The free next-generation web browser
Opera is undoubtedly one of the best web browsers in the market today. The developers of this Chromium-based software aimed to deliver a product that does far more than simple web navigation: in addition to browsing, you can use it to chat, read the news and sync data between all your devices on which it is installed.View full description
- Simple and intuitive layout.
- Built-in instant messenger services like WhatsApp, Messenger and Telegram.
- Faster than previous versions.
- BitTorrent download support.
- Requires medium to high hardware performance.
Opera is undoubtedly one of the best web browsers in the market today. The developers of this Chromium-based software aimed to deliver a product that does far more than simple web navigation: in addition to browsing, you can use it to chat, read the news and sync data between all your devices on which it is installed.
While browsing the web, you can chat on WhatsApp, Messenger and Telegram
The first thing that strikes us about Opera is the user interface: besides the traditional address bar and bookmark menu, there is a sidebar to the left with extra services such as “My Flow” (a tool for syncing data across the Opera versions on the user's devices), news feed, photos and much more. However, the big innovation is that this sidebar houses built-in messenger software such as WhatsApp, Telegram and Messenger. The trick behind this innovation is the integration of the full web versions of these programs, which use a QR code to connect to the respective mobile apps. When new messages are received, the notifications appear on the corresponding icons. This web browser also provides support for BitTorrent downloads, built-in voice commands, an integrated VPN, Ad Blocker, data sync with other devices and automatic time zone converter.
For each website you visit, you can save notes, memory usage is dramatically reduced, and performance is considerably faster (+ 40% compared to previous versions). These improvements also stem from Opera’s decision to join Google in developing the Blink rendering engine, abandoning the old WebKit project.
Disruptive yet intuitive layout
According to some, the layout, which is so different from those of “classic” browsers like Chrome and Firefox, could perplex the most traditional users, but the formula truly works and can be learned in a matter of minutes. Also, the start page is different from those of other browsers: instead of the classic search engine or favorite web page, it displays a Windows “Metro” style menu on which users can save links to the websites they visit. Between the sidebar, the Bookmarks bar and the “Metro” menu, Opera is a very touch-oriented browser that makes it less necessary for users to type web addresses. Finally, for people who like to customize their web browser, Opera offers many themes that can be downloaded. To support all these features, this software requires hardware with medium to high performance. It can still run on older devices, but you lose a lot in terms of speed and efficiency.
A perfect next-generation web browser
Above all, Opera is a fast, user-friendly and high-performance web browser. As if these characteristics were not enough, it features chat apps like WhatsApp, Messenger and Telegram. The result is one of the best web browsers in the latest generation.