The premise of Opera has always been the same--develop the fastest, smallest, and most full-featured browser available--and the latest version maintains the tradition. Opera has all the basics covered, including tabbed browsing with an added functionality that lets you hover over a tab to preview a page; a search bar with Google and several other popular portals; advanced bookmarking tools, including one that lets you easily import from any popular browser; and simple integration with your favorite e-mail and chat clients. Mouse-gesture support, keyboard shortcuts, and drag-and-drop functionality further enhance your surfing experience.
With solid basics, Opera's extra features push it to the top of the class. Integrated theme support lets you preview and download themes from within the interface so you know what you're getting before you download. Widgets (akin to Mac OS X dashboard applications) are small, useful programs that appear in a window from any app while Opera is running. The Wand utility helps you autofill online forms and lets you securely save passwords for multiple sites. We really like the addition of BitTorrent support, letting you drop a Torrent link into the address bar and begin a file transfer immediately without the need for an extra app. New in version 9.1, added fraud protection provides another layer of security by identifying fake sites in realtime--a welcome addition for safer browsing. Overall, we think Opera might have what it takes to unseat even the biggest-name browsers if users give it the opportunity. Opera is a must-download for those looking for a full-featured browser with added extras.
Opera 9 includes support for BitTorrent, the popular file distribution technology and innovative widgets--small, useful, and handy Web programs. Opera ensures online efficiency, either by tabbed browsing, saved sessions, trash can, notes or allowing you to add your favorite search engines to the search bar as well as start exactly where you last finished browsing. Opera introduced security bar to prevent phishing and strengthened pop-up blocker.
Version 9.1 includes Fraud Protection.