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Opera has just updated its desktop web browser to version 21, and with it, a great deal of speed has been added. Its ‘Aura’ hardware acceleration engine promises to speed up animations and provide a smoother web browsing experience for its users on both Mac and Windows.

Opera’s technology is not actually in use in the Mac release of the browser, instead it’s using Apple’s core animation features, which ends up providing the same benefits as Aura. Speed is generally a huge factor that Internet users consider when determining which browser to run in their daily life, so making these kinds of speed improvements could go a long way towards attracting more users to the Opera browser, pulling them away from Firefox, Safari, Chrome and IE.

Another smaller, but still useful change to the browser comes to the address bar. Users are given the option to show the full URL, instead of the shortened version. It’s not a deal-breaking new feature, but having more options is always a good thing.

The remainder of the changes come in the form of compatibility and stability fixes. Of course, not all users will notice these changes, as only those who were actually affected by the issues will see them come into play.

While Opera is still fighting an uphill battle, having less than two percent of the browser market share according to w3schools, it’s updates like these that show that it’s still trying to make waves, and more competition in the space will keep the top dogs constantly improving.

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Source: The Next Web

  1. Carolyn Barnett
    May 19, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    I would be happy with it if I could have my robo form filler installed on it.

  2. Quick Brown Fox
    May 13, 2014 at 2:37 am

    Still using Opera 12.17 and have no desire to "upgrade" to Opera 21.

  3. Rick L
    May 11, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    It was a pain in the butt to set up. I'm mildly impressed.

  4. Landak
    May 11, 2014 at 4:04 am

    I've switched to Cyberfox soon after Opera decides to be just another Chrome clone. Opera 12 is a very very good browser, I don't understand why the team just feel the need to kill it in favor of this. Now Opera is as bloated as Chrome but with much less features, and you wonder why you have less than 2% market share. And more and more users are getting out of those 2%, just ask any long time Opera users and you will see.

  5. David B
    May 10, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Opera is surprisingly underrated/obscure. Firefox is my daily driver because of it's great extensions, but I always run a portable version of Opera on my flash drives / portable hard drives and honestly wouldnt mind too much if I was forced to use it as my main browser. It has extensions for every function that I really care about.

  6. dragonmouth
    May 9, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Couple of versions ago Opera changed its rendering engine. Maybe all these problems are due to that change.

    • Tinkicker
      May 10, 2014 at 12:33 am

      They are because with that change they pretty much dropped every distinctive feature that made Opera stand out from the pack. They're slowly gaining back some of the things they had, but probably the most "duh" deletion to me is Sync.

  7. A41202813GMAIL
    May 9, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    I Am Running OPERA 21.0.1432.57 In WINDOWS.

    You Can Select The Bookmarks Bar In The Settings.

    Am I Missing Something Here ?

    Cheers.

    • Ed
      May 9, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      Yes, but can you present them in a drop down list?
      Can you create folders and sub folders?
      Can you import/export/backup your bookmarks?

      If you can, then I am missing something.
      If not, then that is very poor on Opera's part.

    • A41202813GMAIL
      May 10, 2014 at 4:48 am

      Folders, Yes.

      SubFolders, I Do Not Know How.

      If You Right Click Some Free Areas In The Bookmarks Bar, You Can Create A Folder.

      Once You Drag Bookmarks Into A Folder, You Have A DropDown List.

      Hope It Helps Some.

      Cheers.

  8. dragonmouth
    May 9, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    DIdn't MUO have an article a while back in which it was mentioned that w3schools is a dodgy site of questionable value?

    • Tina S
      May 9, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      Great memory! It was a reader comment here: Get Tech Skills You Need At These Top 7 Online Course Sites

    • dragonmouth
      May 9, 2014 at 9:25 pm

      My point, which I only implied, is whether any statistics provided by w3schools can be trusted. I am not questioning Opera's place in the scheme of things, just w3school's numbers.

  9. George Mpouras
    May 9, 2014 at 8:09 am

    are you listening opera people ? no bookmarks no browser. end of story

    • Rajaa C
      May 11, 2014 at 11:51 am

      Their bookmark concept is called stash. Just click the heart to stash it. Then the stash tab shows all the saved stash.

  10. Ed
    May 9, 2014 at 1:39 am

    How about a bookmarks drop down menu? How about a way to import/export and backup bookmarks? How about subfolders for bookmarks? How about supporting bookmarks like any other normal browser?

    Are bookmarks too much to ask for in the traditional sense? Not some lame bookmarks bar or speed dial with no backup or import/export options.

    • Joel L
      May 9, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      I just booted up Opera and it has bookmarks. It has a bookmarks bar. Folders can be added to the booksmark bar and subfolders can be added to folders. They're just bookmarks like any other browser.

      I'm not sure if I'm missing something here...

    • Joel L
      May 9, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      Found the problem. Looks like I'm running Opera 12 which hasn't been upgrading to the latest version as I thought it was. Opera 21 is indeed missing bookmarks. My bad!

    • Aurélien L.
      May 9, 2014 at 8:39 pm

      You can use it on the developer version.
      But I agree it's really bad to didn't add this feature in the first releases.

    • Rajaa C
      May 11, 2014 at 11:51 am

      Their bookmark concept is called stash. Just click the heart to stash it. Then the stash tab shows all the saved stash.

  11. William B
    May 8, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Speed improvement? Could've fooled me.

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