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Opera

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February 13, 2011    
 
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Opera is a Web Browser Software for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and is created by Opera Software ASA.

Tabbed Browsing an Innovation by Opera

The Opera web browser and Internet suite may not enjoy the same popularity as, say, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox, but there are countries that make primary use of the browser. One such country is Ukraine. This is quite understandable as the web browser has been known to be the originator of several great features that other browsers have been incorporating into their own designs.  One of the features that have been best-known for being an Opera original is tabbed browsing. Because of this innovation, users of web browsers do not have to leave a page or open a new instance of the browser to go to another page.

Opera Browser Summary

As a web browser for computer systems, the Opera began in 1994 as a Norwegian telecommunications company’s research project.  The name of the company is Telenor. In 1996, the web browser was finally released to the public.  Only a couple more years later, there have been some moves to design an Opera version for handheld devices, an understandable path given the fact that mobile phones and similar devices are growing in popularity at about that time.  Though not as popular in the overall worldwide market as some big-named web browsers, the Opera web browser has been gaining respect from developers of those other browsers. An evidence of that respect is the fact that many developers have been integrating some Opera originals into their own software.  Features such as tabbed browsing and visual mouse gestures are making their appearances in other web browsers.

Opera Browser Features

Opera offers a lot of the features that are used in other web browsers. The Opera web browser and Internet suite comes with Opera Mail, an email client. It also has an IRC chat client.  The web browser can also be set to block ads and malware and is equipped with fraud protection. These are features that are very important especially since online criminal activity has been increasing due to the anonymity offered by the World Wide Web. The Opera web browser is also deemed to be speedy, especially when compared to the Internet Explorer. This must come as a surprise for some of the fans of the latter given the fact that Internet Explorer is still the most widely used browser out there.  Opera also comes with signature features such as tabbed browsing and visual mouse gestures.

Opera Browser User Interface

There is nothing strange with the Opera user interface. When a user opens the browser, he will see the usual stuff: the bar where the URL address goes, the little icon shortcuts and the integrated search engine bar.  Everything is neat, clear and user-friendly. The awe will just come when the user realizes that the Opera browser is the first to use the tabbed browsing feature. The feature sure comes in handy for researchers and other multi-tasking users.

Opera Browser Review

The name of the web browser may suggest something dramatic, though it is not really until the user finds out that it is the originator of some great features. The Opera web browser and Internet suite may not be as popular as Internet Explorer but it sure beats the latter in the speed department.  The mobile version of the Opera is, however, the most popular of its kind.  The 1998 move to create an Opera version for handheld devices must have done well.  If the user wants a clean user interface that can be organized into several tabs, the Opera should be the answer. Other browsers made use of the feature but the Opera developers were right about making it happen. If users are still unsure about switching to Opera, they can at least use the mobile version.

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4.5
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Opera was the first browser I switched to from Internet Explorer. Don't be afraid, that's not the reason I gave it such high ratings. I'm a regular user of Firefox and Chrome as well, yet Opera still holds a special place in my heart. This is due in large part to it's ease of use.

Opera doesn't really have a marketplace or web store like Firefox and Chrome have, the reason being that there are not a lot of independent developers interested in it. This disadvantage actually makes it a better browser in some regards. The lack of outside interest has forced the developers from Opera to come up with their own add-ons. Thus ensuring that you get quality tested extensions which are embedded in the software. A shining example of this is the IRC extension, which was running as expected in a matter of minutes on Opera, yet I couldn't for the life of me make it work on Chrome, even after trying for an hour.

I called Opera the iPhone of internet browsers because it works out of the box, you don't need to tweak anything to get the most out of it. This is the main reason why it's the first browser I recommend to people who are technically challenged. However if you are a more advanced user, you can inadvertently hit it's limits which might result in horrible memory bleeds.
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4.5
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4.0
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5.0
Reviewed by nandgate May 01, 2013
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Opera is the iPhone of internet browsers.

Opera was the first browser I switched to from Internet Explorer. Don't be afraid, that's not the reason I gave it such high ratings. I'm a regular user of Firefox and Chrome as well, yet Opera still holds a special place in my heart. This is due in large part to it's ease of use.

Opera doesn't really have a marketplace or web store like Firefox and Chrome have, the reason being that there are not a lot of independent developers interested in it. This disadvantage actually makes it a better browser in some regards. The lack of outside interest has forced the developers from Opera to come up with their own add-ons. Thus ensuring that you get quality tested extensions which are embedded in the software. A shining example of this is the IRC extension, which was running as expected in a matter of minutes on Opera, yet I couldn't for the life of me make it work on Chrome, even after trying for an hour.

I called Opera the iPhone of internet browsers because it works out of the box, you don't need to tweak anything to get the most out of it. This is the main reason why it's the first browser I recommend to people who are technically challenged. However if you are a more advanced user, you can inadvertently hit it's limits which might result in horrible memory bleeds.

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I am surprised how little attention Opera gets, especially considering it's such a long established browser. I bought the software a few months ago as an experiment, having had several problems with Internet Explorer and Firefox.

Right now I have it installed on my desktop computer, which I use as a back up more than for day to day tasks. Every time I start it up I am surprised by the speed of the Opera system. It has to be the fastest at searching and displaying information, and definitely beats every other browser I have used.

Sadly this good point is cancelled out by issues of incompatability. It is frustrating when pages can't be opened and you have to switch back to another system. I hope more webmasters figure out the benefits of being open to Opera.

I still recommend this software, but perhaps it's better for light net users. The easy set up would be great for older people, or those less confident with computers.
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Reviewed by Carlton October 21, 2011
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Opera hits a good note

I am surprised how little attention Opera gets, especially considering it's such a long established browser. I bought the software a few months ago as an experiment, having had several problems with Internet Explorer and Firefox.

Right now I have it installed on my desktop computer, which I use as a back up more than for day to day tasks. Every time I start it up I am surprised by the speed of the Opera system. It has to be the fastest at searching and displaying information, and definitely beats every other browser I have used.

Sadly this good point is cancelled out by issues of incompatability. It is frustrating when pages can't be opened and you have to switch back to another system. I hope more webmasters figure out the benefits of being open to Opera.

I still recommend this software, but perhaps it's better for light net users. The easy set up would be great for older people, or those less confident with computers.

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