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.
# Fixes and Stability Enhancements
* General and User Interface
- Several general stability enhancements
- Fixed several conditions that could lead to high CPU usage while idle
- Resolved several conditions under which sites would not stop/finish loading
- Resolved an issue where Opera would flash a completely white page before/while loading websites
- Fixed a display issue that would occur when switching tabs in Opera Dragonfly
- Corrected page scrolling behavior for pages with anchors
- Fixed an issue with zooming images under certain conditions
* Display and Scripting
- Fixed issues where the presence of contenteditable would add to the height of elements with CSS generated content
- Corrected behavior where certain WebP images would lack transparency
- Fixed bypass behavior under certain conditions for SPDY proxy
- Corrected an issue with repainting that could occur with fixed position elements in a scrolled viewport
- Mac/Linux/FreeBSD only
- Fixed network related crash
* Network and Site-Specific
- Skandiabanken: Problems loading the site under certain conditions have been resolved
- twitter.com: Issues experienced while uploading a profile picture are now fixed
- vasttrafik.se: Rendering of the 'travel path' is now improved