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Opera has been around since 1995 and stands as the second-oldest web browser after Internet Explorer that currently in use. It runs on a Google Chromium system and is compatible across every platform and device. Although Opera is not the most popular desktop browser, it has an impressive set of features and security options.Read More
Opera is known for debuting original features that later become standard on other internet browsers. That includes tabbed browsing and built-in search. Opera remains ahead of the curve with a new integrated mail client, tab stacks, and one-click bookmarking. Moreover, it provides a tab-grouping mechanism which allows you to stack related tabs vertically rather than horizontally.
Opera features versatile multi-modal interaction as it’s possible to control virtually every aspect of browsing with a keyboard. And using voice commands, you can navigate the web and even make the browser read a text to you. It also supports mouse gestures that are similar to keyboard shortcuts. All these features make Opera an accessible browser for a wider range of users than many of its competitors.
Opera also offers security features that check websites for phishing schemes and malware. It uses advanced encryption when you open a secure website and allows for erasing all private data, such as cookies and browsing history. It’s helpful if you are browsing on a shared computer. However, you can customize security settings anytime, turning off the option to have the browser check each site you visit.
Although Opera is robust in terms of features, it noticeably lacks parental controls. This feature is not a necessity, but its inclusion would make the browser more suitable for family householders.
Opera browser has a brilliantly clean user interface that shares much of Chrome’s DNA. Both feature a hybrid URL/search bar, and both are relatively fast and light.
Its featherweight design emphasizes the content and not the browser. Although it may take you a bit of time to learn everything Opera is capable of, it’s intuitive and easy to use once you become familiar with all the advantages.
Opera is stepping up usability-wise thanks to the built-in features, such as ad-blocker and “Stash,” which saves a page for later reading. So, with Opera, there is no need to sign up for Evernote or Pocket account. Plus, Opera has a speed dial menu that puts all your most frequently visited web pages in one place. Chrome does it only on a blank new page.
Opera boasts competitive launch, page load times and comprehensive user support. These capabilities would make it a first-rate internet browser if not for some compatibility issues.
The compatibility across the net takes a hit based on each site's browser sniffing. Many websites are outdated so that they may block Opera entirely.
Cross-platform use 5/5
Opera browser is compatible with Windows, Mac OS, and Linux.
Opera is a free application and doesn’t offer any in-app purchases.
Opera is an excellent browser with a clean interface and multiple useful built-in features such as ad-blocker and Stash.
Its compatibility issues could be the deciding factor for many prospective users, but more and more websites become compatible with Opera each day. Moreover, Opera manages to stay on par with the competition with its robust feature set, rapid speeds, and advanced security protocols.Collapse
Opera is a fast, secure, and feature-rich browser worthy of your consideration.
Pros : Clean and intuitive UI;
Competitive navigation speeds.
Cons : No parental controls;
Compatibility issues with some sites.
Cross-platform use 5.0