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.
# Web specifications
- Support for window.DOMStringList object of the W3C DOM3 DOMStringList Interface
# User interface
- Translation updates added throughout the UI
- Various mouse gesture sensitivity and recognition issues
- Crashes occurring with Opera Dragonfly reload, file download, extension autoupdate, search suggestions
- Crash occurring when clicking a link twice
- An issue with feed preview
- Opera installer fixes:
> Crash when installing or uninstalling Opera
> No File Lock window on upgrade when Opera is running on Windows 2000
> Several processes when upgrading on a limited Windows Vista/7 account
> Opera creating a file called desktop.ini and places it on the desktop
> Switching languages in the installer does not changing the language in the help tooltip
> Error code 76 occurring if the MSI uninstallation fails to find the source package
- Crash occuring when closing a tab
- Crash occuring when opening a downloaded file
- Default size of the search field unintentionally changing
- Crash occuring on page load for some sites, for example vkontakte.ru
- Repaint issues occuring when in Facebook
- Disk cache in Turbo mode being prematurely emptied after bringing up a context menu
- Deactivated auto-reload in speed dials when the address changes
- Removed the close button on tabs that are not selected
# Display and scripting
- Exposed the widget object to extension scripts
- script element being re-executed if child text changes
- HTMLElement.toString() throwing an exception for all HTMLElement prototypes
- Touch event attributes being misnamed in SVG
- Dynamically added style sheet fails to apply if rel attribute is set after a href attribute
- DocumentType not being prototypable
- Empty script elements still have an empty text node child
- Iframe with document.domain is not being allowed to open parent's document
- Not being able to submit forms with input[type="search"] or with <input type="number"> when pressing Enter
- Deeply nested (5+ levels) iframe not loading in Analytix
- Crash when clicking in a dropdown on a WAP page
- Crash when downloading to a non-accessible target
- Opera installer crash when upgrading a running copy of Opera
- Crash prevention for spell checking
- URI fragment identifier not being exposed in all URIs
# Mail, news, chat
- Updated the HushMail mailproviders entry
- Added MobileMe Mail-me.com-to mail providers
- Now possible to open the mail panel as a tab when only using feeds
- The appearance of the signature editor
- HTML replying and forwarding format
- Crash occurring with the mail account dropdown
- Mail bodies sometimes not loading in single message view
- Settings being lost for POP views after a restart
- Unread count in the Mail panel button not being updated
- Crash occurring when changing an M2 account in mail compose
- The default font for HTML mail composition
> Simultaneouly fixed an issue with dir=rtl that was inserted in the wrong place in the HTML
- Mail Toolbar instead of Feed Toolbar being shown when searching in a 'feeds only' installation
- Right-click context menu in Mail panel section headers being misplaced when the section is expanded
- Incorrect right-click context menu being in the Mail Toolbar search field
- Crash occurring when trying to edit two links in mail compose at once
- Crash occurring while creating folders when no item is selected in the feed section
- Index sizes above 2 GB that have negative values in the mail panel window
- Issues with the mail panel context menu when only using feeds
- Account does not loading on startup if the signature is wrong
- Showing feeds when showing a mail account (show messages from)
- Fixed an issue where large form inputs could allow execution of arbitrary code, as reported by Jordi Chancel
- Fixed an issue which made it possible to carry out clickjacking attacks against internal opera: URLs.
- Fixed issues which allowed web pages to gain limited access to files on the user's computer.
- Fixed an issue where email passwords were not immediately deleted when deleting private data.
- Fixed an issue which could cause the wrong executable to be used to display a downloaded file in its folder