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Opera, I think, doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Maybe it’s the marketing, maybe people remember just the old days when Opera was shareware.  Today we’re going to look at Opera Beta build 10.00 1, also dubbed as “˜Turbo’.

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Opera, today, is closed source and distributed as freeware. It has a very clean and simple interface, while still supporting a wide range of extensions which enhances its default capabilities. Accessing the “˜Panels’, which contain bookmarks, history, widgets, notes and transfers, is a single click affair to the main bar “˜wrench’ icon. If you’re used to keyboard shortcuts like “˜Ctrl+B’, don’t worry, Opera supports most of them.

Opera Turbo is faster at start-up than Firefox 3.1, with an average 5 tab cold start-up at 3.1 seconds compared to 3.9 seconds. Chrome 2.01, by far the fastest, started in just 2.1 seconds. Testing was done 3 times on a Windows XP SP3 machine with a 2,4Ghz single core AMD Turion 64 and 1GB RAM.

Looking at the release notes for this build of Opera Beta, I can tell you that if you’re looking for cutting edge innovation and performance, you might not find it here. The so-called “˜turbo’ mode is just an implementation of their mobile web caching technology that is used for Opera Mobile to slim down download sizes for web pages. And the result isn’t exactly usable in some cases. Graphics intensive websites are literally transformed into something not very eye-catching. While this may help in low bandwidth situations, it’s not where the world is going.

Other features worth mentioning are:

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  • Speed Dial, familiar to Chrome, IE8 or Safari 3 users, shows thumbnails of your most visited websites when you open a new tab. Opera let’s you manually choose which pages you want to appear.
  • Opera Link, similar to Foxmarks, synchronizes your bookmarks, Speed Dial and notes over multiple desktops or mobile devices. “In Opera write a note – copy directions, create shopping lists or jot down anything you need to remember – and access it on any Opera browser by simply logging in.”
  • Security also gets a boost, with a 3 step authentication method for websites and phishing/malware protection from 3 providers: NetCraft, PhishingTank and Haute Secure.
  • 100/100 score in the Acid 3 test. An improved javascript engine to come in a future version.

Opera, like its open source counterpart, Firefox, is very customizable: extensions, themes and now widgets. However, I think the Opera Widgets should be removed because it duplicates the functionality of more advanced, versatile software, which is integrated into virtually every mainstream operating system.

Opera has come a long way since I first met it, version 6, I remember. It survived on the market for 13 years, and still does have some marketshare. I think it will gradually lose those die-hard fans to Google Chrome or to Firefox. Why? Because it seems to me that they’ve been treading water more or less for the past 2 years, not bringing true innovation to the table. But Opera will still be there as long as OEM’s integrate it in their mobile phones, gaming devices and set-top boxes. An estimate puts mobile versions of Opera at 40 million devices.

It’s your turn now, so tell us in the comments what you think about Opera and how could the developers improve it to win you as a fan.

  1. promo
    February 2, 2010 at 3:43 am

    It's really interesting, people! I'm impressed!

  2. stok
    January 18, 2010 at 4:45 am

    nice post buddy! thanks!

  3. Zimbabalim
    October 22, 2009 at 4:07 am

    "Graphics intensive websites are literally transformed into something not very eye-catching. While this may help in low bandwidth situations, it’s not where the world is going."

    This is rubbish, I was looking for a browser for the little netbook I take overseas and sometimes have to connect via a mobile phone. Having access to this feature and the ability to toggle images without digging into the preferences is very useful. Kudos to Opera for extending the mobile concept to the 'desktop'. The world is going online, and most of it is low bandwidth.

  4. mchlbk
    August 3, 2009 at 7:24 am

    I need my Firefox addons. Once Opera develops decent addon support I'll consider it as my main browser but right now it looks like Chrome will get there first.

  5. corey
    June 23, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    what is the fastest search engine fire fox or ect.? I need help to fimd the fastest engine can anybody help me out?

  6. Alphawave
    June 4, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    I am a strong proponent of Opera and have used it for 10+ years. The mouse gesture, 'rocking left to right buttons' to go forward, or 'rocking right to left' to go back are extreme time savers. Also, the 'search within page', by simply pressing the 'slash' key and typing a search word, beats all other browsers in speed. Other browsers don't even come close to Opera in customization. For example, to move tabs to bottom of screen, simply right-click and choose 'bottom'. Try that with Firefox (or IE).

    While I also use Firefox, I hate the fact that every time a new version comes out, extensions quit working! I constantly have to wait for the authors to re-write their code to work with the new Firefox model. With Opera, all 'extensions' that I need or use are already built-in, and they 'just work' in each new version of Opera.

    As a power user, I find Opera beats all the other browsers. I've also noticed that when someone bashes Opera, it's because they have no idea what it is capable of.

  7. raider_rava
    May 29, 2009 at 4:53 am

    Oh damn, what on earth is failfox? Firefox is the best browser...

  8. Ivo
    April 25, 2009 at 11:23 am

    What Opera is truly magnificent in is delivering an extremely comfortable user experience and incredibly powerful browsing capabilities once you learn a few of its conventions. No, it's not like your Firefox, so don't whine around about it or tell me that if I just install 15 firefox plugins I can get the same functionality in some area. With Opera harvesting the fruit of the Internet can be done extremely quickly and with almost no user effort.

    Imagine a browser where you just ctrl+shift click 10 items to examine them in a new tab. By the time you've finished clicking on the links most of the tabs are already loaded. Found what you wanted? Then you can just dispose of those tabs you don't need with mouse gestures (takes a fraction of a second and you don't need to pay any attention at what you're doing). Closed one you still needed? Just ctrl+z and it's back. Screen getting full of useless tabs? ctrl+alt+w and they're all gone. Computer/Browser crashed? Just restart the browser and you're back at where you were in a matter of seconds.

    This whole scenario can be achieved with minimum effort in less than a minute. Yes, Opera is blazing fast and all this functionality is pre-built into the browser.

    You will appreciate the speed and ease of navigation with multiple tabs and minimum effort if your work involves using a lot of web interfaces and running multiple work threads at the same time.

    Opera is and has always been at the forefront of browser innovation. Many features you see in modern browsers have been implemented inside Opera for years before that - tabbed browsing, customizable search in the toolbar, mouse gestures, full page zooming, speed dial, keeping track of and reopening closed tabs with a single click.

  9. Dapxin
    April 13, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    I agree. Mouse Gestures was the thing I tried in 2000 and found myself reading the entire Opera help manual.

    See tutorials here http://www.opera.com/browser/tutorials/gestures/

    And your browsing will never be the same again...

    • Mr. I
      April 13, 2009 at 12:54 pm

      Don't remind me of mouse gestures. When I got ineternet connection last year, I had FireFox as browser (mainly because of Google's backing up). One day I read about Opera mouse gestures and now, the "Back", "Forward" and many other navigation buttons lie useless in navigation bar!

      • lolzords
        June 3, 2009 at 5:58 am

        Why not remove them and browse faster then? Using a browser without mouse gestures is almost crippling for me now

  10. Dapxin
    April 13, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Its not just Opera fans that are taken with the article.

    Its the fact that you make so much of unresearched claims that kinda exposes your bias.

    As I said, Opera like all other browsers got their + and -
    but to go so far as say Opera has stagnated regarding innovation is completely hilarious.

    Opera's been the engine room of browser innovation in the last 3-5years. no exemptions.

  11. Stefan Neagu
    April 13, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    This article has certainly got a lot of attention and I'm sorry that some Opera fans feel I misjudged it. I promise to take another in-depth look at Opera 10 once it reaches release candidate status.

    • Shree Mulay
      April 13, 2009 at 12:16 pm

      Thank You, Stefan! YOU'RE ARTICLE IS WONDERFUL! If we can get the message across to everyone else, somehow - one person at a time, we may eventually see a revolution. Somehow, I'm certain that you may very well even end up a die hard Opera Addict. DON'T BELIEVE ME? Just do me a favor - enable the mouse gestures and start using them. It's a single feature that is enough to get you addicted to Opera. You'll feel sooooo irritated using anything else after this, God willing!

  12. MK
    April 13, 2009 at 9:54 am

    I use a lot of built-in function in Opera.

    Shift+G and Shift+I: When you feel like browsing the Internet w/o the distraction.

    Right click > Block Contents: Hey I can block ads w/o installing any add-on. And if that isn't enough;

    F12: Turn off Java and JavaScript. And easily toggle proxy servers on and off.

    Customized Search: Yeah one for Google Images, one for Flickr, one for Compfigt, one for my own blog, and many many more.

    M2 Client: Get noticed about new mails w/o having another external app open. Neat.

    Duplicate tab: Guess Firefox can't do this, huh? Even Google cloned this feature.

    Wand: Auto-fill form information.

    Opera Link: Have my bookmarks, notes, search, speed dial across computers and operating system.

    Theme: Change it, w/o having to restart the browser! OMG.

    Shift+Arrow Keys: Mouseless browsing.

    Notes: Save this comment, in case my Internet connection got interrupted. So I can copy it again.

    Ah, endless possibilities...

    • Shree Mulay
      April 13, 2009 at 12:21 pm

      what does "Shift+G and Shift+I" do?

      • MK
        April 13, 2009 at 12:31 pm

        @Shree:

        Shift+G toggle images on and off.
        Shift+I put you in the author mode, no CSS. Like reading feeds.

  13. Martín Aberastegue
    April 13, 2009 at 9:52 am

    @Edward de Leau

    The reason why Opera is maybe missing the "buzz" on the thousands of weblogs with post like "top 10 extensions.." and "10 ways to speed up.." is because it will be very unusual to need an extension to make something on Opera, bc it's already built-in, and only failfox users needs to speed up their browser. I'm actually running my Opera with almost 73 tabs, and only consuming 232mb on ram, if I start failfox with only 36 of the 73 pages I've opened on my Opera it consume around 273mb of my memory!!

    @Shree Mulay
    What I use to group tabs is starting kindda a work around, I don't actually use the tab bar, I use the windows view on my sidebar, so I can start multiple instances of Opera and group them by topic or like work vs fun. Just press ctrl+N and it will open a new Opera window. See pic:
    http://i40.tinypic.com/34imxyx.jpg
    And you have a search field, so you can do a quick search for a specific tab in a second.

    • Shree Mulay
      April 13, 2009 at 12:20 pm

      Hey Martin! Thanks! I saw your linked pic. I have a question, though. How do you exit Opera? When you close a window, don't all the tabs open in that just closed window permanently close along with it? How can you save those respective tabs to be opened at a later date? I'm a bit scared to experiment since I've got too many tabs open (is there a convenient place to get the total number of open tabs?), and I don't wanna' lose any of them...

      • Mr. I
        April 13, 2009 at 12:33 pm

        Shree, Here's how to do it:

        Go to Tools --> Preferences. First option is Startup. From menu, select Continue from Last Time. This will open last open tabs atstartup.

        If you want to save all tabs to open at another dat, use File --> Sessions --> Save This Session. Give it a name. To open, go to File --> Sessions --> Manage Sessions. Select saved session, and open!

        Hope that helped!

        • Martín Aberastegue
          April 13, 2009 at 1:33 pm

          Shree, Mr I. just answered the question. You will never lose a tab on Opera, you can save them using sessions or if your PC/Opera crashes or you experiment a poweroutage, Opera will always save your las session, including the email you were writing :P (in case you use the mail client built in on Opera).

          You can too select which session to start when you run the browser after a crash.

  14. Edward de Leau
    April 12, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    For the past many years i have installed, deinstalled, installed, deinstalled opera for many times. Somehow whats left (now) on my system is IE (preinstalled for work), chrome (when i use the html editor in firefox i need some other browser to look up things) and firefox because i have many extensions i want on it. And now and then i install opera, to look how my websites look and I really really want to keep it installed but somehow after a while when i do a cleanup i delete it again.

    i think wat opera is missing is the "buzz", the tens of thousands of weblogs re-buzzing each and single "top 10 extensions for..." and "10 ways to speed up firefox" postings. Maybe its that.

    I dont know why I keep deinstalling it, somehow I miss the "essential need" for the tool.

    So basically I have the same question as the author despite the "feature this feature that" discussion, because I really would like to keep it but somehow i don't.

  15. Trump6
    April 12, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Oh come on. All the other browsers (especially safari) have copied operas features. OPERA is the one doing the innovating.

  16. Shree Mulay
    April 12, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    On another note, I'd like to take this opportunity to point out that Opera is a complete INTERNET application suite!

    Opera does:

    1) FTP Client
    2) IRC Chat Client
    3) Email Client
    4) NewGroups Client
    5) RSS Feeds Client
    6) Javascript TESTING
    7) Web Development Engine
    8) Web Browsing
    9) FULL CUSTOMIZATION
    10) SKINNING!
    11) Widgets

    The list is ENDLESS! And, it's also FULLY synchronizable, too! All of this, AND MORE! And, what's the installation size????
    On another note, I'd like to take this opportunity to point out that Opera is a complete INTERNET application suite!

    Opera does:

    1) FTP Client
    2) IRC Chat Client
    3) Email Client
    4) NewGroups Client
    5) RSS Feeds Client
    6) Javascript TESTING
    7) Web Development Engine
    8) Web Browsing
    9) FULL CUSTOMIZATION
    10) SKINNING!
    11) Widgets

    The list is ENDLESS! And, it's also FULLY synchronizable, too! All of this, AND MORE! And, what's the installation size????

    5.36 MB

    What's Firefox's or Chrome's installation size? Is it at all comparable?

    Opera's Installation Program: 5.36 MB

    What's Firefox's or Chrome's installation program size? Is it at all comparable?

    • Shree Mulay
      April 13, 2009 at 12:03 am

      oh, and I forgot; It's also got a built in bittorrent client. Do any of the others have that??? do they? huh?

    • Shree Mulay
      April 13, 2009 at 12:04 am

      and it's also got a built in bittorrent client, too!

  17. lulz
    April 12, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Today we’re going to look at Opera Beta build 10.00 1, also dubbed as ‘Turbo’.

    CLUELESS ALERT!

    Opera 10 is at the ALPHA or PRE-ALPHA stage. No beta has been released.

    Opera Turbo is not the name of a beta build, it's the name of the compression technique used by Opera.

    • lulz
      April 12, 2009 at 12:38 pm

      Oh, and ALPHA means NOT FEATURE COMPLETE. Which means that more features are likely coming before Opera 10 is finished.

  18. lulz
    April 12, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    I think it will gradually lose those die-hard fans to Google Chrome or to Firefox. Why? Because it seems to me that they’ve been treading water more or less for the past 2 years, not bringing true innovation to the table.

    Epic fail.

    Opera has more than doubled its desktop user base in those two years. Actually, less than two years.

    No innovation in two years? Are you drunk? You must be.

  19. Ragnar
    April 12, 2009 at 10:28 am

    I love Opera. it's my main browser and many of the features are actually so easy to use, that i find myself trying to use them in wondows as well, and failing.
    fast forward is a great funcion. mouse gestures, i love them! i have 24 tabs in my speed dial. the built in RSS reader is nice.

    i don't really care about an extra second of start up, or if it takes a little longer (a second or two) to load a web page, i'm happy enough with it. what counts is the user experience, and, for my taste, opera delivers a "better" one.

    but, and it's a little sad that that's a true fact, some pages won't work properly in opera or integration with other programs isn't there (e.g. Evernote has a great add on for firefox but nothing for opera and i don't like the web-clipper solution. Lastpass is a great service, but..again, no opera add-on)

    so, i have firefox on my machine as well. i use it, i like it. but not as my main browser.

    i, personally can't understand how people can see the browsers as "mutually exclusive" and be "fan-boy-ish" about it. i know it shouldn't be that way, but, web standards is just a word and many pages don't comply, that's what gives opera such problems.
    be happy with your browser but don't belittle others. i'm sure the developers would roll in their graves if they read through all this (well..okay, the developers aren't dead...but...hey...can't let a good figure of speech pass just like that)

    end of the line. opera is great, but has some draw backs, firefox is cool but lacks in certain areas.
    i'm happy using both (oh, and thunderbird + lightning rocks in the email department!)

    • lulz
      April 12, 2009 at 1:16 pm

      What do you mean "takes longer to load a web page"? It's well known that Opera is probably the fastest browser when loading actual web pages (not just artificial JS benchmarks)!

      • Ragnar
        April 12, 2009 at 7:09 pm

        dammit, i should read through my posts with a lottle more attention (i bet i won't do it with this one, again)

        anyway, that was bad wording, you're absolutely right, opera loads faster. i was caught up in the words between the lines, writing out my thoughts without enough reference as to what exactly i was thinking of.

        the sentence you mean is just a generalization of two points regarding both firefox and opera (opera loading faster, and firefox being slower than opera) which are often cornerstones of fanboy arguments (i consider myself a fanboy as well! but i'm a peaceful fanboy, not dogmatic)

        anyway, hope i set it straight.

        cheers

  20. Mr. I
    April 12, 2009 at 10:23 am

    Research? This is research: "I think the Opera Widgets should be removed because it duplicates the functionality of more advanced, versatile software, which is integrated into virtually every mainstream operating system."?

    OK, so you mean that the widgets I use day to day are integrated into some Operating System?

    Take a look at some I use:
    1. PageRank: Allows me to check PageRank of any web page without visiting any site.
    2. Twitter: Opera's Twitter Widget.
    3. Ruler: Lets me measure height and width of any element on screen when I am busy fitting elements into sidebar. Not only Opera, but measures outside elemests as well.
    4. Domain Search: Lets me see if a .com or .net domain is available.
    5. Google Translator: Translates languages.
    6. Yopmail: Takes me directly to a spam-free yopmail inbox.
    7. Multi-GMail: Checks multiple mail inboxes and notifies of any new mails.

    I would request you to please use your advanced knowledge of internet and research and find me a mainstream OS that has these features. I would be very thankful!

    • Stefan Neagu
      April 12, 2009 at 1:45 pm

      I concede to your argument. Indeed, Opera has some advanced, useful addons, but most of them also exist as Firefox addons or as Windows/Mac widgets. Aside the Twitter widget, there's nothing original on that list.

      • lulz
        April 12, 2009 at 4:03 pm

        It doesn't have to be original. That wasn't his point.

        Most useful Firefox extensions already exist in Opera or can mostly be achieved using widgets, custom menus, User JS or similar. That doesn't mean that Firefox extensions are irrelevant.

      • Mr. I
        April 13, 2009 at 9:07 am

        I am not talking about innovation or anything here. I am just disagreeing on: "I think the Opera Widgets should be removed".

        And by the way, if we go on removing duplicate things as said in article ("Widgets should be removed because it duplicates the functionality"), I guess only thing left in Firefox will be its original Gecko engine! Most of other things are plain copies!

  21. ZHU
    April 12, 2009 at 9:10 am

    I myself had been a user of MakeUseOf.Com.

    I am also wondering why Opera has such low marketshare. People just treat 'Firefox' as the good one and finding excuses NOT to use Opera.

    Hmm... nonetheless, I feel the Article seriously needs to be re-done because quite some features in other Browsers are taken from Opera.

    The SMARTbar of Firefox somehows got inspired by Opera's. The Chrome's startpage is ripped off from Opera's SpeedDial.

    The only thing that now makes Opera special is its own's old mouse gestures.

  22. Shree Mulay
    April 12, 2009 at 7:36 am

    Forget about Mouse Gestures! THAT'S ANCIENT NEWS! The latest INNOVATION from Opera is Face Gestures! Check em out @ http://my.opera.com/community/blog/face-the-future

    ;)

  23. Shree Mulay
    April 12, 2009 at 7:11 am

    One place where Opera would be able to innovate would be the ability to group tabs together under a main subject tab, eh... I'd LOVE to see them do that! That would really aid my research. And, I could store those main header tabs elsewhere, and reopen them and all the underlying mini tabs that link to various websites, etc...

    • Shree Mulay
      April 12, 2009 at 7:33 am

      Posted a feature request at the Opera community forums! I hope you guys would vote there, as well! Thanks!
      http://my.opera.com/community/forums/topic.dml?id=272949

    • gary
      April 12, 2009 at 8:42 am

      im not completely sure if this is what you're talking about but the opera sessions features allows you to save all your tabs in their current state, and come back to them at a later time, check it out it may be just what you were talking about.

      • Shree Mulay
        April 12, 2009 at 9:27 am

        I'd like to be able to have access to multiple "sessions" within one window. Get what I mean??? And be able to store and retrieve as I require them, without having to restart my browser. What if I've already got 50 tabs open, and I want to split 'em into different sessions? How would I go about doing that? Well, I guess I could drag those tabs off to another browser window and then save that session, eh??? Is that so?

    • Rarst
      April 12, 2009 at 9:35 am

      Sessions seems like they may be fit for you. Myself I just group bookmarks in folder and open whole folder in bulk when I need it.

  24. NightCrawler
    April 12, 2009 at 2:55 am

    I have been using opera for almost ten years now, always been one of the fastest and one of the first to introduce tab browsing. But since the last version, it crashes on vista ultimate for apparently no reason. I've still not found a fix for it. now using chrome, which pales in comparison, honestly speaking, waiting for next stable version to come out.

    • Dapxin
      April 12, 2009 at 7:06 am

      @above,

      If Opera crashes on you (stable 9.64 ?) then its got to be ur OS or something.

      Have you posted in the opera forums ?

      • Mr. I
        April 12, 2009 at 10:25 am

        I agreee. I am using 9.64 and its extremely stable. Maybe people at forums may help you.

  25. oupsemma
    April 12, 2009 at 12:37 am

    "but does anyone actualy use the voice control or mouse gestures?"

    These features are essential to people with visual impairment; worldwide, millions persons are having vision problems and are relying on that!
    Have a look at the edifying statistics: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs282/en/
    And it's not going to slow down in occidental countries (overeating --> diabetes)

  26. Dapxin
    April 12, 2009 at 12:17 am

    Has to be the most retarded piece of Opera bashing I have read!

    The claims in here are so dumb it baffles. The most staggering that Opera is dead to innovation, whereas the most celebrated browser features in the last 5 years were basically implemented in Opera as a first.

    1. Awesome bar(FF) - Opera introduced it first.
    2. Speeddial.
    3. Opera link ( Foxmarks)

    That's just three.

    Opera Turbo may not shine on your broadband, but just do a google search 1st, reasearch isnt hard, is it?

    Firefox does have its merits, dont get me wrong, but you can't be serious to say Opera is a deadlink...

  27. pulblic_opinion
    April 11, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    Not bringing true innovation? Are you seriously ? Have you actually done ANY research whatsoever? Many features that Firefox copies were originally developed and refined in Opera. If Opera adopts plugins or add-ons Firefox is history. I never had to change the default browser. Failfox installed and uninstalled. MakeUseOf will not survive and Opera where just there, want to bet ? MakeUseOf you’ve lost the trust of a reader...

    • Stefan Neagu
      April 12, 2009 at 7:04 am

      I said, in 'the last few years', read more carefully before insulting someone! I don't deny that Opera innovated some cool things but that has stagnated!

      • lulz
        April 12, 2009 at 12:36 pm

        I don’t deny that Opera innovated some cool things but that has stagnated!

        You are wrong, then. Firefox's awesome bar? Ripped off from Opera. Chrome and Safari's top sites feature? Ripped off from Opera. And so it continues... Just look at the feature list for Safari 4. It's like looking at a list of existing Opera features!

  28. gary
    April 11, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    agree totally with the person above, and the only way to see any benefit from the turbo is to severely throttle your connection to 100kBps probably less than that, opera advertises it just as so because a lot of its user-base is in eastern Europe as well as south America and don't have the connections we take for granted. anyway opera has always been the first to implement new technologies, so it seems as if you didn't do your research when you spoke of speed dial and opera link which were on opera years before anyone else mimicked their functionality.

    • Stefan Neagu
      April 11, 2009 at 11:57 pm

      See the answer I posted to another user concerned about what Opera innovated. Maybe the phrase came out too strong, but does anyone actualy use the voice control or mouse gestures? And the rendering engine is a million times more important that the Speed Dial.

      • gary
        April 12, 2009 at 12:56 am

        voice control i'll give that to you, but ask anyone who has used mouse gestures they are a huge time saver once you give them a serious try

        and p.s. in the reply on innovation you forgot tabs opera had them in 1999

        • Stefan Neagu
          April 12, 2009 at 7:02 am

          That's 10 years ago!

      • lulz
        April 12, 2009 at 12:34 pm

        @Stefan Neagu

        Why are you only mentioning voice control or mouse gestures?

        What about popup blocking, speed dial, the search field that is now standard in most browsers, etc.? Oh, I get it. Just because they don't match YOUR ignorance doesn't make them worth mentioning!

        And I haven't even mentioned the engine innovations, such as the market-leading SVG support...

  29. Martin Aberastegue
    April 11, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    I think the guy who wrote this is article didn't a research about Opera before writing this.

    Mr Research: you neither do, Opera supports userscripts since years, you can use it to change the behavior of the browser, and supports skins so you can change the look. And you can add your own style sheets (CSS) to change the look and design for any website.

    Before writing about software, make sure you made a correct research.

    Here you have a link so you can check when earch feature was implemented by Opera:
    http://www.opera.com/docs/history/
    , and obviously copied then by Firefox, Chrome and Safari.

  30. Howard Pearce
    April 11, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Opera , in my opinion, made a bad turn when they started making changes mostly to satisfy their geek users rather than those looking for ease of use in browsing.
    To this day, Opera has refused to include logging and /silence into their IRC module (considered fairly standard on most IRC) and has gone for widgets to give their geeks something to do, and their opera tools for web designers or whatever.

    • Rarst
      April 11, 2009 at 5:08 pm

      Care to name what is more complex in browsing process in Opera comparing to other browsers? :)

      Because IRC has so nothing to do with browsing.

    • lulz
      April 12, 2009 at 12:32 pm

      LOL, this Howard Pearce character is weird.

      Logging? Logging IS a GEEK FEATURE! No "normal" users care about logging.

      Also, this is about BROWSERS, not chat clients.

  31. Gav
    April 11, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    To be fair both the reviewer and N_P are right, Opera has implemented new items for its time, the Speed-Dial alone made me switch some time ago when it first came out, but the increased advances made by Firefox were simply too good to ignore.

    I still have Opera installed for testing (web development purposes) but Chrome & Firefox are main primary browsers.

    NB Opera's browser for the mobile market still rocks and in my view is the primary reason they still exist.

    • lulz
      April 12, 2009 at 12:31 pm

      NB Opera’s browser for the mobile market still rocks and in my view is the primary reason they still exist.

      Complete and utter nonsense. Their desktp user base has more than doubled in less than two years. Last quarter, Opera's desktop revenue increased by more than 100%.

      Opera is making good money off of the desktop version.

  32. Jon
    April 11, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    I agree with N_P. To say Opera has stagnated because it has not brought true innovation is just wrong.

    For one, they were the first to introduce a system like "speed-dial" which you describe as being familiar to rival browsers who were simply emulating Opera's innovation.

  33. Mr. Research
    April 11, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Never heard of extensions for Opera. Widgets are a bit different, they don`t change the behavior & look of the browser (like Firefox addons). And widgets are nothing new in Opera 10.

  34. N_P
    April 11, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Not bringing true innovation?

    Have you actually done ANY research whatsoever? Many features that Failfox copies were originally devloped and refined in Opera.

    Congratulations MakeUseOf you've lost a reader

    • Titanium Pen
      April 11, 2009 at 11:29 pm

      Oh damn, what on earth is failfox? Firefox is the best browser!

    • Stefan Neagu
      April 11, 2009 at 11:53 pm

      Yes, Opera has created some new features:
      *MDI interfaces
      *voice-controlled browsing and reading
      *mouse gestures
      and the speed dial.
      But do you actually use any of these? I don't even use the speed dial. Now, what WebKit & Chrome is doing with the underlying rendering/JS engine technology, that's innovation.

      • Shree Mulay
        April 12, 2009 at 1:02 am

        I ACTUALLY USE ALL OF THE FEATURES!!! It's so easy to add search engines and to make them customizable, etc. I think you need to give Opera another look, other than just reviewing it's feature list. Once you start ACTUALLY using the mouse gestures, when you open up any other browser, you find yourself irritated. Have you tried right clicking and moving the scroll wheel to jump tabs? You should...

        What about the total resource footprint! IT KILLS ALL THE REST OF THEM, INCLUDING CHROME! Try opening up 50 tabs and let me know which of the three (not including IE) browsers runs stable for you; And loads stable. Compare the memory footprint. Compare the CPU Usage.

        Chrome has an one serious advantage on one front; It's Ajax (JavaScript) rendering capabilities are phenomenally fast! There's no comparison in using Facebook on Chrome with anyone else (including Opera)!

        If you want to criticize opera, it is in one region. It's printing feature is full of HARDCORE glitches!

        The only reason I used Firefox for too many years instead of Opera was because opera USED to not have any support for StumbleUpon. But when the day came that it would take 15 minutes for all 50 of my tabs to load in FireFox, I switched back to Opera, which did it in 3 minutes and less! And it rarely crashed in comparison to FireFox. Today, we now find support for StumbleUpon in Opera, as well!

        That's my $0.02 USD.

      • Rarst
        April 12, 2009 at 4:03 am

        Underlying technology is pile of marketing crap at current stage. Improvements are on margins hardly noticeable by human being (those benchmarks are usually comparing freaking milliseconds) and page load times are way higher on absolutely most of pages than rendering times.

        It will be important in the future but hardly important at moment.

        Oh and Opera does have new JS engine in development. Do damn research.

        • Stefan Neagu
          April 12, 2009 at 7:06 am

          Rarst, it says in my article that a new JS engine is coming in the new version.

        • Rarst
          April 12, 2009 at 9:33 am

          Sorry, read post previous day, must've slipped me. But in relation to comment thread - why are you crediting Chrome as huge engine innovator when it doesn't do anything special in that field?

          Every browser grows through engine upgrades and changes.

          So why "here are Opera innovations no one is using and here are Chrome innovation that is awesome" position? :)

      • Mr. I
        April 12, 2009 at 10:15 am

        If you don't use something, it doen't mean whole world doesn't use it!

        Mouse Gestures? I use them! And guess what, in time you move your mouse to to that back/new tab icon, I can perform that thrice with mouse gestures.

        Speed Dial, I use it because I have to go to my wordpress dashboard multiple times a day for administration.

        "Who Uses them anyway?" Huh!

        • jiMMy
          June 22, 2009 at 1:45 pm

          why move to back icon when i can right-mouse-click and select "back" - unless you are on mac

  35. Maleman
    April 11, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    When I try to select text in OPERA with photos and then press CTRL-C to copy, ONLY the Text part seems to be copied when I paste. Other browsers seem to have no difficulty copying what I want to be copied then pasted. I am doing something wrong here or hasn't the opera people got the message?

  36. Rarst
    April 11, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    "I think it will gradually lose those die-hard fans to Google Chrome or to Firefox"

    Yet somehow Opera user base keeps increasing each year.

    Millions users, millions net profit... I think they are doing just fine. :)

    • Stefan Neagu
      April 11, 2009 at 11:50 pm

      Compare Firefox which jumped 18% from 3,5% and Opera in the same period gained just 0,20% (2004-2006).

      • Rarst
        April 12, 2009 at 3:49 am

        So what? Is my browsing in Opera somehow worse from the fact that I can't boast using browser with big marketshare?

        Ops, sorry - I am from country where Opera has estimated 40% share. It's curious what users choose when they are bit isolated from Firefox marketing. :)

      • lulz
        April 12, 2009 at 12:28 pm

        "Compare Firefox which jumped 18% from 3,5% and Opera in the same period gained just 0,20% (2004-2006)."

        Blatant lie. Opera has doubled its market share in Europe alone since late 2008! In many European countries it has a market share of 20-50%.

        Stop relying on useless stats from the liars at Net Applications:

        http://tinyurl.com/netapplies

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