Big Opera update brings new snapshot features, VR player, and more

The latest version of Opera for Windows, Opera 49 (opens in new tab), is now available. Taking inspiration from Opera's concept browser (opens in new tab), Opera 49 includes a new snapshot tool as one of its highlight features, as well as VR support, a new messenger integration, and some basic interface tweaks.

The new snapshot tool is probably what will come in handy for most users, offering up an easy way to capture portions of the screen and add a little bit of extra flair. There are options to either capture the full screen of a select portion by selecting the camera icon from the sidebar. Once captured, you can customize the screenshot by adding emoji, annotations, or even your own face with a selfie cam feature.

Opera 49 also includes a built-in VR player, becoming the first browser to support 360-degree video, Opera claims. the player works by automatically detecting an installed VR headset and offering a "Watch in VR" button on videos. While it's billed primarily as a way to watch immersive 360-degree videos in VR, Opera says that 2D videos and standard 180-degree videos can be watched in VR as well.

In addition to the VR player and the new snapshot tool, Opera has added VK Messenger to its list of built-in messaging clients in the sidebar. VK joins Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Telegram.

In terms of smaller additions, Opera 49 will now let you rearrange extension icons next to the address bar. Opera has also slightly tweaked the design of the private mode window, tightened up the look of Opera 49 on HiDPI monitors, and added new currencies to the currency converter. For more, check out the full rundown at the Opera blog (opens in new tab).

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Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

  • Why did one of the guys leave Opera to create Vivaldi. Wasnt it due to privacy concerns over Opera? Does anyone have more knowlegde?
  • No, it was due to Opera switching over to the Blink rendering engine (from their own Presto engine), and throwing away tons of years of work, and destroying everything that made Opera, Opera.
  • He wanted to make something that more closely resembled Classic Opera 12.1.
  • Their old CEO left many years ago. According to their EULA, Opera is a European company which I believe means it’s stricter terms of privacy than for example US companies
  • First browser supporting VR? Odd, I must have been imagining the WebVR experience in Edge. Anyway, since Apple hasn't invented it yet I find this claim hard to believe. The whole Windows Phone fiasco must have sent me potty, I'll have to have a lie down. Does Opera support VR in standard Windows headsets then? Or is it just Vive and Occulus like everything else?
  • No way I'll use Opera ever again, not after the whole Browser Choice BS here in Europe that they caused. I just as sooner use IE6 than Opera.