Opera

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 3838 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    25.0.1614.50
  • Total Downloads:
    12,529,422
  • Date Added:
    October 15, 2014
  • File Size:
    30.42MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    14,400
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8

Editors' Review

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Opera's move to Webkit and later embracing the Chromium engine signals a new, much more competitive push by the Scandinavian browser-maker to keep up with speedier demands, yet still maintaining some of the classic signature features of previous versions.

When you open the browser, you'll find a new Discover tab sitting on the welcome page. Opera will curate various news articles around the world. The left drop-down will list various topics and categories tailored around your interests. The right drop-down menu lets you discover content from around the world in various languages. The Discover feature may sound a bit like fancy branding at first for a news aggregator, but it's well executed and appropriate to Opera's mission of being more than just a Web browser.

Off-Road mode also makes its way into the desktop browser, which strips extraneous content from Web pages to give you just the bare-bone parts of a site, while reducing data and memory consumption.

Speed Dial and Stash are both very fluid, well-executed takes on bookmarking. Using Speed Dial is similar to organizing apps on a touchscreen, so it's no coincidence that Opera has designed this browser to be touch friendly with large containers. You can reorder and reorganize your saved pages or drag them into another to create a folder.

Stash is another take on saving pages and reading them later, but functions more like Pocket in that it's meant for pages to be read later. Again, these are features that can be achieved via extensions and Web apps, but having them conveniently built into the browser and working natively brings its own advantages. And this makes sense: earlier in the year, Opera released its mobile version to complement the desktop browser and maintain a consistent user experience much more seamlessly across devices than it has ever really done before.

Opera has maintained a consistent but small fraction of the browser market, with a noteworthy hold on the mobile market with Opera Mini on lower-end devices. Version 15 reflects a refocused initiative on performance, design, and surprisingly, content curation. It's still a long uphill battle when facing heavyweight titans like IE, Firefox, and Chrome, but if users are looking to embrace an alternative take without sacrificing performance, then we highly recommend taking Opera out for a spin.

 
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  • 5 stars

    "A Simple, Elegant, and Effective product !"

    October 16, 2014   |   By FaheyChaim

    Version: Opera 25.0.1614.50

    Pros

    It doesn't get better than this!!

    Cons

    It is completely up to my expectation

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  • 1 stars

    "nothing to be liked"

    October 16, 2014   |   By pnyli

    Version: Opera 25.0.1614.50

    Pros

    none at all, none at all

    Cons

    Can't even set my own HOME page with this junk browser. Interface looks similar to WIN 8 crap so may be same team was involved in its design. And is so slow when compared ro Firefox.

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  • 2 stars

    "i lost interest - was once great, now only ok"

    October 16, 2014   |   By ChoiceVoice

    Version: Opera 25.0.1614.50

    Pros

    -works, but so does its competition.
    -extensions
    -a google chrome clone (without chrome spying and system take over ... i hate that chrome wants to start with system, slowing down startup).

    Cons

    -a google chrome clone (without sandbox tech).
    -an hostile forum filled with opera-fanatical-fools that insults anyone.
    -updater doesn't work with some browser sandbox programs (they break updater so you can not update ... same happens with google chrome, so must be a webkit thing).
    -extensions may not shut off with opera program.
    -bookmarks etc sucky.

    Summary

    yes, i know it uses blink, a fork of webkit:/

    why use this over google chrome??? not sure. i found i can control chrome by using portable inside liberkey. liberkey updates for me and chrome behaves. don't really need opera then. plus, firefox is sweet.

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  • 1 stars

    "DEAD BOOKMARK AND SYNC SYSTEM"

    October 12, 2014   |   By rickyaz4

    Version: Opera 24.0.1558.64

    Pros

    - Pretty fast
    - Renders pages well

    Cons

    - WHERE DID THE BOOKMARK MENU SYSTEM GO?
    - NO MOBILE BOOKMARK SYNC
    - You can save sites in the "stash" but they're all thrown together.
    - Non existent support
    - Support forums are worthless when it comes to this issue, they'll just shut down your post.

    Why would you bother releasing a browser that lacks a bookmark menu system and no sync with mobile?!

    EVEN INTERNET EXPLORER AS AN ORGANIZED BOOKMARKING SYSTEM!!

    Summary

    Move foward with your browser, NOT BACKWARDS!

    Updated on Oct 12, 2014

    This browser does have potential. If cnet would let me update my review, I would update it to a 3 because if renders pages very well and interface looks great. Now to be fair Internet Explorer doesn't sync either.

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  • 3 stars

    "Need more Improvement"

    October 10, 2014   |   By Sigmund_6th

    Version: Opera 24.0.1558.64

    Pros

    Beautiful display and Interface

    Cons

    1. No Bookmark
    2. Poor synchronize Function
    3. A little extension

    Summary

    I think Bookmark is important . If Opera can synchronize Bookmark from Google or Google Chrome. It will perfect browser

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  • 1 stars

    "I think Opera has even given up"

    October 06, 2014   |   By bmallek540

    Version: Opera 24.0.1558.64

    Pros

    Does work a lot of the time

    Cons

    Doesn't load pages, slow, memory hog.

    Summary

    The past couple of ratings for Opera haven't been so good and there's a good reason. Since Opera must be aware that their browser is (to say the least) sub-par and not corrected it, it would seem like Opera has given up also. It has gotten so bad that I removed Opera from my system. I may check back in a few months but as it stands now, Opera is miserable.

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  • 1 stars

    "Absolute Crap - Slows system to a snails pace!!"

    October 02, 2014   |   By milesskinner

    Version: Opera 24.0.1558.64

    Pros

    nothing at all.

    Cons

    Slowed my operating system right down, complete waste of time.

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  • 5 stars

    "Even better."

    September 19, 2014   |   By kendawson

    Version: Opera 24.0.1558.61

    Pros

    When I first tried the new Webkit version some time ago, I was terribly disappointed at the apparent lack of user control over things and reverted immediately to Opera 12.17. Perhaps I didn't spend enough time exploring it, I don't know, but I have now installed the latest version 24.0.1558.61 and have found everything that I liked about v.12.17 and more, including an even better speed-dial, stash and the ability to delete browsing history and individual cookies while browsing. We've still got the mouse gestures, keyboard shortcuts and there are plenty of useful extensions to add on.

    Contrary to what some people are saying, it does import bookmarks. I found the bookmark import icon on the speed-dial page and it will import into bookmarks or speed-dial.

    Cons

    The only thing I'm missing is the Notes facility which I found really useful.

    Summary

    I didn't think version 12.17 could be improved but I was wrong. I think Opera have stopped supporting it now so to all you 12.17 lovers, I can recommend installing this latest version. It's very polished and fast.

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  • 2 stars

    "Not ready for prime time."

    September 06, 2014   |   By st737mn

    Version: Opera 24.0.1558.53

    Pros

    Fast clean interface, like the tabs open in front
    Running on Win 7 Home Prem / ASUS ROG laptop

    Cons

    Ver 24 and still no bookmark import

    Summary

    Fast but not much use if I have to import 100's of bookmarks manually
    Uninstalled......

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  • 4 stars

    "Great but has major flaws"

    September 03, 2014   |   By craigminah

    Version: Opera 24.0.1558.53

    Pros

    Fast, clean UI, not Google

    Cons

    Still no bookmark import

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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 25.0.1614.50
    • A bookmark manager allows you to collect and organize your favorite content, including a thumbnail preview for visually recognizing pages.
    • Web notifications let developers deliver native alerts or status information to their users.
    • A PDF viewer displays documents directly in the webview, without the need for installing an extension. The built-in PDF viewer will only be enabled if no other PDF handlers are in use.
    • An experimental start page is available for testing, including new stylistic treatments for Speed Dial entries and the Discover feature.
    General
    Publisher Opera Software
    Publisher web site http://www.opera.com/
    Release Date October 15, 2014
    Date Added October 15, 2014
    Version 25.0.1614.50
    Category
    Category Browsers
    Subcategory Web Browsers
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows 2003, Windows, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 30.42MB
    File Name Opera_25.0.1614.50_Setup.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 12,529,422
    Downloads Last Week 14,400
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    License Model Free
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    Price Free

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