Opera is a secure web browser that is both fast and rich in features. It has a slick interface that embraces a modern, minimalist look, coupled with stacks of tools to make browsing more enjoyable. These include such tools as Speed Dial, which houses your favorites and Opera Turbo mode, which compresses pages to give you quicker navigation, (even when you have a bad connection).
Opera has everything you need to browse the web via a great interface. From startup it offers a Discover page that brings fresh content to you directly; it displays the news you want by topic, country and language. The Speed dial and bookmarks pages are also available to you at launch, which gives you easy access to the sites you use the most and those you've added to your favorite list.
Key features include:
- Sleek interface.
- Download manager.
- Customizable themes.
- Speed dial.
- Private browsing mode.
- Discover provides fresh news content.
Opera provides an integrated search and navigation function, which is a common sight among its other, well known, adversaries. Opera utilizes a single bar for both search and navigation, instead of having two text fields at the top of the screen. This feature obviously keeps the browser window uncluttered, whilst providing you with top functionality.
Opera also includes a download manager, and a private browsing mode that allows you to navigate without leaving a trace. Opera allows you to install an array of extensions too, so you can customize your browser as you see fit. Although the catalog is significantly smaller than more popular browsers' you'll find versions of Adblock Plus, Feedly, and Pinterest.
Opera is a great browser for the modern web. In terms of numbers of users, it is behind Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. However, it is bang up to date with cutting edge technology and remains a strong contender in the browser wars.
Overall, Opera has an excellent design coupled with top performance; it is both simple and practical. The keyboard shortcuts are similar to other browsers, the available options are varied and the Speed Dial interface is pleasant to use. You can also customize Opera with themes and make you browsing experience even more personal. So, if you are thinking of trying something different than your usual browser, Opera could be the choice for you.
# Fixes and Stability Enhancements
* General and User Interface
- Several general fixes and stability improvements
- Website thumbnail memory usage improvements
- Address bar inline auto-completion no longer prefers shortest domain
- Corrected an error that could occur after removing the plugin wrapper
- Resolved an issue where favicons were squeezed too much when many tabs were open
* Display and Scripting
- Resolved an error with XHR transfers where content-type was incorrectly determined
- Improved handling of object literals with numeric duplicate properties
- Changed behavior of nested/chained comma expressions: now expressing and compiling them as a list rather than a tree
- Aligned behavior of the #caller property on function code objects in ECMAScript 5 strict mode with the specification
- Fixed an issue where input type=month would return an incorrect value in its valueAsDate property
- Resolved an issue with JSON.stringify() that could occur on cached number conversion
- Fixed a problem with redefining special properties using Object.defineProperty()
* Network and Site-Specific
- Fixed an issue where loading would stop at "Document 100%" but the page would still be loading
- tuenti.com: Corrected behavior when long content was displayed
- https://twitter.com: Fixed an issue with secure transaction errors
- Fixed an issue with Google Maps Labs that occured when compiling top-level loops inside strict evals
- Corrected a problem that could occur with DISQUS
- Fixed a crash occurring on Lenovo's "Shop now" page
- Corrected issues when calling window.console.log via a variable at watch4you
- Resolved an issue with Yahoo! chat
* Mail, News, Chat
- Fixed a bug with both inline images in HTML mail and inserted images in e-mail compose windows
- Resolved an issue where under certain conditions the mail panel would continuously scroll up
- Fixed a crash occurring when loading mail databases on startup
- Re-fixed an issue where certain URL constructs could allow arbitrary code execution, as reported by Andrey Stroganov
- Fixed an issue where certain characters in HTML could incorrectly be ignored, which could facilitate XSS attacks
- Fixed another issue where small windows could be used to trick users into executing downloads as reported by Jordi Chancel
- Fixed an issue where an element's HTML content could be incorrectly returned without escaping, bypassing some HTML sanitizers
- Fixed a low severity issue, details will be disclosed at a later date