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 9.6 Beta 1
* Speed Dial thumbnails no longer disappear when deleting private data
* Page encoding in site preferences can now be reset to automatic
* Changed the default global history to 1000
* Added a new default speedial.ini
* Improvements to Opera Link include the synchronization of search engines and typed history
* Fixed sorting by progress in Transfers
* Fixed copying of multiple entries from the history manager
* Fixed a bug that could cause notes to be lost when using certain characters
* Fixed dataloss situation when note folders had more than one line in their name
* Fixed spurious highlighting when using the space character in inline find
* Fixed an issue that would prevent links in frames from being opened by the keyboard
* Fixed error pages when entering an unknown protocol
* Fixed an issue where custom search engines would not get a favicon
Mail, News, Chat
* Added popular Chinese providers in mailproviders.xml
* Now copes better with broken POP servers that send empty UIDLs
* The "Large font" setting is now respected for subjects
* Cache files from feeds no longer show up in Transfers
* Feed preview pages now load properly when reopened from trash
* Text strings on the feed preview page can now be localized
* Added a fallback feed title for feeds without titles and added a handheld style sheet to the feeds preview
* Feeds are now detected even when served as text/html
* Fixed the synchronization of removed labels for IMAP accounts
* Fixed an issue where the signatures wouldn't change if the default account signature ended with a space
* Fixed an issue where sent message bodies could disappear under certain circumstances
* Fixed a problem where messages would be reported as incomplete when the server reports the wrong message size
* Fixed importing of files with LF line endings only
* Fixed an issue where followed contacts would not be properly unfollowed
* Fixed an issue where only the first followed contact would be shown in the Followed Contacts access point
* Fixed an issue where the Followed Thread icon would be lost after restart
* Fixed Quick Find in feeds
* Fixed an issue where feed titles were truncated before ":" characters
* Fixed an issue where feed status could get stuck on fetching
* Fixed an issue where only a few feed itmes would be fetched
* Fixed DCC transfers in IRC
Display and Scripting
* Special characters are now displayed properly in the Address bar drop-down
* Opera Dragonfly element highlighting no longer stays on the page after closing the developer tools window
* Script focused elements are no longer highlighted
* Fixed saving of SVG when right clicking
* Verisign and Comodo are now formally EV-enabled: see Yngve's blog post
* Fixed an issue where specially crafted addresses could execute arbitrary code, as reported by Chris of Matasano Security; see our advisory
* Java applets can no longer be used to read sensitive information, as reported by Nate McFeters; see our advisory
* Browsing Intranet sites now works after changing proxies in a running session
* Improved performance with large wand.dat files
* Fixed Fast Forward on Google search results pages
* Fixed a bug where network paths that start with \\ would not work, which in particular caused issues with sent mail when storing profiles on network drives
* Fixed installation problems on Windows NT 4.0