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  • 3.0 stars

    "Opera remains a different animal...through the years."

    October 13, 2011  |   By TencU

    Pros

    Great flexibility and the old Opera mega-suit: integration of browser and POP3 email. Always loved their logo.
    Very short fix time against browser threats compared with much longer vulnerability at other browsers including IE and Chrome. Opera should be applauded for this. It's critical, and as much as I like Chrome, Google has been derelict, in my opinion, on fixing their browser vulnerabilities. Not Opera though, they're on it.

    Cons

    I've moved to web based mail to avoid machine death taking out un-backed email archives, so having POP3 integration with the browser is not the attractive feature it used to be.

    Bookmark importation is either not easily possible in Opera 11.51 from Chrome/IE9 or it is stupidly obscure. Many people writing in the forums, are citing bookmark disappearance and synchronizing issues as continuing problems. A browser of the maturity of Opera, especially one that has pioneered many features now embraced by IE, should have reliability issues looped by now. Lack of reliability was why left it many years ago.

    Summary

    I really want to like Opera again, but find it difficult to handle intuitive tasks such as importing bookmarks from either Chrome or IE9. I had used Opera and promoted it amongst my friends for years through many previous versions, but left it four or five years ago, when it began weird behavior and labored under my large email demands.

    Astonishingly, when I installed 11.51 on a recently purchased machine, Opera showed up on my new machine with numerous of my old bookmarks (creepy!) even though the computer I used five years ago when I stopped Opera, has been long dead. So Opera corporate must have stored my bookmarks. Hmmmm.

    Out of kindness to an old "friend" I gave 11.51 three stars, but do not put much stock in the star rating as I am unlikely to start using 11.51 much..........except for one very important attraction. The feature I cited in "pros", namely the short fix time Opera applies to patching vulnerabilities.

    So who knows......I will look more deeply into Opera.

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