After Opera Mobile, the Norwegian Software company has revamped its desktop browser and released a beta version (build 15.0.1147.17). Currently it is available for download for Windows and Mac users.
Following the convention the beta release has been named Opera Next and is claimed to have been built from scratch. According to Opera the New version offers a sleeker and simplistic browsing experience. Similar to its Smartphone sibling Opera Mobile, the desktop version has also let go, Presto Engine and has adopted Chromium rendering engine to power the web browser. The new engine is now standards-compliant and brings in lot of performance improvements.
The web browser features new interface and other capabilities. Speed Dial on the start page has been redesigned to allow easier browsing experience. Folders can be created to organise the speed dial shortcuts. By dragging one speed dial and placing it on top of another a folder can be created. Like many other browsers the address bar now doubles as a search bar.
The Discover feature, first introduced in Opera Mobile is now on Opera Desktop as well. This new feature allows the user to view informative articles according to the topics chosen. Categories may include news, food, technology, sports etc. Regional and global sources are available to bring in web content.
New ‘Stash’ feature is similar to ‘Pocket’ (Read me later) which allows the user to mark entire websites for future reference. The Opera Turbo mode has been replaced with “Off road” mode which now supports SPDY protocol and is expected to make page load times faster.
Even though Opera stands in the 5th position in market share, it has around 300 million users. Since it went through complete re engineering, Opera deserves a second chance if you are not using it. To download the latest Opera web browser, click here.
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