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Opera Reviews

Opera browser offers the best experience out of the box

about Opera and Dolphin Browser, Yandex.Browser, Google Chrome · · Helpful Not helpful 2 Helpful

The interface is clean and effective. The Speed Dial is the best in class new tab page. You choose what and how many pages you want there and you can even group multiple pages with deadly simple drag and drop or bookmark all the opened tabs at once there.

Off-road is great for when your connection is bad or you're having a problem to connect to a specific website, and also saving a bit of data/money if you're accessing via a mobile network connection.

You can access all your search engines when you select and right-click text on a page.

You can easily recover any closed page from the menu, while in Chrome for example you're limited to the latest 10 closed tabs/windows.

Paste & Go anytime, simply press Ctrl + Shift + V!

Mouse gestures are included for fast browsing.

Stash and Discover can be useful to varying kinds of usage and other minor unique settings included are very good.


In addition to Speed Dial and Off-road mode, in mobile devices the navigation is faster and the bar placement at the bottom is much more comfortable for navigating and tab-switching. The option to apply text wrapping and freely zooming in instead of the worst invention of the century (a.k.a. the FontBoosting method) also strengthens my choice greatly.

You can save pages for off-line viewing which is a good bonus and now that they're implementing features like the media downloader Opera is differentiating itself from the other browsers even more.

It's also worth mentioning that while companies like Maxthon, Dolphin, etc (with the exception of Yandex), are building browsers that are merely wrappers that use the rendering engine that comes with your device's Android version, Opera is directly involved with web standards and offers the latest and greatest in this department with a more up-to-date browsing engine.

Summing up: it's the best browser and it's from a company historically committed to supporting the open web standards. My sole browser recommendation. 10/10

[Edited by rluik, September 29]

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For me, it's the fastest

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I'm a computer technician, I've used many browsers with many types of computers, mac/pc/ and linux. Basically what it came down to is chrome, Firefox, Opera, and even Safari all ran about the same, but when I turned on the "turbo" (image compression), it ran the fastest on all my computers. The only one that that was slow was Explorer, which is built for safty more than speed.

*on linux OS, Firefox was the fastest

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Fast
Very Nice Interface
lightweight compared to Firefox
Ability to add Chrome extensions
Built-in Adblocker
Free VPN with Unlimited Bandwidth

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Fast, great user interface. Can be extended with bot Opera and Chrome extensions.

[Edited by bklampfl, August 21]

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unable to sync extensions

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Most browser have extensions, yet opera link doesnt sync it

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XP "support" is minimal, & fading fast

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Windows XP & Vista Support is "patching" version 36.0, so new standards & insecure protocols are not usable an more.

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No home button, no muti-row tabs, no to Opera

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Opera is fast and consumes little battery in my tablet, but something I don't understand is why there is no home button?... why there is no multi-row tabs?... could be a very nice browser but something that should be obvious is not present.

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the best

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i thought chrome is the best browser until i used opera i was surprised about its speed and exclusive built-in extensions like video pop out (loved it so much ) , fast free vpn , ad blocker and the ability to install and use all chrome extensions . i advise people to give it a try and i'm sure you will uninstall chrome.

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One of the best browsers! ^.^

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A stable browser and VPN included completely free and unlimited!
In strongly recommend to anyone! ^.^

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Opera is Undead: Long Live Vivaldi!

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After using Presto Opera since version 8.5, I was horrified by the lobotomised version of Opera presented in v15. I agreed completely with the need for a change of engine but Opera's new direction threw out most of what made the Presto version a true classic and a joy to use. Two years later and it STILL feels like it barely compares to version 8 of Opera Classic, let alone version 12.

It's a freakish abomination that abandoned its core user-base, along with all the beloved community features and mail, in favour of some nebulous idea about "popularity". (something that seems not to have worked at all, based on these results: http://clicky.com/marketshare/global/web-browsers/ )

I've stuck with it in the desperate hope that some glimmer of the original spirit would return...and I'm happy to report that it finally has! BUT NOT IN OPERA.

Enter: Vivaldi! (https://vivaldi.com/#Home )

Created by the original CEO of Opera, Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner, (who left the company shortly before the awful change in direction), Vivaldi simply is - in spirit - everything that Opera was, only modernised to use Blink (The feature-set will be what Opera was, but many are not yet present). The community is already back. Mail is on the way.Innovation is already present (I fully expect everyone else to start copying the Tab Colours soon, just like old times!) For me, this is the final shotgun blast to the head of the shambling zombie horror that was once an amazing browser; Opera remains Opera in name only, having long since lost its soul.

[Edited by GTLC, February 16]

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Opera is Chrome

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Nowadays Opera is just another Google Chrome copy. And it has no bookmarks.

On 12 February 2013, Opera announced it would drop its own Presto engine ...

Read more http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opera_ (web_browser)

But real Opera is alive !!
"Opera 12.17 out". 2014-04-23.

you can download it here:
http://www.opera.com/download/guide/?ver=12.17

[Edited by mer30hamid, July 03]

They just fixed OpenSSL Heartbleed bug.

I think they will do the next big thing soon ;)

Opera is not Chrome, read: https://forums.opera.com/discussion/comment/15182673#Comment_15182673
And follow the linked comparison.

And they are going even further now with the new Tab Preview feature in the alpha/beta versions, full bookmarks manager, etc.

Yes, yes, they have been promising the implementation of the bookmarks manager I guess for about a year now. Even though it is already included in Chromium, on which Opera is based...
Tab preview? No sh!t, a feature like that surely is destined to be a Chrome-killer!

I encourage everybody to just switch to a real browser like Firefox. Firefox is OPENSOURCE, almost as fast as Chromium while being more stable, and has lots of features and customization options right out of the box, so you don't have to look for extensions for every bloody thing. Yes, and Firefox is not being run by assholes whose main concern is profit.

[Edited by Azazel, July 26]

For the first time i am very agree with Azazel. Firefox is the best browser , at least for me .

LOL! You have to download many extensions in Firefox to make it useful, like I said Opera offers different things out of the box which are a plus (while for me the settings built-in in Firefox are useless). Also, the single process architecture and other problems make Firefox laggy and not stable sometimes.

Rluik, not useful you say? Firefox has a bookmark manager, site settings, toolbar customizer, smooth scrolling, ability to select text inside links, data sync, applications manager where you can set how Firefox handles various file and URL types like magnet links or torrent files. Not to mention the ability to easily set a non-Google search engine as the default. I believe none of this is possible in Opera-Chromium, at least without extensions?
And what Opera has to offer that FF doesn't? That "Discover" joke? A feature that is mostly targeted at people who are using the Internet for the first damn time in their lives? Is that what makes a browser useful to you?

And from my experience, multi-process architecture doesn't make a browser more stable, just more greedy for the RAM. At least judging by the way it is implemented in Chromium. Once one of those processes catches an error, the whole browser just shuts down. That risk is even higher when you have a dozen of extensions installed, each of which is yet another process that lowers the overall stability of one's browser.

[Edited by Azazel, August 24]

I believe none of this is possible in Opera-Chromium

Fuck, I get it now, you didn't even use/test the thing and come here to bash. Bing, Yahoo! (and Yandex and Baidu depending on your region) are easily selectable as default search engine. The independent processes don't crash the whole browser like you said and I don't have 512 MB of RAM.

These Firefox settings aren't useful to me.
Site settings is accessible via the settings to an extent, I'm sure more is coming later (Opera hasn't copied the preferences manager from clicking the site favicon that Chrome has). I miss sync but it's coming, and Firefox can't even store my Speed Dials to begin, how would I bother to have sync on it? My OS manages file and protocol associations, I don't need the redundancy.

Follow the link I posted above, and the Chrome vs. Opera link in that page and compare it to Firefox yourself.

Among everything that I listed you basically replied only on the search options? And please quit acting like it has been possible since the adoption of Chromium; I remember just a few months back every other question on Opera forums was on how to change the default search engine, lol.

And nobody cares if those features aren't useful to you Rluik. ALL of them were present in old Opera (although I bet this doesn't tell you much), some of them are available in Chrome and Maxton, so I guess this fact indicates that they aren't that useless, and that you my friend are a user with a set of pretty specific needs. Damn it, who needs the ability to pick their search engine in the context menu to search for selected text anyway? Actually, who searches text via the context menu at all? And guess what? You don't really need speed dial when you have a sane bookmark system with a toolbar.

Follow the link I posted above, and the Chrome vs. Opera link in that page and compare it to Firefox yourself.

If I had a lot more spare time I would have found for you quite a few of such "turning-point" killer features in Yandex Browser, Coolnovo and Torch. They all are based on Chromium too yet they are probably more superior to Opera as far as functionality goes.

[Edited by Azazel, August 27]

please quit acting like it has been possible since the adoption of Chromium

It has been possible. What you can't do, as of now, is set custom (manually added) search engines as default (e.g. DDG, StartPage, ixquick) without a extension.

who needs the ability to pick their search engine in the context menu to search for selected text anyway?

Me. It's very handy to look up the terms in Wikipedia or other search engines. You like playing with your clipboard content and clicking or pressing more keys to perform this simple task? Ok.

nobody cares if those features aren't useful to you Rluik

Of course you don't care. You don't care what features aren't present in Firefox that I need and use in Opera either. You started a discussion saying Opera is shit and made by assholes who only care about profit, you said everyone should switch to the only true and real browser, the god Firefox regardless of the people's needs: you don't care about them. You don't even care to test or read about other browsers when info is presented to you. That sums up your participation here.

It's just way too weird to believe that you are so attached to those few otiose features and so indifferent to the absence of the big ones that are being used by lots of web surfers, and that were present in old Opera. You are simply either an Opera employee, or an eccentric, that's it. My words about choosing Firefox were addressed mostly at normal, more or less advanced users who would like to control and customize their way of browsing the Internet instead of adopting one that is a browser vendor sees best for their users (in reality -- for them to make money.)

I don't agree with you, so the only conclusion is I'm a Opera employee (when I'm not and have never been). See, you simply can't accept when other people have different tastes and proceed to blame me with irrelevant considerations (the company I work for or not - even if it was Opera Software - would not change what I need to make my web browsing experience bearable).

I can't choose and customize Firefox to my likings, e.g. swap its annoying scrollable/extended/overflowed tab bar with one that goes on shrinking the tabs' size (much better for cognitive/recognizing the places where I leave my many tabs open + its tab previews/thumbnails when I need to scan an area). The best part is I don't need to: Opera offers the most complete out of the box package for my needs, staying with Opera I need to install much less extensions than I'd have to reproduce the core Opera functionalities in Fx. And they also have the merit of implementing first and best many features, I wouldn't switch to another browser ignoring that.

I said already that you really might as well be a user with such needs that Chropera perfectly accommodates. This doesn't take away the fact that most New Opera users are either noobs or compelled to install a ton of extensions to make it usable and closer to Opera Presto. Some of them just use it as the closest known thing to Chrome as they don't want to use Chrome to avoid being spied on, lol.. If you are concerned about privacy, go with Open Source, damn it! But yeah, generally I'd say New Opera is something like "the browser for your Mom" anyway.

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I love it

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One of mt favorite browsers alongside with Firefox (my most favorite one) and Google Chrome

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Sell·out

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Officially Opera gets its main revenue from having Google as it's default search engine... but my theory is that Opera Software is getting paid to stay away from the browser race. How else can they completely ditch v12 for this generic excuse of a browser?

Let's see your theory be destroyed when the Opera 15+ userbase hits a higher number than the Opera 12.x userbase soon.

Well, It's just a theory (not in the scientific way), and even if it was proven wrong it wouldn't mean it was a bad theory. I even keep hope that Opera will be good for my use again, but the circumstance you are projecting won't prove anything at all. Opera 12 is lacking maintenance and losing compatibility with some websites, so it's only normal that users are regretably moving on.

I highly doubt that Opera 15+ will ever gain more users than Opera +12 did. Maybe if they implement some of the 12's features, than yes, probably. Other than that, I can't see why would someone go for Opera over Chrome when they are basically the same thing except that Opera 15+ lacks some of the Chrome's main features like
bookmarks, site settings and Chrome's extensions (although I heard that you can install those extensions on Chropera too somehow

Azarel this is not true, read my review.

rluik you are obviously an Opera's employee or something worse. Most of what you have listed is achievable in other browsers with extensions/addons. 'Off-road' (I guess it's ex-Opera Turbo) might be the only feature that can't be compensated anywhere else but in Opera but that's it; you must be either an advertiser or just outta your mind to call this useless piece of junk 'the best browser'.

I'm not an Opera employee, common don't be a kid pretending to "win" the discussion this way. If I was nothing would change in this conversation.

By your logic why do various browsers exist at all? There should be just 1 and you load it with a dozen of extensions, by your logic.

Listen to reason. Why would I want to install various extensions in another browser if I can have a much better experience with Opera from the start? They're commonly also the inventors of the referred features so using it supports and gives merit to the right people.

I also choose Opera because of their ideology and actions, not only functions.

I'm not a huge fan of extensions either, that's why I'm staying on real Opera (12.16) that has been discontinued.
Although Chropera has some more or less useful features such as mouse gestures out of the box, it lacks vital stuff, like 'normal' bookmarks and the bookmarks manager, not to mention site settings. Maybe if the only site you visit on the Internet is Facebook, then Chropera is the ideal option, but that's not my case for sure.

I also choose Opera because of their ideology and actions

their recent actions seem to be killing the best [geek] browser and replacing it with some three-button fugazy, killing their mail service and the user community - not much to choose for if you ask me.

it lacks vital stuff, like 'normal' bookmarks and the bookmarks manager, not to mention site settings

What's vital for you might be worthless for me and vice versa.
Mouse gestures are just the tip of the iceberg. There are obviously a bunch of different functions in Opera 15+ that'd require me to pack Chrome and Firefox with a lot more extensions (and again using Opera is giving merit to the people who really brought the features first).

Maybe if the only site you visit on the Internet is Facebook, then Chropera is the ideal option, but that's not my case for sure.

This is bogus. Opera can access any sites here, not just Facebook.

their recent actions seem to be killing the best [geek] browser and replacing it with some three-button fugazy, killing their mail service and the user community - not much to choose for if you ask me.

Well I was talking about things like supporting true open web standards, like the absence of and opposition to NaCl, etc.

The My Opera mail service and the social network will be closed, but the user community will continue in the forums and official blogs.

I too doubt that Opera 15+ is ever going to attract as many users again as it had up to version 12. Opera might have peaked at a market share of "only" around 2%, but that was still in the double-digit millions, and its user base was very loyal due to the unique set of features the browser offered. The power users, which they now so blatantly dismiss in official communications, were a large part of those 2%. Over the past year, they have completely alienated this established user base by removing most of those unique features. This user base has left almost completely by now, after their failure to deliver even on their most basic promises for the new browser. What's left would be new users, but as Azazel pointed out, why would they choose Opera over Chrome now? Under the hood it's the same, just with fewer features. The engine is the same, the interface is the same, the extensions are the same; maybe you'd prefer Opera if you like it's logo better, but other than that there really isn't much of a point anymore. They are both free, and Opera has nowhere near the resources to compete against Google in a browser marketing race.

Also, I don't think you can really refer to Opera's ideology and culture, or their innovating many now-common features, in this discussion anymore. All of this relates to the pre-v15 Opera Software. From what I hear, the development team that is working on the new Opera consists of almost none of the people who worked on the original version (and far fewer in total). I don't think the people you're giving merit by using the new Opera are who you think they are. Apart from the company name or logo, it doesn't really have much in common with the Opera of old anymore.

As for the bigger picture, "never rewrite your code from scratch" has been an iron law in software development probably for decades now. Apart from very specific, exceptional circumstances, it is always the wrong decision, because code turns out a certain way for a reason, and mostly what you'll achieve is just to repeat the entire painful, buggy growing and learning process, taking magnificently much longer than if you had refactored your existing code base. Opera aren't the first to make this mistake, but it's the latest major proof that the rule still holds.

[Edited by Anamon, February 03]

This user base has left almost completely by now

Nope, look the latest financial reports which include the number of users. They also observe more users are sticking with Opera instead of abandoning it after trying it for the first time.
http://my.opera.com/community/forums/findpost.pl?id=15143942

just with fewer features (...) the interface is the same

You're very uninformed or blind if you think that.
You can look my review in this site for example... Forum

From what I hear, the development team that is working on the new Opera consists of almost none of the people who worked on the original version (and far fewer in total)

You've been hearing from people spreading rumors and FUD.
"_Just to put an end to these rumors once and for all: The same people are still working on the desktop browser. Some of us have been here for more than 10 years. The difference, perhaps, is that we have more people now than we used to. That's how we can do proper integration on all platforms. We actually have the resources to do a properly integrated user interface now.

Of course, people come and go. There were several rounds of layoffs under Jon as well. That's life when you need to make money to stay in business.

I know that certain former employees have been spreading false rumors, helped by false information in the media, but it is perhaps time to listen to those who actually know what's going on._" - Haavard from Opera Software.

"never rewrite your code from scratch" has been an iron law in software development probably for decades now

So Opera is breaking the rules! Now it feels much more attractive and innovative. :)

Now it feels much more attractive and innovative. :)

Yeah, as innovative as Torch, Yandex Browser and a hell ton of other Chrome clones with plus-minus a few features.

Nope, look the latest financial reports which include the number of users.

The link you provided doesn't work, so I googled for the latest Opera Financial Report, Q4 2013. It says: "Desktop users reached 51 million by the end of 4Q13, down 7% versus the end of 4Q12." Yes, I overstated for dramatic effect, but people are leaving. I contrast this to your statement from 2-3 months ago where you expected Opera Next's userbase to surpass the highest that Opera 12 ever had.

As I said, Opera had a small but relatively notable and stable market share. I maintain my view that it was mainly power users who held that quota (and people who had power users set up their systems), and the reasons why those people chose Opera are no longer applicable to Opera Next. As the data in the financial reports doesn't seem to broken down by version of the client, forgive me for recognising the possibility that a considerable percentage of those 51 million users are ones who are still on Opera 12, and wouldn't consider switching to Next in its current state.

You're very uninformed or blind if you think that. You can look my review in this site for example...

I'm not relying on third-party information for this, but from being a heavy user of Chrome, and having been a heavy user of Opera up to version 12, while also having given my best effort to try and like/use several versions of Opera Next. Feature sets are a very subjective question, depending on what any given person has use for, so maybe there aren't objectively fewer features than in Chrome. But personally, I stand by my statement. The last time I gave Opera Next another go was with the intention of seeing whether I could use it to replace Chrome as my alternative browser beside Firefox. I'm sorry I don't remember the particular items I missed, but I ended up heavy-heartedly dismissing it as a viable alternative. I remember trying to find some advanced customisation options, unsuccessfully trying to achieve some things I missed compared to Chrome. I will take notes next time I give Opera Next a spin. (I'm sure I will. I'm still irrationally attached to the brand.)

What I do know objectively is the huge drop in functionality compared to classic Opera, where that was its unique selling point. That it takes time to reimplement stuff, as seems to be Opera's official stance, is no excuse -- it's one of the reasons why you don't do rewrites. You always lose more than you gain. Breaking rules of common business sense is not innovative, it's bad management.

Speed Dial is but slightly more configurable than in Chrome. Off-Road is just rebranded Turbo. That mouse gestures are still there is nice. Stash, if it's compatible with your browsing style. All the other features mentioned in your review are extremely minor, so forgive me for personally taking this as confirmation that there truly isn't that much else anymore. While the original Opera would have clearly been considered the more powerful, customizable, all-inclusive solution compared to Chrome (even if that would've made mainstream users rather stick to Chrome), there's no way you could say the same thing about Opera Next. It's the most radical change in what user base the product is targetted at. The problem is that the new market is already very crowded, including two of the most powerful and deep-pocketed corporations in the world, Google and Microsoft.

I searched around a bit about the internal Opera situation. There seems to have been some false information spread initially, then a corrective statement from Opera, then some cooler heads figured out that the truth lay somewhere in the middle. You seem to know more about this, so I'll believe you. In the end, it's not the number of coders that matter to the user, but the product they turn out. You'd have to forgive people for suspecting a much-reduced development team though -- classic Opera was a massive beast of a software (and I mean that in the most positive sense), while Opera Next feels mostly like a Chromium fork with minor improvements.

A well-intentioned tip: I hope you don't understand "integrated user interface" the way Google does, forcing their designed-for-touchscreen ChromeOS paradigm onto all platforms, overriding all native OS widgets and functionality. Another reason why I'm increasingly intent on ditching Chrome. Opera Next has so far steered clear of this usability fauxpas.

[Edited by Anamon, March 06]

"Desktop users reached 51 million by the end of 4Q13, down 7% versus the end of 4Q12." Yes, I overstated for dramatic effect, but people are leaving.
More people were leaving in the Presto days.

60 million in 1st quarter of 2012, 52 in 2nd quarter of 2013 - that was with Opera PRESTO, before 15 even existed.

I contrast this to your statement from 2-3 months ago where you expected Opera Next's userbase to surpass the highest that Opera 12 ever had. (...) As the data in the financial reports doesn't seem to broken down by version of the client, forgive me for recognising the possibility that a considerable percentage of those 51 million users are ones who are still on Opera 12
Check the Q4 2013 presentation, Opera 15+ already has more users than the Presto versions.
About the desktop browser they say "Major part of user base is now on the new product".

You also have to consider 15+ is not being delivered via auto-update so a lot of users don't even know about it. If it was we should be seeing an even higher adoption of 15+.

What I do know objectively is the huge drop in functionality compared to classic Opera, where that was its unique selling point.
The unique selling point that kept it at >2% market share? The one that made the user base fall long before Opera 15 appeared?

You'd have to forgive people for suspecting a much-reduced development team though -- classic Opera was a massive beast of a software
It took years for it to be built with all that features and people don't realize that.
Additionally they don't want to reintroduce all the features Opera had before, only the most relevant (subjective) and then keep on differentiating with other things.

So the numbers were already dropping before Next, I still don't see it making much of a difference. I would assume that in this case, the dwindling numbers were the reason why management decided it was time to do something, and the idea they came up with was a clean break and complete re-write. It was a bad idea, as evidenced by the fact that it didn't break their fall.

We'll have to take Opera's word at the ratio of v12 vs. v15+ users. And I just don't see many new people finding their way to Opera anymore, people who didn't already know it from Presto days. Not now that it is all but indistinguishable from Chrome, when the name Chrome is on everybody's tongue and in every newspaper, and the people who remember Opera from the days when the browser field was less crowded are few. So they had problems with their market share before the decision to go Next – my point is, they still had a relatively firm grip on the power user userbase, which they could have built on. Instead, they made the risky decision of stopping to consider them, and trying to enter a much bigger but extremely overcrowded market. It's a huge gamble that almost no one ever manages to make work for them.

It took years to build the classic Opera – I realise that, and that's exactly my point. They threw all of those years of experience and refinement in the bin. A complete rewrite is the wrong way even if you want to drastically reduce functionality – which in itself is usually a terrible idea, because features get introduced for a reason, and once people start using them they don't like them being taken away from them. You are very right that it is subjective which features are relevant, but all features will have been relevant to some users, and removing any single one loses you some users. Removing most previous unique features deals a big blow.

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I consider Opera discontinued

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Opera has turned into chrome-clone since ver15. Totally abandoned its previous browser engine. Removed everything for Opera to be unique and better than others. Since ver15 it is an unfinished chrome.

maybe its like that, but there is a whole difference between chrome and opera, not all the linux distros the same, they have something in common but differ anyway, Opera has specialists with better knowledge than me and you and other users, its not just because Blink is fast and popular, but because they find it the best engine for their next versions, thats all

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