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Opera Next 15 Beta is here, providing sneak peek into the next stable version of the browser. Opera 15’s user interface has been slimmed down with an Omnibox-like bar on top for typing in Web addresses and search. The combined address and search bar gives you a choice of search engines and search suggestions to speed up your browsing.

Speed Dial, Opera’s signature feature, has been refurbished with a brighter look. A simple drag and drop will help you arrange your shortcuts into folders and you can drill down into the mass of shortcuts with a search. Two new features – “Discover” and “Stash” have also been introduced.

Discover is an automatic content aggregator with 13 categories in 32 languages for you to browse and discover what’s breaking in news and entertainment. Stash is a novel feature, and as the name indicates, is a way to temporarily bundle together a bunch of tabs and open them all with a single click. Stash comes with its own resizable preview and search. Opera’s Turbo Mode has been “rebranded” as “Opera Off-Road” with a promise of faster loading speeds.

Despite these significant UI changes, the biggest change is found under the hood. Opera has turned a corner and dropped its age-old Presto Web page rendering engine and has gone for WebKit, the engine used by Safari and Google Chrome. Opera 15 is still in beta and is in continuous development, so do expect to see the finishing touches being applied as user feedback comes in.

What do you think of the revamped Opera 15?

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Source: My Opera

  1. Pranav Mahajan
    June 3, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    I have a never used opera on mobile
    so does the off road feature really work
    does it fasten load time and download

  2. 1hegame
    May 30, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    Opera will be second most popular web browser in the world. It just needs to improve and improve.

  3. macwitty
    May 30, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Nice to see Opera is keeping up the good work!

  4. Jonathan Bailey
    May 29, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    It's worth noting that, technically, the new Opera is using the Blink rendering engine. Not Webkit. Google recently forked Webkit and Chrome/Opera are using their version, Blink and Apple is continuing with Webkit in its mobile/desktop browsers.

    It's a minor difference and a nitpick to be certain, but it's interesting to see Opera throw its hat so far into the wring with Google.

    • Saikat Basu
      May 31, 2013 at 7:54 am

      True. It will be interesting to see how each fares head-to-head with regards to page load speeds and CPU utilization.

  5. murlidhar
    May 29, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    No Linux version yet :(

    • Paul G
      June 6, 2013 at 12:42 am

      Their website says they are testing the bugs on the Windows version and then launching the Linux version!

  6. Adam Campbell
    May 29, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    This version of Opera is incredible. I like it over chrome mostly because of its better download capability and UI.

  7. Edd
    May 29, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    I'd try it. And definitely it needs a lot of work... The load of the pages is ridiculously slow.

    • Paul G
      June 6, 2013 at 12:44 am

      @ the moment, it is a mix of Beta and Alpha behaviors so I am staying away for a few months!

  8. Rajaa Chowdhury
    May 29, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    I do not know, why Opera is not pronounced in the same breath as IE, Chrome or FireFox. It is light, superfast and a competent browser and has been here for ages (around 18 years now). Somehow the name was more prevalent during the 90s and had more visibility compared to the new Millenium. Still it has over 300 million users.

    • likefunbutnot
      May 29, 2013 at 6:03 pm

      I'm allergic to the Opera web browser in general because it eschewed established UI conventions and keyboard shortcuts on its desktop product. Ad blocking (a must-have feature for my web experience) on Opera in general is a PITA and to the best of my knowledge not functional at all on Opera Mobile.

      IE/Safari get their position by dint of their position as crummy default browsers on various OSes. Firefox and Chrome get theirs for offering generally better browsing experiences for specific values of "better browsing".

      What's Opera bringing to the table, especially now that it's just another Webkit implementation?

      • dragonmouth
        May 30, 2013 at 8:04 pm

        If by "established UI conventions" you mean ones popularized by IE, then I am not surprised that Opera does not use them. Opera is way more W3C standards compliant then IE or Safari.

        • Saikat Basu
          May 31, 2013 at 7:53 am

          Couldn't agree with you more. Many of the features we take for granted today, were introduced by Opera. It still has the the best (and simple) Notes feature...oh, wait...the other browsers don't even have that as a default.

        • dragonmouth
          May 31, 2013 at 11:12 am

          Maybe I should start using Opera again but I've been using Firefox since its Phoenix days and I'm used to it. Talk about inertia! :-)

    • Saikat Basu
      May 31, 2013 at 7:56 am

      Yes, it was my first browser. I still have it as a secondary browser. Could it be that they focussed more on the mobile browser rather than the desktop?

  9. Grr
    May 29, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    absolutely no beta for me

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