thanks man. :o)

  14. Jon Busconi said on October 3, 2016 at 9:33 am

    If you see the 0x80073cf9 on a mobile phone, the problem is that you are trying to install on phone memory instead of mem card. Switch to memcard and it will work for you like it worked for me. Procedure here

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