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Full user review
"Better than Opera 11, but not by much"
-Faster browsing speeds
-Less bloat (United, Widgets now gone)
-Separate processes for plugins like Flash
-Browser till crashes at certain times, and I received an error message for each of my 50 tabs!
Well, Opera is still the browser to choose if you want relatively stable performance and good memory management when using a lot of tabs, but it still has issues with crashing at seemingly random moments.
I don't understand why Cnet is knocking it for lacking innovation. I mean, do you really need all the changes and updates that you likely will have no idea about? Web browsers have come a long way, and there's really not much room to improve in terms of features. Previous Opera users will be more than happy with Opera 12, and newcomers will also likely be happy with it.