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
- Drag and Drop not working in some instances
- Deleting a bookmark closing/collapsing all folders
- Focus being lost when deleting bookmarks
- Integrated search performing searches in Google and not in the page
- The Opera O menu button reappearing when the Menu bar is enabled
- The Opera icon remaining in the system tray after closing Opera
- Minimized tabs not displaying after a restart
- Favicon not being added to Bookmarks due to a question mark in the filename
- Individual characters in Chinese text being rotated anti-clockwise
# Mail, News, Chat
- A problem occurring when right-clicking entries under "All messages" and selecting Compose
- Chat notification appearing if a chat tab is active
- Ghost e-mails appearing in the Trash folder after emptying it and restarting Opera
- Message not loading when it is deselected and selected again
- Mail being blank when using fit to width
- Attached files not being sent if mail is sent immediately after attaching them
- Opera Mail welcome e-mail message not being localized
- The text part of HTML e-mails missing the reply character " > " for block quotes
# Display and scripting
- Icons missing from menus in 16-bit color mode
- Slow scrolling performance
- Incorrect font used for a UTF-8 encoded page without the language (CJK) being specified
- Fixed an issue where the HTTP Content-Length header could be used to execute arbitrary code; see our advisory (http://www.opera.com/support/search/view/948/).
- Fixed an issue where XSLT could be used to retrieve random contents of unrelated documents, as discovered by crazypops; see our advisory (http://www.opera.com/support/search/view/949/).
> Cookies received over NPAPI being incorrectly parsed
> Reinstated blocking of third party cookies by default
> Opera sometimes storing a cookie for the domain it came from, rather than the set domain