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
- Find in page (Ctrl + F) uses last used Find inline type
- Address field focus lost on restart when installing extensions with a toolbar button
- Submit data-security-warning locks page with two warning dialogs where only one can be closed
- No window control buttons on the menu bar when disabling the close button on tabs
- Inefficient loading order of resources
- Can't easily save/open files downloaded in tiny pop-up
- WebM decoder freeze
- Opera replaces existing file when the 'Save As' dialog does not show the file extension
- Updated tr/hu/cs language strings
# Display and scripting
- Some progressive JPEGs aren't decoded properly
- Crash when inspecting a UserJSEvent object in Dragonfly
- Facebook chat scrolling problems
- Text cursor position lost when clicking to focus on a search match inside a textarea
- Error message when sending mail at centrum.cz
- IDNs starting with number are shown with punycode in address bar
- Crash when posting message to extension background process
# Mail, news, chat
- Selected message not consistent on layout switching
- Last selected message is forgotten through a restart
- Scrolling or switching view is slow when there are messages with many addressees
- Occasional crash when navigating message list
- Support Ctrl+F5 and Shift+F5 for unconditional reload of web page (bypass cache)
- URL Turbo mode header reduction generates invalid HTTP messages
- Missing architecture information in the User Agent
# Presto 2.10 rendering engine
* Encoding improvements
- Changed multi-byte encodings to be non-greedy when encountering invalid byte sequences, which is more compatible with other implementations
- Fixed an issue where small windows could be used to trick users into executing downloads, as reported by Jordi Chancel
- Fixed an issue where overlapping content could trick users into executing downloads, as reported by Jordi Chancel
- Fixed an issue where history.state could leak the state data from cross domain pages
- Fixed an issue which could allow web page dialogs to display the wrong address in the address field
- Fixed an issue where carefully timed reloads and redirects could spoof the address field, as reported by Jordi Chancel