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Why you should consider switching to Opera's latest browser for Windows 10

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Deciding which is the best web browser is a combination of features, performance, resource management and, what I have found, personal preference. In fact, that latter criterion is often the most important. People use the web browser that they started off on and rarely switch if only because doing so feels weird.

Opera has a very long history in the browser space starting off in 1994 and going through some significant changes especially in the last few years. Today, we're taking a look at the latest version of Opera for Windows, version 37 and 39 at their request. Not being a regular Opera user I like challenges, so I accepted their offer.

Personally speaking, my browsing habits include a mix of Chrome eighty percent of the time when on the desktop with Edge making up the last twenty percent. When on a laptop or mobile, however, I almost always lean on Edge. Like I said, browsing habits can be persnickety often without substantial justification for those decisions and that includes myself. I use Chrome out of practice, not philosophy or technical reasons.

So, how did I like using Opera 37 and 39 (developer) for the last week? Let's find out.

Opera at the core

Back in 2013, Opera made a momentous change by switching to the Chromium engine from their own Presto one. More specifically, Google and Opera forked Chromium's WebKit to form the new Blink rendering engine, which removes some parts but lets companies like Opera do more to add back their own features to grow and expand. This strategy is similar to Microsoft, who forked Trident for EdgeHTML.

In many ways, this makes Opera feel similar to Google's Chrome browser for rendering, but Opera can also build off of the web engine to do their unique thing. Opera has a history of bringing many features that are later copied to competing browsers such Pop-up Blocking, Private Browsing, Browser Sessions, and Speed Dial (their custom home page aggregator).

In fact, this is one of the reasons why so many people prefer Opera as they tend to offer useful and exciting features first focusing on privacy, reduced data usage and more.

New Features: Secure, fast and now better for YouTube

Let's get to it. Opera 37 (and eventually 39, which is available now as a developer edition) brings some very cool features that are native to the browser. These new features focus on privacy, speed, efficiency, and even watching videos.

Ad blocker

Ad Blocking is a controversial topic for some, but frankly the ad industry brought this on themselves. The issue with ads is not so much they are ads, but rather the impact they have on browser performance by increasing load times and slowing down the experience.

On laptops, it is even worse as this can affect battery life due to the increasing load on the processor. And yes, our site suffers from this problem as well. In fact, our site is coded very efficiently, but the external ad modules (which we don't code) are just awful. Unfortunately, many sites, including our own, are at the behest of these companies to deliver their content, which we do not directly control.

The result of this failed ad industry is users take matters into their hands by installing various ad blocking extensions. Since Opera can use extensions many people just install those and get a cleaner experience.

Starting with version 37 Opera is going the extra step and building in ad blocking right into the browser itself with no extension required.

A substantial escalation in the war against inefficient ads

Needless to say, that is a substantial escalation in the war against inefficient ads. Not to be too cynical here but Opera is on the losing end of the browser market as they are being crowded out by Google's Chrome and Microsoft's Edge, so they have to take extreme measures to win back audiences. Well, I can't think of a better way than baking in ad blocking.

Overall, I found the experience of ad blocking with Opera to be quite satisfying. You can even use customized lists and manage exceptions under Settings > Privacy & security. Obviously, I am in a weird situation here as I'm highlighting a feature that cuts our revenue and if used on a broad scale would end our site and the jobs of the people who work here. Luckily, you can control which sites the ad blocker runs on although my guess is most people will just let it run.

When ad blocking is combined with Opera Turbo, which compresses web pages remotely for low-bandwidth situations you get a very fast browsing experience.

Power Saving mode

Starting with the developer edition of Opera (Opera 39), but going to all versions soon is a new Power Saving mode that can be turned on manually or when the browser detects your laptop has been unplugged from an AC outlet. A little icon then appears to let you know it's running.

What does Power Saving do, exactly? Opera highlights these fine-tuning optimizations that they have done:

  • Reduced activity in background tabs
  • Waking CPU less often due to more optimal scheduling of JavaScript timers
  • Automatically pausing unused plug-ins
  • Reduced frame rate to 30 frames per second
  • Tuning video-playback parameters and forcing usage of hardware accelerated video codecs
  • Paused animations of browser themes

Opera claims this feature can "extend your laptop battery life by up to 50% compared with…Google Chrome". Needless to say, that is an interesting ability.

I cannot say I saw any degradation in my user experience with Power Saving enabled. Video playback was a little less smooth, but maybe I'm nitpicking. Battery life did seem better on my Surface, but honestly, it is hard to quantify as there are a lot of variables in play.

I do like the idea of Power Saver, and I choose to use whenever I am not plugged in. Once again, Opera is at the forefront of bringing fresh and useful features to users especially in this increasingly mobile world.

Pop-out video (YouTube)

Another new feature being introduced is the ability to pop-out a YouTube video. The function is simple: when you are watching something on YouTube just hover on the video, and you will see a pop-out icon. Click it and the video window pops out. You can move the window around on your desktop, and it will play over any app.

Why use this feature? If you are watching a two-minute movie trailer, it does not make much sense due to the shortness. However, if you are watching a 30-minute presentation on app development or a lengthy interview you can pop out the video, move it to the corner of your desktop and continue working while the video is always visible.

While I cannot envision using this feature all the time I do find it incredibly impressive on those occasions described above. You can even resize the window by grabbing the edge, which will be necessary for 4K displays.

VPN

Virtual Private Networks let you browse websites without revealing your actual IP address. Instead, traffic is securely routed through another server masking your origins. The problem with VPNs for everyday users is two-fold:

  1. You often have to pay for a good VPN service
  2. Setting up VPNs can be troublesome for those inexperienced computer users

Once again, Opera takes the thinking out of using VPN by building it into the browser. To enable, the user can just hop into a Private Browsing sessions (Ctrl-Shift-N) and tap the VPN icon in the browser bar window. Users can set the virtual location to the US, Canada, Germany, or the Netherlands and you have unlimited VPN data. The window even displays your current "virtual" IP address to let you know it is working and reveals how much data you have transferred.

Opera cites the following benefits of using their free VPN:

  • Hide your IP address – Opera will replace your IP address with a virtual IP address, so it's harder for sites to track your location and identify your computer. This means you can browse the web more privately.
  • Unblocking of firewalls and websites – Many schools and workplaces block video-streaming sites, social networks, and other services. By using a VPN, you can access your favorite content, no matter where you are.
  • Public Wi-Fi security – When you're surfing the web on public Wi-Fi, intruders can easily sniff data. By using a VPN, you can improve the security of your personal information.

Opera's VPN service, which is part of the developer version (Opera 39) will be hitting the main build of Opera in the next few weeks. Overall, I was very impressed with it and thought it was a fantastic addition.

Am I switching?

After using Opera for the last few weeks, the question arises if I will change from my weird Chrome/Edge usage. I will say that I will be dropping Chrome for Opera even if for just the memory usage savings. Between the extensions and those new features listed above, I see little reason to keep using Chrome, which was mostly out of habit and familiarity.

I even like the customization options like 'show system color on top bar', which made it more Windows 10-like and the ability to set Bing as my default search engine. For privacy and performance, I don't think you can beat Opera and its optional settings.

I even like the customization options...which made Opera more Windows 10-like

For those on Windows 10, I still find Microsoft Edge rendering slightly preferable, and it is well known that Chromium has occasional scrolling and touch issues that can make the experience jittery. In fact, on one of the Redstone Insider builds Opera suffered from some of the same scrolling issues that I saw on Chrome (and Slack, which also uses Chromium) but I did not experience in Edge. You can, of course, install various "scrolling extensions" that let you fine tune mouse and trackpad behavior, but that is one more thing to worry about if switching. Your mileage may vary, but my point is no browser is perfect.

Overall, however, I think Opera is doing some incredible work in the web browser industry. The features listed here are all unique to Opera and as much as you may love Edge you cannot deny that Opera at this stage is just more advanced. The cool thing to remember is that you can install any browser you want in Windows 10 and just use what you feel is best for the job. For that reason, I see no reason not to recommend Opera to any user even if to just try it out.

Finally, remember that competition in web browsers is critical. While some of you may be cheering for Microsoft and Edge, it is only through innovation from multiple companies do we get the advancements we need. Because of that, I welcome Opera's advantages as it will make computing better for all of us.

Do you use Opera? If so, let me know why. If you don't, also share your thoughts in comments in case I missed something.

Daniel Rubino
Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

201 Comments
  • no Cromium based apps in my PC for now
  • Seems like an odd ideological stance. Chromium is open source and is not Google. Chrome is all of that Google stuff baked in, but AFAIK Chromium is not the same, which is why Slack can use it for their rendering. Unless you have some technical reason you are not sharing? I'm not one for just blind brand cheerleading.
  • The power-hungry JS engine, the scrolling, and no syncing with the Windows (Mobile) keychain... Three reasons why I'm never making any Chromium-based product my main browser. Send from Bikini Bottom via my ShellPhone 950 XL
  • At least those are points ;) The JS engine is actually addressed with the new Power Saver mode. Scrolling I mention as I too find that problematic at times although you can "fix it" with an extension. Syncing of info is a downside, certainly, although I don't do much browsing on my phone when compared to desktop/laptop, where that can be replicated by Opera's own syncing.
  • I'd actually appreciate it if browsers would just respect the battery setting of the computer. E.g. IE's and Edge's rendering engines know when the computer is in Battery Saver mode, and also respect my "Balanced" setting when plugged and unplugged from power sources. As far as I know, the desktop API for that is still visible to devs (Intel makes good use of it).
  • Good points.
  • I don't know why I'm so sticking to MS products these days... I usually use opera and opera mini before, but since upgrading to Win 10 and Win10 Mobile, Edge does a fine job for my web use. Makay Chapulets | MTN Nigeria CCR
    Posted from my Lumia 640XL running Windows 10.
  • Why don't these browsers adopt EdgeHTML instead of Chromium, taking into consideration you say it's better?
  • Open source vs closed source (Licensing), multi-platform vs single-platform, interoperability, standards compliance... there could be a multitude of reasons. Though one thing I would like to see adopted further though, is the Chakra JS engine. It is really well-engineered.
  • Even origin knows your battery state
  • I don't remember where I read it, but isn't VS Code also (at least in part) chromium-based? I could be completely off here, but I swear I remember reading that somewhere.
  • Don't think so, VS Code is based on Atom
  • It's more like NodeJS
  • Probably here http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/04/microsofts-new-cod... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Yes, VS Code is built on top of Chronium, among other things. http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/04/microsofts-new-cod...
  • More reasons to keep coming back to Windows Central for my tech news :) Thanks for being such an open-minded writer. Posted from my Surface Pro 2
  • The reason I won't use Opera. Privacy. Turbo pushes things through their servers? VPN, their servers? I don't want my browser activity tracked, by Opera or anyone preferably. Besides, isn't Vivaldi browser better?
  • Vivaldi is new, from the original Opera founder and it's way better customizable than opera. If you like customizing your browser to the ground it may be better. If not than opera is far superior. Vivaldi at this point lacks some major features and is often not as fast as opera, even tough he is based on chromium.
  • If you don't "want your activity tracked" don't use VPN or turbo features. Those rely on remote hardware so of course they need that to work. However Opera isn't like Android or iOS where certain activities are tracked regardless of what features you use, they're not tracking just making remote services available to their users.
  • Dude, if you don't want to be tracked you need to get off the grid, starting with anything connected to the Internet.
  • I wouldn't go near Chrome, but I might give Opera a whirl, along with Edge. FF these days is eating up too much memory.
  • I used to use Opera a lot. I think I'll fire it up.again. I wish they had a Win10m version, too.
  • Don't they..? I coulda swore they had one... =[ Ugh, I'm at work...so boring lol =p
    Windows 10 RULZZ yer FACE!!!
  • They do, I have used it before and it's nice but at the same time different. I use it on occasion though just to see how it performs.
  • They have Opera Mini which is a Windows Phone 8.1 app. It still works in 10 of course but it's not native so it doesn't take advantage of the native features.
  • Opera is a funny thing. It is always cutting edge and somewhat ahead of it's time. I like it, yet don't use it for no real reason.
  • Same weirdly :p haha +640 on Windows10Mobile
  • Because edge sucks?
  • Edge is just early. I mean, it's a bit unfair I think to expect a new browser to have feature parity in 6 months compared to browsers that have been out for literally years. You can only code so fast. The thing is Edge has a ton of potential. The rendering engine, imo, is one of the best and the design looks great. But sure, they have a lot of ground to cover and they certainly know that.
  • For me, Edge should not even have been released until now. For me, it is not a real browser, lacking stuff that was there 10 years ago. But with the Anniversary Update, this will change. I really think I am going to start using it then. Works great.
  • I see the point, but they are using feedback, telemetry, and this experience to improve what they have. Hard to make a browser in a vacuum.
  • How much would you say Edge improved in terms of performance and memory usage in the last 3-4 months?
  • I've noticed significant improvements in that aspect on my 512GB SSD 8GB RAM Surface Pro 2. In the past, I sent this feedback on how terrible it's performance was with a meh 5 tabs open (on it's own with no other browser running), worse than Chrome with even 30+ tabs: Windows-Feedback:?contextid=402&feedbackid=5a5180d4-2c55-41f1-8251-e43eb362a562&form=1&src=2 Now I can have more than that open, and edge (7 tabs) running in parallel with Chrome (19 tabs) hasn't ramped my CPU/RAM usage up as it did in the past. Plus, my Surface Pro 2's fans aren't even running (or at least I'm not hearing them) and there's barely any heat on the back, whereas in the past with just edge running with 5 tabs, it'll be hissing and be noticeably warm to the touch. Posted from my Surface Pro 2
  • mine was close to 100% now sits at about 66% (30 ish tabs and usual other bits)  
  • For most people, what Edge did on release is enough. Most users don't know what their browser is and don't care about advanced features, just want pages to render quickly and look great. So it was important that MS et the browser out with the release of the OS, I think.
  • You are not wrong, but you forget something. MS already had a working browser. They decided to "take it away" from their customers who don't know it and if they found out they didn't like Edge, they will for sure take the time to learn more about what other Browsers are capable of. This might be more important than you think: Microsoft is jeopardizing their own Browser (IE vs Edge). If they had released Edge later, but as a FULL Browser, the people would have jumped over from IE to Edge without thinking twice about it. Now MS has got two Browsers and IE is losing a lot of market shared and Edge is not winning enough to compensate it. This decicion was a lose-lose decicion. There are a lot of MS Software doing the same kind of cannibalism, i.e. OneNote. They have their Desktop App and the one from Store (UWP?). The one from the store feels nicer to work with, but you can't even copy paste an image into it, no good text formatting tools, etc.
  • They needed it get in front of as many users as possible to get some valuable feedback? Released too early? You are right, they did. But so was the whole Windows 10. MSFT was honest about it. They are not hiding that many features are still "coming soon", but are not ashamed for releasing it and listening, then taking action on it. That + they needed some catchy features to allow for marketing.
    Same as Apple touts their new features in OS X...
  • you are absolutely right! it's too early for us to judge edge! But I'll surely give Opera a try! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • It's not a real browser... No full screen mode, really ??? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • It does have full screen, just press F11 as usual...
    Dunno where you got that from.
  • Probably got it from the release version, which I have just tested. No f11. Nice to hear it's in the beta?
  • I have used Opera for 12 years and AFAIK never had a version without F11.
    I'm currently using both Opera 37 and Opera Developer 39, and both have F11.
  • Nice write-up. I haven't used Opera since the 90's, but might have to give it a try.
  • Power saver would be great for mobile.  Not sure I feel the need for it on my Surface Book, however.  Still, nice to have options.
  • Recommended. Takes a few seconds to remove nadella-style bloat from start page and its ready to go.
  • Yeah, I didn't care for a lot of the Speed Dial pre-settings, but like you said you can easily change it up.
  • Favorites are a bit strange as well, is there menu option or only quick way is to pin them on top bar that may become busy soon?
  • You can install Chrome's Bookmarks Menu extension in opera.
  • Brilliant stuff. They have baked in everything I require from a browser. Ad blocking. Free VPNs. Page compression. Faster loading times. Just brilliant! I wish Microsoft Edge had these features baked in.
  • Maxthon has had the pop out feature for a very very long time, also works with flash content, not just videos, and also lets you download the file/video from same pop up ui
  • Switched a year ago, it was a smart move Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Haven't used Opera since it fit on a 3.5" (1.44 MB) floppy.  Sounds like they've come a long way. 
  • Opera has gotten very good lately and it's also the only browser I know that actually adapts to tablet mode. It only keeps getting better with each update, too. I've moved to Opera full-time for now.
  • I used to use Opera Mini on my old Nokia 200. It was great. But Opera for PC never attracted my sight. I like its in-built ad-blocker and Tab Preview option(which is helpful when you have lots of tabs opened). I am using Opera for 3-4 days now. Let's see whether it can replace Chrome for me.
    I would appreciate if they launch a W10M version.
  • The juxtaposition of "forked Trident" is hilarious for obvious reasons. *prong* I can pretty much see Opera as a great alternative to chrome...does certain sites that have apps bring you to the google play store..? lol =p
  • Anybody know if they are working on a Windows 10 Mobile app?
  • I've currently switched from being a long time Opera (v5 or 6) user to Vivaldi, which has been created by Ex-Opera members. Not fully fleshed out yet, but it's got a lot of features that power users missed when Opera killed their own rendering engine. 
  • Same thing here. I tried out Vivaldi when it was still beta and didn't care for it but now its a different animal =) and also being updated quite frequently
  • Tried the developer version as soon as I heard about the VPN to see if it would let me watch in-market baseball games through MLB.tv, and it worked perfect! However I tried it again a few days ago and it didn't, not sure why. But in playing around with the browser a bit I definitely liked it a lot.
  • Yeah, I didn't get to try it in Mexico where I wanted to stream HBO Now and Hulu. Instead, I used Hola plugin for Chrome, but having it built in seems much easier.
  • Does the Hola plugin for Chrome generally work well? I got the MLB.tv subscription free from T-Mobile, so I'd love to be able to take advantage of it.
  • It did, I mean, i was able to watch what I wanted without issue, so...lol.
  • So you're saying is that there's a chance! I will be giving it a shot, haha
  • Daniel, I am not sure if it is safe to use Hola. They've sold users' bandwidth. I use ZenMate instead.
  • I really wish these browsers would have drop-downs for recently typed URLs. That's what keeps me on IE and Firefox. I could surf the internet for hours without using my keyboard based on this feature alone.
  • I don't mean to criticize but doesn't this site get revenue from the ads that this article recommends blocking with this browser? And I understand that they're badly coded and waste bandwidth and all, but wouldn't there be a conflict of interests? Personally I hate ads and I block them as much as I can everywhere.
     
  • I address that in the article. Still, it's not like if we pretend ad blockers don't exist people won't use them. For me, this is like my usage of bittorrent years ago. I pirated stuff simply because video streaming, on-demand, purchasing was not available. Same with digital music. The industry did not want to adapt so in came bittorrent. Now, I don't because it's literally easier to buy or rent video than to torrent. The ad industry needs to change. I found people don't mind the ads, they just don't want misleading ones or ones that intrerrupt their flow or slow down their experience. Finally, we have native ads on the site to help offset ad blockers and they do not impact performance. It's our own solution.
  • That conflict was addressed in the article.  Wondering if you hate ads so much, would you rather pay a subscription to sites? I mean, they HAVE to get paid by SOMEONE.
  • Made the switch a few month back, no regrets. Chrome was getting ridiculous almost unusable. Right now using opera for heavy browsing and Edge for light quick stuff
  • I use Firefox, mostly because of the extensions.
  • FYI, opera can access the vast range of chrome's extension.
  • I am talking about Firefox extensions. There are some extensions that are unique to it. Tab Groups for example (former Panorama), which is a feature that I cannot live without.
  • I'm actually nearly certain this is actually an opera innovation. They introduced it with Opera 11 but sadly it just didn't make the cut when Opera moved to Chromium. I miss it badly :(
  • I don't know about Opera (I think that if they had it I should have known that, as I have it installed on my computer although I don't use it actively), but Firefox had it integrated. Not a long time ago it was made an extension, luckily with no loss of functionality.
  • Chrome/Opera has all the extensions I need, but what keeps me on Firefox is the syncing capability. Only Firefox encrypts ALL of your synced data, and Mozilla has no access to your data. Opera only encrypts passwords (and only if you use an optional passphrase), and Google doesn't even let you sync browsing history if you use an optional passphrase. Firefox is the only major browser that lets you sync everything and doesn't spy on you or know your passwords.
  • I was back and forth between Vivaldi and Firefox the past few months, but got set back up with Chrome last week. It's the only one that just works for me. Vivaldi didn't display the videos on certain sites, and when I did webinars for school in Firefox, the interface was tiny. I'll give Opera a go when I get home today. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I love that I get downvoted (of course with zero replies) for saying that a competitor's product works well for me.
  • If only it wasn't based on blink. I'm not going to help Google's world domination and propensity for proprietary nonsense
  • How is it proprietary if other companies are free to use it? There aren't even licensing fees as far as I know. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Are you serious?  *sigh*  I don't have time to educate you on the difference between standards, and free-to-use proprietary implementations but just to sum up:  Not all free-to-use implementations are standards (and not all standards are free-to-use). Suffice it to say I prefer a standards based web to a Blink based web that could discourage innovation and competition.
  • If over half of Web users are using a Chromium based browser, and Web developers target their sites to that rendering engine, how is that not a standard? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • You really do have some kind of cognitive disability, don't you? Standards are vetted and documented by authorized standards bodies. HTML 5 is a standard, Blink is not.  Coding for, and making a Blink only web, is EXACTLY like the fight that was waged over Internet Explorer over a decade ago.  Do we really want to go through all that again?
  • Please keep the snark down ;) You make good points, but not everyone is up to snuff on these things (including myself, frankly).
  • My bad on not knowing the definitions. Do you mind sharing a link that explains everything, or are you going to continue being hostile? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • If you code a site with featuers that's webkit only you're already excluding I.E. and other browsers, the original Opera learned this the hard way as no-one developed for their engine so they was constantly trying to fix bad development practice.  If you want to learn why proprietary tech is wrong have a read here:   http://www.i-programmer.info/news/86-browsers/8335-apple-and-google-brea... http://triangleparkcreative.com/tips/web-standards-primer http://www.digitalgov.gov/2013/06/30/develop-with-web-standards/ http://www.quirksmode.org/blog/archives/2010/03/css_vendor_pref.html https://www.sitepoint.com/w3c-css-webkit-prefix-crisis/   Basically designers are using prefixes which predominantly using the webkit prefix which often means that they're got a feature that may not be in another browser, prefixes was introduced as a experimental branch for devs and became popular to force change on the browsers to accept new and important standards. The problem is those features often was then changed, dropped or broke. Remember we're talking of an argument that's been raging in the background since I started web dev work over 15 years ago. It's better than it was, but Google is now in a place that it's trying to force standards it wants for it's products over other standards which might be better, some of the techs that falls under this are VOIP (WebRTC  vs OTRC), Video Codecs (VP8 vs h.264/265) and Mouse Pointer Events.   People often complain about when sites break, they never blame the website/designer they blame the browser so if it breaks in IE they blame IE even if the browser is doing the right thing according to spec. I've started to see websites being broken in Edge because of poor coding, and I've started to take sites to task over this one site said it's not worth their time and IE is rubbish. That's poor practice from a developers view because all sites should be agnostic to be viewed on any device. That's always been the core tenet of the Internet but we could be moving to a future where it becomes more elitist with it coming down to what browser you use.
  • Wow, you just totally convinced me to give Opera a shot. I used to have Chrome, Edge, IE and Firefox install while using Chrome 90% of the time with a little Edge mixed in, but now I'm uninstalling Firefox and will make a conscious effort to open Opera.
    Also, since I'm going to be in Mexico this summer, the free VPN service will be great!
  • We sound the same. Hope you enjoy it, I was surprised, at how much I like it.
  • I switched to Vivaldi, another Chrome based browser.  For version 1.1, it works great.  Plus it has access to Chrome extensions.  However, Vivaldi is really sluggish on my Yoga Tablet 2.  So much so that I have to use Edge.  I'd imagine Opera would be about the same. 
  • Opera can also access the full array of Chrome's extension. Just install the "Download Chrome Extension" extension.
  • "Just install the "Download Chrome Extension" extension."
    That just sounds funny. So meta.
  • I tried Vivaldi recently, but can't use it without drag & drop tabs for new windows. They have a right click option to do so, but it also reloads the page. I use Opera at work and Firefox at home. Firefox is slower. I still use FF because during the early days of the switch, the new Opera annoyed me due to the inability of importing and exporting favourites/speed dial. Also Opera sync wasn't implemented in the Chrome builds at that time. Now Opera is better with sync working and favorites back but I stick to FF for home for the time being. I do use Edge on my Surface occasionally, but so find non skippable Youtube video ads and full screen/spotlight ads on some websites quite annoying.
  • I tried Vivaldi recently, but can't use it without drag & drop tabs for new windows. They have a right click option to do so, but it also reloads the page. I use Opera at work and Firefox at home. Firefox is slower. I still use FF because during the early days of the switch, the new Opera annoyed me due to the inability of importing and exporting favourites/speed dial. Also Opera sync wasn't implemented in the Chrome builds at that time. Now Opera is better with sync working and favorites back but I stick to FF for home for the time being. I do use Edge on my Surface occasionally, but so find non skippable Youtube video ads and full screen/spotlight ads on some websites quite annoying.
  • Hope they develop opera browser for windows phone or modile. IE mobile sucks and crashes all the time.On my pc i only use Firefox, but it gives me trouble when switched my 2 in 1 to power saving mode and edge meh, i uninstalled it.Will try out opera desktop for its pop out feature.
  • Another benefit of Opera is that it uses Windows notifications for sites like Tweetdeck. 
  • I think you won me over for mobile! For desktop, I've been using Maxthon for almost a decade because they had accounts and shared favorite and bookmarks across devices which I'm pretty sure other browsers should have by now. They also had ad-block, pop out video, fast mode, dark theme, etc that other browsers didn't have (or I didn't know about). But their mobile leaves MUCH to be desired.
  • Can't even set your own search engine and make it default. Nothing to consider then.
  • Yes you can.
  • No you can't. Show me how you set search.disconnect.me as default.
  • I am at work and I am unable to access 'search.disconnect.me' for some reason. But, here is how you do it. Go to the search website you want to make as default (dogpile.com in this case). Right click in the search bar of the website and 'create search engine'. Now it will show up in the search engine list and you can set it as default.
  • You can already set yahoo, duckduckgo, amazon, bing, and wikipedia as default search engine. For custom search, you can create it youself and make a keyword to trigger them right from the address/search box. 
  • I know that you can set their search engines as default. I want my own prefered search engine as default.
  • "Can't even set your own search engine and make it default. Nothing to consider then.
    I even point out I can set Bing as my default in the article, so no.
  • You can't set search.disconnect.me as >>default<<. Only the preinstalled search engines.
  • I am at work and I am unable to access 'search.disconnect.me' for some reason. But, here is how you do it. Go to the search website you want to make as default (dogpile.com in this case). Right click in the search bar of the website and 'create search engine'. Now it will show up in the search engine list and you can set it as default.
  • I can and could add it but that wasn't the problem I had. Tried dogpile to be really sure and you can't set that default either. Thanks though.
  • Yes you can switch default browsers: Google, Yahoo, DuckDuck Go, Amazon, Bing, Wikipedia.
    The problem for me is: My default is Bing, but every time I run an update for Opera, it always switches back to Google. Very annoying. It has ton of customization: especially if you turn on the power user settings by pressing Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A in this precise sequence while you are in the settings screen. It even allows you to hide that pesky Google search bar on your speed dial! I prefer Opera to Edge, especially due to its very nice speed dial and overall performance. The only time I go to Edge is when I need to connect to work via Citrix. For some reason, Opera will not launch my receiver no matter how I play with security settings.
  • LastPass is a required extension for me (my passwords are randomized characters, there's no way I'll remember them). I'm checking this out because if I can replace Chrome, I will! Thanks Daniel.
  • Yeah, LastPass is huge for me too, although I do want to switch to 1Password (nice W10/M apps).
  • Installed and running. I'm loving the always-on-top (except for OS-level chrome) pop-out video player. Will use this as my primary until Edge has LastPass :)
  • I used to use 1Password but when switching to Windows phone, LastPass was the main option because 1Password did not support it. Even know, their beta 1Password is read only so basically useless. Since, I moved to Enpass which is great : it has the security advantages of 1Password versus LastPass (database stored locally or in a cloud of  your choice), is compatible Windows Hello, works great on any other plateform (iOS, Android), has browser extensions. They just confirmed to me (as I was speaking with their support for one question I had) that a portable version is coming and that they have already the Edge extension basically ready and should be released in June for Insiders. Also, next version is supposed to include multiple-vault and grabbing the website icon for the icon of the entry. They also confirmed working on auto-filling of forms. So basically, Enpass is evolving as being THE choice for a password manager for anyone with a Windows phone (and mixed with other plateform).
  • I think I might give this a shot
  • Too bad it doesn't support some of my day to day usage addons.
  • You can use chrome extenstions with "Download Chrome Extension" Opera addon
  • I already switched. I use Opera whenever something doesn't run well in Edge. It's an awesome browser, definitely recommend switching to it.
  • Been using opera for the last several months since MS has broken my Edge in the last 5 builds or so. Been working great!
  • Does this version of opera support the on screen keyboard? Meaning does it pop up automatically like Edge/IE?
  • After the press about Opera being sold to Chinese interests I became concerned about privacy and telemetry. I switched off Opera 37 and took up SRWare Iron. It's Chromium based, with no Google fingers in all your pies. Very privacy forward and fast. Much faster than Opera and less fiddly. It may be the fastest browser I've ever used, allows Chrome extensions and I feel as if I've made a secure choice.
  • interesting, will take a look
  • I installed and tried this SRWare Iron browser, it is almost like using Chrome interface and configuration wise. I removed it few hours later because it has these forced preset serch engine list and what it called other list you can set, (bing is not one of the forced list which is where you can select default and it makes sure you can not add bing or any other outside of that forced list. It has extensions which are not tailored to it but takes you to chrome extension website. It shows what it has as differences compared to chrome which realy is not much. So, I say why do I need If I can use chrome and accommodate the few differences that are chrome shannigans. More so, I like edge and use it 80% and chrome 20% and definitley want my search engine bing in any browser.
  • Yep, drives like Chrome and has the near universal acceptability of Chrome (which is much of the point really). Yes it uses Chrome Extensions, but don't all Chromium Browsers? Again, this is much of the point of using Iron, the selection of Extensions available. The "Chrome shenanigans" as you put it are the Google track and target strong-arm tactics I wish to avoid and Iron allows me to do that. If I want to buy a wooden decoy duck, I want to find the one I favor rather than the one that pays Google the most to shove it into my face. Google does not give you the best choice for you, they give you the choice that nets Google the most $$$... (for me, avoiding Google and other Trackers is a huge deal). I don't know what happened for you, but I really had no issue getting Bing up and running as my default search engine. I have no recollection of it being a PITA and have had Bing as my search default since day one. Like you, I am a huge Bing fan and swear by it. See my screen cap here: https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=37100CFAF6DBD84B!146725&authkey=!A... ​I've also easily installed an extension that allows me to use Bing Translator inline or on whole web pages as my default. Again, since day one and without any difficulty so far as I can recollect. By far a larger Pita for me was using Opera. I had issues on WC when running AdBlock+ in that it prevented functions I need as an Ambassador Team Leader. AB+ in Iron does not block these. With Opera I would have to disable AB+ on the page, refresh, do my job, re-enable AB+... Over and over, day after day. Opera was stubborn about exporting Bookmarks as well. Another hurtle to flexibility. I also did not find Opera to be particularly good or fast at rendering and Iron seems to be way more efficient at it. Iron has simply been more fluid and flexible for me than Opera or Firefox. I feel more secure using it than Chrome. When Extensions become available to me (on W10 Official) I'll give Edge another chance, but until then Iron is a solid choice for how and what I do on the web. Obviously, YMMV.
  • If it is not too much trouble, if you can kindly explain how to set bing as my default search engine, I will gladly give it another shot.
  • So far as I can remember, I did a search on Bing, copied the URL and pasted it in the 3rd field of the setup. When I hit enter it inserted the format needed. I've investigated and simplified the formula for you. All it needs really is to have "%s" in place of the query in that 3rd field. So in Manage Search Engines... Go to the entry fields at the bottom of the box and input Bing in each one of the first two. Then in the third field you need to input "http://www.bing.com/search?q=%s" (no quotes) and hit enter. I've deleted Bing entirely, set it up this new way, made it default and tested it repeatedly. It works. Here is an updated pic: https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=37100CFAF6DBD84B!146726&authkey=!A...
  • I agree 100%, I uninstalled Opera off of all my devices and the work devices I support,  Previously I loved it as an alteranative browser which had some great features.  I just do not trust the Chinese governement not to influence or have gradually insert backdoors or tracking tools into the browser.  Granted I have a lot of distrust for a lot of tech companies and governments, which I think anyone would if they kept an eye on security news.   But at the top of my list would be China/Russia, it's how governments work, I wouldn't buy a or use a Russian computer or browser, the same goes for China.    Just a note to anyone who feels offended, this has nothing to do with citizens of any country, it's just a reality of the world we live in.  Governments try to gather as much data as possible on their own citizens and their potential advesaries citizens.  
  • Microsoft Edge is Amazing for my Web designing, i will use FF for tests and alternative... opera VPN will not work here in Iran and i do not the design of it.
  • As Firefox as become slow as hell, I wanted to switch away for a long time, but I'm used to the tree style tabs. There is no such replacement on Chrome, as they got rid of the sidebar long time ago. Now Opera has it. And I'm  using Opera for a while now. Most Chrome Extension do work, if there aren't native ones. You just have to use tricks sometimes to find the links to the extensions, as the websites won't see a Chrome on the other end.
  • Ok. Too late guys. I was a long time Opera user since the XP days. But switched to Edge for two reasons a few months ago. The first is, that the browser was becoming slower and slower. The second is the lack of a good WP/W10M app. It is so comfortable, to sync all my favorites, passwords etc... between my W10 PC and phone. And Edge can do it, but Opera can't
    P.S.: Although I used a relatively negative tone in this comment, I still respect the Opera team and their efforts, and could recommend it for anyone. And maybe one day, with a proper UWP app, I'll return to it.
  • Historically Opera were fantatic at synchronising most of your stuff between mobile and desktop: they'd introduced this functionality many years back.  As you say, the current WP Opera option needs improvements - so I'm mainly using Edge similarly.
  • Wow! I've been desperate to find a browser to take the place of Chrome, which is soooo slow for me. I enjoy Edge but its sluggishness on Twitter was a deal-breaker for me (even moreso than the lack of extensions, which I could've at least worked around a little). Firefox wasn't much better, even tried Vivaldi but weirdly it doesn't scroll by touch consistently for me (which I guess is a deal-breaker because I never use it). Opera feels like I'm using Chrome but faster. And whoever recommended that Download Chrome Extension extension (which, like Daniel, I find hilarious) -- major snaps to you, because I was able to install my beloved Swag Button. I'm not sure I'll ever return to Chrome! 
  • Do you test it on a PC/Laptop or a Tablet? Would like to use a different browser on my surface than edge
  • both
  • It's too bad it's not a Windows 10 Store app. I've been loving the easy installations and uninstallations of Store apps. Gone are the days of opening up Control Panel and trying to clean up via Uninstall a Program. I only have a handful of .exe apps on my computer and I plan on keeping it that way.
  • Portableapps.com http://portableapps.com/apps/internet/opera_portable
    Opera@USB http://www.opera-usb.com/
    Both have operas blessing
  • hummmm, i like the pop up windows on youtube.
    i like Edge but it's decades behind
  • Once sold to the 2 Chinses firms, I removed it from all of my devices. 
  • I had the exact same initial knee-jerk reaction at first and removed Opera. Then I just got sick and tired of slow browsing due to heavy ads and switched back to Opera. I figured, since I'm on the internet, I no longer have any illusion of having my own privacy. If Chinese can't take the data directly from me, they'll just take it down the road from my ISP, so what the heck.... :-) Guess where most of the network equipment your ISP or L3 providers use was manufactured?
    Search for the recent Huawei fears in EU with network switches for ISPs. Australia already banned them.
  • Not so fast - by the first deadline, less than 70% of the shareholders had accepted. The chinamen have extended the offer until 2016-05-24. Hopefully they'll never receive the required 90%, too many good things going on with Opera now!
  • It's official now. 
  • Wasn't it discovered that the "VPN" was really just a proxy?
  • Serious question, Dan. How does Opera monetize this? They're working so hard on all of these features. How do they benefit if more users use their browser? Thanks.
  • Good question, but unfortunately I have nooooo idea. Will look around.
  • Particularly VPN and compression. That stuff happens in datacenters. Datacenters cost money.
  • Used Opera to do a Bing search: http://www.operasoftware.com/company/investors/finance Indulge yourself! :-) Vast majority comes from mobile advertising, then from Opera TV and desktop advertising.
    My hunch is that the articles you see in the Opera News section right below your favorites are sponsored content.
  • Been using Opera as my main browser since version 10 or 11, still my favorite
  • Thanks for your review/comments on Opera. I've downloaded it and tried it a few times. The experience is a little jarring if you're accustomed to IE/Edge. I have to use Chrome for Hangouts/Google Apps for Work (they seem to be buggy without it) and I don't care much for it, but it works fine. Edge I quite enjoy, but its becomming more and more of a problem child.  Sluggish behavior, outright crashes and the like.  I'm not sure if the experience is unique to me, but I keep using it out of habit.  That said, I'm going to give Opera a go again and this time with more regular/sustained use.  It definitely seems to load content faster. That alone might keep me, but I am intrigued about the VPN and compression features.
  • I stopped using opera ages ago, but I've given this a try a few weeks back and I'm using it half the time, it's a very clean design. It seems to block just the right amount of ads, and more focused on being a great browser than a bunch of services, which is why I stopped using it originally.
  • I really hope they fix the scrolling issue on touchscreens. I've been using it for two weeks and I love it, but the scrolling problem is annoying, and not only that but also right clicking (long press) doesn't work. The main reason I decided to try Opera is because the bookmark synchonization on Edge is really bad. Often it won't sync between my PC and my tablet, and when I add a new bookmark it takes a really long time before syncing between devices, and more than once it decided to delete a bunch of my bookmarks for no reason. Opera is much better in that regard, it syncs automatically in only seconds, and it's also possible to access your open tabs from another device.
  • I just switched to using Opera as my fulltime browser and I love it. It does appear to have a lighter touch on Windows 10 than Chrome and I like the overall look and feel of Opera vs. Chrome as well. Perhaps one day Microsoft will get Edge caught up with the rest of the browsers out there. Until that day I'll primarily use Opera.
  • Hm. I forgot about Opera for some time now but am right now considering switching. I like edge but it still needs improvement. And opera seems to currently have some promising features in the present and future updates. Going to give it a try. I just hope (wish?) they'd update their app on mobile so it's optimised for Win10M and keep it updated :p I'd even consider it on mobile then.. +640 on Windows10Mobile
  • Can Opera handle the Windows Central website better than Firefox and Edge?
  • In my experience yes (comparison made without AdBlockers). Uses less CPU when the Site is fully loaded and soome ads are doing animations)
  • It works well for me - I'm using the developer edition and blocking ads.  Very fast and preferring it to Chrome/Edge/Firefox.
  • I've been loyal to Opera for years... wavered a bit when it switched to Chromium, just because of the heavy memory use, which matters on my cheap but lovely Asus Transformer with only 2gb RAM - Edge seems fundamentally better in this respect on W10, to the point where I wondered whether it would be a better option, but quickly found that the burden of loading ads made it far slower. Then along came Opera 37, which seems even faster than previous versions using an ad blocker. I use Edge where I need to save a page to OneNote, but otherwise there's nothing to touch Opera on the desktop at the moment. And I'm with Daniel all the way in the things he says about poor ads... 
  • Seems like there are a lot of interesting features, but Microsoft Edge works for me well enough and Cortana is very important.
  • I switched to Opera a couple of years ago, from firefox. It was the Australis UI update which did firefox in for me. When I switched, opera had quite a few gripes, but over these last two years, many had been sorted, and it's becoming quite a resonably well featured browser. Bookmarks still have an issue. I still believe that picking a browser is selecting the least worst rather than the best. Firefox was excellent for a really long time, but I think internally in the company, they're more interested in other things, like making firefox chrome with an orange theme, rather than keeping firefox different. It's like as if many of the mozilla employees would prefer to work for google and let that seep into firefox. In any case, there was also only so many crashes and failed pages that I could take, whereas with opera, web browsing is quite stable. So, I think I'll be sticking with it for a while yet. In general, it's better to go to a browser which is being developed by people who don't have vested interests in not allowing certain features. For that reason, I'm really not keen on using chrome.
  • I've been a long time user of opera on my desktop and it's good to see a good review about it. At least my friends won't think I'm weird now. Oh, but they still do because I use WP/W10M.
  • Well, opera has bring back bing? Really?
  • Yep... Since like v34 or something. I can't fault it on choices for search defaut and alternate.
  • Well, then I'll try the new opera. I'm using Vivaldi now.
  • I have opera on my pc for certain things. But won't download chrome for my reasons. Currently though my browser is edge. Works well for me for now.
  • Download links doesnt work.
  • I used Opera a long while ago, but had compatibility issues so I switched to Firefox, IE and now Edge. Because of Edge being semi buggy and not supporting some features I use Firefox as a second browser. Seeing Ooera in this article makes me thinking of switching my secondary browser on my Desktop from FF to Opera and give it another try. I like their innovative features they have (also back then). Sad thing is that it does not sync with my phone and therefore has no chance of being my main browser for now. Also I had some trouble with their syncing service back when I was an Opera user. I had the chance to try opera Coast on iOS, though. And I really whish it would make its way to Win10M. It is so artistically done!
  • You got me, I ll switch from chrome (20% for me, 80% Edge) to Opera too :)
  • For me it's about 90% Opera, 9% Firefox and 1% Edge. I honestly hope Edge eventually inspires me to raise that number considerably. The new extension support is a nice start. -- Lumia 640 (Windows 10)
  • Does it have a touch UI for touch screen usage?
  • Opera is the only browser I use now on my desktop and tablet.
  • I never cared much for Opera in the past, but decided to give it another shot with the built-in ad blocking. It's been my primary browser since installing. I love the speed of the built-in ad blocking, and having the huge library of Chrome extensions makes customization a breeze. With the other new features coming that Daniel alluded to, I love where this browser is going.
  • I don't know why people are ditching Firefox. It has been my browser of choice for more than 10 years with Edge being the choice on mobile. I tried Chrome....what a piece of ****. Don't understand why people prefer it. It starts out great but don't close your browser for a few days and it slows to a crawl. Firefox has all the addons of chrome with none of the bloat.
  • It's my primary (not default) browser on my Surface 3 for now.
  • Theres always NetFront
  • Have they finally fixed fundamental issues like lack of proper bookmarks support? I've long been eager to get rid of the intentionally gimped chrome from my Surface Pro 2, but last time I tried Opera, it was severely lacking in fundamental browser functions. Given the comments from other users, it appeared they had intentionally left out those functions after one of their so-called "updates" as it had it in earlier versions. I couldn't be bothered to compromise on such fundamental browser stuff, so, uninstalled Opera after a couple days and stuck with Chrome...regardless, third-party browsers are becoming less and less appealing to me overall as the Windows 10 Anniversary updates gets closer. Edge will eventually be the only browser I'm keeping on my Surface Pro 2. Posted from my Surface Pro 2
  • I still very much miss Metro/Modern IE from W8.1! The light weight UI combined with tracking protection lists was the best browsing experience I have ever had on my surface
  • Not too mention its superiority with touch / on tablets.
  • Installed it, and Opera is definitely the way to go, before using Chrome, Firefox or whatever.   Great surfing experience. And on this very Website, start page, with many Ads, after having loaded and the page is "idling", Opera needs less CPU than Edge (compared without any AdBlockers used, obviously).
  • Glad for competition! Right now its Edge on mobile, or mobile firefox on my other device, which has uBlock, or Edge/FF combo on desktop or Surface. But i applaud Opera and think much higher of them noe. I will take them more seriously.
  • Is there an option to sync favorites, Passwords and History to Windows 10 Mobile? It's the main reason i use Internet Explorer and will switch to Edge if Adblockers are availible.
  • I've been using Opera since mid 1990's and had it as my main browser for many years.  More recently Chrome had become my default, but I've switched back to Opera for a month or so now and really glad that I did.  It's generally been a great experience - I find it very easy to use, though am using the developer edition mainly.  The VPN and ad blocking is great and a fantastic addition to the browser. I've converted many of my friends over the years to using it and they still still do.
  • I switched to Opera a couple of months ago and really like it. I have tried to like Edge, but it just runs to slow on my laptop. I
  • Opera Mobile was my first browser in my Nokia N70. Fantastic Now, the Windows Mobile version is unusable :(
  • Great article and I'd like to give it a try. This feels like a stupid question, but is Opera free these days? I've never used it, because, while I've always heard good things about it, last I knew, it was the one browser you had to pay for, and I always got by with some free combination of IE, Firefox, and Chrome. If it's free, I'll definitely add it to my installed browser list, and maybe use it regularly. I avoid Chrome because Google, but it sounds like this is just based on similar open source components, but has no direct reporting back to Google (unless I use Google services, of course). Good enough for me. If it is free, how do they provide the free VPN service? Doesn't that consume bandwidth on their end, which someone needs to pay for? What's their business model?
  • Opera has been free for at least a decade. Once Firefox got going, there was no way anyone was going to pay for a browser. I believe the business model is spying on you, er, I mean "analytics." They probably have the same paid search deal that Firefox has, plus they can track your usage through the VPN and (if you enable it) Opera Sync, which isn't encrypted, then sell that to advertisers. Opera was just sold to a Chinese company, too, so I certainly wouldn't trust them with my data.
  • "free for at least a decade" Heh, so it was a stupid question. :-) Thanks!
  • I swithed to Opera about a month ago out of absolute frustration with Edge, particularly on the 'Purch' sites (anandtech, windowscentral) and BBC. I couldn't believe the difference, even without Ad blocking enabled.I haven't found a single incompatability yet. Every site has worked. Now, I use the Ad blocking. When I see scroll stutering is when I first load a page and begin scrolling down as the Ad Blocker is blocking sites... Takes about 1 second... So A tiny bit of patience (1 chimpanzee, 2 chimpanzee... no stutters). I have a decent homebuilt Core-i5 mini-iTX PC w/ an SSD, BlueRay, 8GBRam that we have hooked-up to a 4k TV. With Opera's home page, it's essentially replaced the Roku4 box... (Roku4 keeps dropping video/sound when connected to a 4K port.... the PC does not). Another bonus... I don't hear the CPU fan wind up when surfing with Opera they way I hear it spool up with Edge... My PC is much quieter with Opera than Edge.... Edge is just doing too much back ground stuff that cranks up the CPU... weird... Opera doesn't do this.
  • Great article! I'm an opera user before, but later on switched to FF. Opera of before was cutting edge and really brought the nice features our modern web browsers have today. And now using it again for a month is really amazing , i rarely found incompatibilities. Thinking of switching back for good.
  • Would LOVE to use Edge, but until it gets LastPass support, it's no good for me.  Also hoping for Ublock Origin to make it's way to Edge.  I'm really hoping it does not take half a year or more just to get a Lastpass extension.
  • Opera has one big deal-breaker for me. I use Windows' virtual desktop manager and if I have my email client on one desktop and Opera on another (my usual arrangement) whenever I click a link in my email client it opens a new Opera window on the current desktop rather than opening it as a tab in the already open Opera window on the other desktop. Chrome, IE and Edge all behave correctly and no new window is opened.
  • Really good and informative article.  Thanks for writing this one.
  • I just installed it.  The comment input field on this site is way better in Opera than in Edge or IE.  There is no lag at all in the input. I don't have any issues with mouse scrolling in it. The Native AdBlock is clutch.  Some websites load in less than half the time in Opera with the AdBlock enabled.  I'm going to continue using it over Edge or IE on Windows moving forwards. Content Blockers exist on OS X, so I don't have a need for it on that platform.  I like having something like this built into the browser, and the VPN might be useful moving forwards for accessing video feeds that are geo-blocked. I'm very impressed with the new Opera!  The performance is pretty Amazing.  Way better than Edge on this laptop.  Wow.
  • Opera user since the 90s. Hands down the best browser on the market. 
  • If it is the best browser on the market why can't it play nicely with Windows 10 Task View and open a link in the open browser on another desktop rather than opening a whole new window on the current desktop? I posted about this issue in the Opera forum and didn't get a single reply, it seems to have been ignored here too. I can't be the only person using Task View! It works correctly in IE, Edge and Chrome . . .
  • That's a very small price to pay for built in content blocking and the performance this browser offers. Also, I don't know any windows users that use Task View. People have been using one desktop for decades. They don't even begin to think about that particular feature because if practically still doesn't exist to them. Also I find working across multiple desktops really clunky. I don't use that on OS X either, and Win10 basically copied that feature from that OS.
  • I installed Dexpot, a free virtual windows manager, and Opera works correctly now. I click on a link in my email client on desktop 1 and it opens in a tab in Opera on desktop 2. I had previously tried this solution but Dexpot did not work well with the Windows 10 start menu which onloy nworked on desktop 1. I now have a fix for that so have what appears to be a resolution to my issue with Opera!
  • Virtual desktops have been on OS/2, Linux and OS X for years. I come from that lineage so it's very natural for me and gives me a very uncluttered desktop. I run my email client on one desktop and my browser on another. If I click on a running app in the taskbar it goes to the app on the desktop where it is running. It's very simple. I love Opera but can't understand why in this respect it doesn't work like other browsers. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • When I read this article when it came out I decided not to, but lately Edge was driving me nuts, spellckeck stopped working, Ctrl+F didn't do anything and even if you open Find on Page from the menu, it didn't search, so I decided to give Opera a shot. BOOOOOY I DID NOT KNOW what I was missing. It is amazing. Edge can SUCK it, even with its Ask Cortana, it is in a freaking stone age of browsing! OPERA is sooo much better!
  • Ive been using Opera for a couple of weeks and absolutely love it. The ad blocking has made my browsing super fast. And the YouTube video pop out is wonderful! I still use Edge for a few things, but Opera is my main browser going forward.
  • I use both Windows and OSX.  The sync feature works great between both platforms. After a couple of days using Opera I would give it a big thumbs up. (Yes, I'm aware of the fact Chrome also syncs well between OSX and Windows. But, I found it to be a big resource hog and battery killer thus, uninstallled.)
  • just downloaded opera 37 in windows 10. i use dashlane and they told me i need chrome extension. i downloaded it but cant see it, likewise imported favourites but cant see them . any hemp please  
  • I downloaded it on two devices, and really liked it, until I realized that the Speed Dial feature which I like a lot does not sync across all devices. There is no speed dial that syncs across all devices, rather the ability to access the speed dial of other devices. What were they thinking? I un-installed it. Back to Chrome.
  • Not sure what you issue is but I have loaded Opera on several devices (Both Windows and OSX) where sync works perfectly.
  • There is no one Speed Dial that syncs across all devices..Each device has it's own speed dial.  My preference and the preference of many others that have posted on other blogs would be to have one speed dial that syncs across all devices, like the Chrome speed dial extension that I have gone back to using..
  • I'm using Opera for years now, but it was only on this review I discovered this option to change the window color. I'm feeling so stupid, haha
  • It's funny, but when I visit this site with Opera, the site begs me to turn off my ad blocker. You know, I started using Opera again because I read this article. I do love this site, but sometimes the ads are ridiculous. When I visit on Chrome, I don't block the ads (90% of the time). When I'm mobile with my laptop I'm on Opera, and ads get blocked. I have to admit, its kind of nice. You should really consider a less aggressive ad partner. That's just my humble suggestion. Before I had an Android phone, Opera was all I ever used. Now I'm a Chrome guy, because Chrome ties in so nicely with everything I do on my phone. Opera is still an excellent browser. In fact, it's now much improved. Thanks for the suggestion.