Opera 15 arrives as first non-beta release since Chromium switch

By on July 2, 2013, 10:45 AM

It’s been roughly a month since Opera released the first preview of its Chromium and Blink infused browser reboot. Now, the Norwegian company is ready with Opera 15 for Windows and Mac, marking its first consumer-ready launch since dumping the Presto engine that powered its browser for years.

Download: Opera 15 for Windows / Mac

If you already took Opera Next for a spin back in May there’s not much new here. Anyone else will notice it sports a fresh design that bears some resemblance to Google’s Chrome with the address and search bars combined into one, but it also has a number of features that distinguish it from Google's browser.

Among them is a new Discover tab that displays curated content from popular news sources. Meanwhile, Stash lets users save pages for later, but unlike Instapaper or Pocket, it isn’t geared for reading by stripping most visual content. Instead it serves as a web-clipping tool for interesting stuff you find online. Opera will record the location, meta data, and a screenshot of a page, then place this information into a collapsable list entry.

Other notable features include off-road mode -- a proxy-browser mode that uses server caching to save bandwidth -- and a tweaked Speed Dial function that let’s you group multiple items into a folder.

With the move to Chromium and Blink, Opera is moving to a new release strategy comprising three different branches: Opera Developer, Opera Next for stable betas, and Opera Stable for final releases.

There is still no official list of features coming to the redesigned browser. However, according to the official announcement on the Opera Desktop Team blog, Opera is already working on on synchronization (aka Opera Link), enhanced tab management (visual tabs and so on) and support for themes, among other things.




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Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

The browser may have some merit but it's difficult to lure people away from their favourite browsers.I'll take it for a spin later, if I'm not impressed I can always revert back to Chrome.

2 people like this | JC713 JC713 said:

Eh, Opera has lost its most unique feature - the presto engine. Opera really has nothing to offer now IMO. Hardware acceleration is still garbage on it.

1 person liked this | VitalyT VitalyT said:

Opera 15, who gives a flying monkey... (n)

I hate Opera. As a web developer I had so many problems with it I eventually gave up trying to support it. Amidst of all that, what's even worse, Opera and all its proponents are convinced SOBs who believe blatantly that this browser is #1, where in reality it is right at the very bottom.

The last issue I had with that browser was that MVC4 packaging didn't work for jQuery under opera. Took a lot to find out that Opera doesn't like word "in" inside a loop operator, thinking this is a reserved word. I tell them - fine, but it works in any other browser, to which they tell me - well, all the other browsers are wrong, we follow the exact java script  specification, and they don't. Well, that's smart... and that was when I decided not to bother with Opera ever again. (n)

It was also the only piece of software which un-installation module killed my OS couple years ago, had to re-install it. (n)

Hate Opera with all my heart...

1 person liked this | Guest said:

The big Chrome team, Opera is in the last on the row.

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lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Eh, Opera has lost its most unique feature - the presto engine. Opera really has nothing to offer now IMO. Hardware acceleration is still garbage on it.

Presto has always been a very bloated, under performing engine. They had to get rid of it.

JC713 JC713 said:

Presto has always been a very bloated, under performing engine. They had to get rid of it.

Yeah, but they could have made their own new engine. Too bad to see them fall for the Google trap.

Guest said:

Installed. Looks ok. However,

Play.com if I can use it as an example. I can see the website but when I got to actually view any items at all the page doesnt open yet works on opera 14, chrome etc.

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