Opera has launched new browser “Opera Next” for Windows and Mac which can be downloaded from their website. The latest browser is revamped for desktop and it is chromium based.
Opera has adopted the Chromium engine from Google for its latest browser and left out its own rendering engine “Presto.” As per Opera this is a stable build and it isn’t a final release. But Opera promises for rapid updates in coming weeks.
Opera Next Features
The address bar and search bar are combined into one. Bookmarks has been merged into speed dial, while speed dials can be grouped into folders.
This feature lets user save the page and return to it later.
This feature lets user jump straight into popular pages contents.
Combined Search and address field
This is a visual enhancement, which lets user, search and put website address in the same field. The address bar now shows search results from multiple search engines.
Whenever user is on slow network connection, activating off-road mode will send pages from the Opera’s compression servers. The page size are reduced by image compression and SPDY protocol. This will help user browse the website even on a slow network connection. This feature was available in earlier versions with name “Opera Turbo.”
Note: The off-road mode will not work for secure (https) pages.
As Opera has gone for complete overhaul the old extensions will not be supported anymore. As of now only a handful of extensions are available from Evernote, Feedly, Disconnect, LastPass, WOT, Ghostery and cottonTracks.
What’s missing in Opera Next ?
Although Opera claims that there are several new features for better browsing, but there are some features missing too. Opera Next is missing the following.
- Opera Notes
- Customization options
- M2 email client
It’s not clear now but may be the missing features will get added in the final version.
Opera browsers were always served as favorite alternative browser. Currently, Opera Next is available for Windows and Mac versions, but soon the Linux version will also be available.
The switching to new Chromium rendering engine was need for Opera to survive in the latest markets trend. Earlier Opera released its redesigned browser for android.