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.
Changes since Opera 9.51
* Added several improvements to the icons and skin
* Added a bookmark path to autocompleted bookmarks in the address bar to better distinguish them from visited pages
* Added a Help button to Engine Init() Failed error message on start-up to inform users about a problem
Mail, News, Chat
* Fixed an issue where Mark all as read in Opera Mail would also mark as read some mails not visible in the current view
* Fixed the creation of the POP AOL/aim.com account
* Fixed a problem with POP accounts where message bodies were not downloaded
* Added work-arounds for problems with various POP servers
* Fixed mail appearance when Opera is installed in a folder with a # character in its name
* Fixed a problem that could occur when opening mail notification popups on a secondary monitor
* Fixed a problem connecting to online.no
o Note: Users experiencing problems with online.no should change their incoming server to use Plaintext authentication
* Fixed a problem updating signature when switching accounts
* Fixed a problem where UI would not update after unsubscribing an IMAP folder
* Fixed an issue where IRC would disconnect users without informing them
Display and Scripting
* Fixed an issue with history navigation: an iframe with document.write is not added to history anymore
* window.close() now functions after invoking a context menu - now also works in widgets
* Fixed an issue with lists not displaying correctly when text is rendering in RTL
* Fixed a problem where content blocker adds a generalized block rule when using the Details button
* Fixed a startup crash that could allow execution of arbitrary code: see our advisory
* Sites can no longer change framed content on other sites: see our advisory
* Fixed an issue that could allow cross-site scripting, as reported by Chris Weber of Casaba Security: details will be disclosed at a later date
* Custom shortcuts no longer pass the wrong parameters to applications, as reported by Michael A. Puls II: see our advisory
* Prevented insecure pages from showing incorrect security information, as reported by Lars Kleinschmidt: see our advisory
* Feed links can no longer link to local files: see our advisory
* Feed subscription can no longer cause the wrong page address to be displayed: see our advisory
* Fixed a problem where Gmail would not load
* Fixed the opening of files in external applications when disk cache is off
* Fixed an issue with low quality on YouTube video previews
* Embedded YouTube videos should work more often now without having to reload
* Fixed RealPlayer on BBC
* Fixed a small memory leak in the BitTorrent code
* Fixed some translation errors
* Returned the Windows shell menu to the Transfer context menu
* Fixed the opening of PDF files in Acrobat Reader plug-in when the folder contains special characters
* Added a Close Tab entry to the File menu