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.
# User Interface
- Opera Link button with dropdown menu on the status bar; access to Opera Link in the main menu moved to Tools
- Issue with Opera Turbo and plug-in placeholders
- Enabling Opera Turbo for the first time not showing the Opera Turbo information page
- Opera not synchronizing more than 9 Speed Dials
- Open instance of Opera not running when a laptop enters its wakeup stage
- Commandline URL length being limited while Opera is running
- Font enumeration problem
- Issue when opening File open/Save dialog boxes
# Mail, news, chat
- Problem creating a new mail account
- Drafts sometimes missing after upgrading to Opera 10.00
- Follow/Ignore contact not working from the message header toolbar
- Fixed an issue where certain domain names could allow execution of arbitrary code, as reported by Chris Weber of Casaba Security ; see our advisory
- Fixed an issue where scripts can run on the feed subscription page
- Fixed an issue where Web fonts could be used to spoof the page address
- Custom changes to operaprefs not appearing when upgrading from a version older than Opera 10.00
- Issue of 100% CPU usage fixed by preventing and avoiding the filling up of message loop
- Opera not starting after computer reboot
- Startup problem when Opera is installed in a path with a 2-byte character
- Problem when upgrading single-user installation of Opera with no reference in registry