Opera

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 3852 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    12.10
  • Total Downloads:
    12,934,067
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 16, 2012
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    667.72KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    10,850
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #3 in Web Browsers

Editors' Review

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The bottom line: Extensions, competitive page-load times, solid features, and good support for "future Web" technologies make Opera 12 an excellent browser, but it's treading water where it used to lead.

Review:
The second-oldest browser currently in use, Opera debuted way back in 1994 and continues to attract attention. Its feature-phone version claims more than 160 million users worldwide. While desktop Opera isn't quite as heavily used, it has developed a reputation as a leader on feature development, and can hold its own against the big four.

Opera covers the basics with tabbed browsing, mouse-over previews, a customizable search bar, advanced bookmarking tools, and simple integration with e-mail and chat clients. Mouse-gesture support, keyboard shortcuts, and drag-and-drop functionality round out the essentials.

Installation
Installing Opera is a fast and short process, taking less than 2 minutes. Many of Opera's built-in features require creating a MyOpera account, but the browser will only prompt you to do so when you use them for the first time -- it's not required to browse.

Tap the Options button on the first install screen to reveal configuration tweaks. Besides changing the browser's default language and install path, you can also install for just the currently signed-on user, or choose to install Opera directly to an external device. It's a great, simple way to create a portable version of Opera for a USB key.

Interface
Opera's interface keeps the same look that debuted in Opera 11, with a condensed menu button in the upper left corner, tabs on top, and a translucent status bar on the bottom that hosts buttons to reveal Opera's Panels, and to activate Link and Turbo. The bottom right corner of the status bar sports a dedicated zoom slider.

The navigation bar and its associated buttons and extension icons are a uniform height, keeping the browser's chrome, its interface, to a minimum. It's a polished look, and one that most browsers offer today. The search box, located in its default space to the right of the location bar, can be removed. That and further interface customizations can be made by right-clicking on the navigation bar and selecting customize.

The influence of the radical interface changes that Google Chrome introduced in 2008 can be seen here, from tabs on top to the extension icons, yet Opera's personality does still come through enough to have a different vibe and feel from Chrome. A red Opera "O" logo button in the upper left corner reveals options and menus, while a wrench icon on the New Tab page allows you to customize Opera's forward-thinking Speed Dial.

Features and support
The five major browsers have been liberally borrowing features and innovations from each other for years, yet Opera has developed a reputation for showcasing some of the more interesting browser developments first. That's fallen off a bit in version 12, which showcases more catching up than trailblazing leadership.

Quirky features such as Widgets, Unite, and Voice have been killed off, which means that there's less bloat in the browser. But no doubt that those executions were performed also because of a lack of user interest.

Opera 12's hardware acceleration, which is when the browser uses the graphics processor to render animations faster and more smoothly, is still a work in progress. It's in the browser, but you must manually activate it for now.

Many changes in Opera 12 that pull it closer to parity with the competition. These include separate processes for plug-ins like Flash and QuickTime, so that when the plug-in crashes, the browser doesn't burn up with it; a lightweight add-on structure powered by HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS emphasized for extensions and now themes; and redesigned location bar security badges that are easier to read.

This isn't to say that Opera can't compare, because it holds up well. It's just not quite as innovative in this version as in the past. You still get tab stacks, a way to group tabs and cut down on tab clutter; tab pinning; and Opera Link for syncing Bookmarks, Speed Dial, Notes, and passwords to other instances of Opera, including Opera Mobile and Opera Mini. Sadly, there's still no tab sync in Opera.

There's Growl and multitouch trackpad support on Macs, support for some HTML5 including next-generation video and audio codec WebM, geolocation compatibility, Web Workers, App Cache, and Web fonts. The Web Open Font Format (WOFF), which Opera co-sponsored, hasn't yet been added, although Opera expects it will be soon. And Opera 12 has added HTML5 support for controlling local media hardware, such as Webcams, from Web sites.

One of Opera's lesser-known features is its integrated mail client. It's a reasonable alternative to Outlook, offering many similar features. It can handle importing mailbox files from Outlook Express, Thunderbird, Netscape, and Eudora, supports POP3 and IMAP, and quickly synced with Gmail when we added our account.

There are other features in Opera, including tab previews, newsgroups support, a built-in session manager, and a fantastic array of customizations that rival Firefox. Of all the browsers out there, Opera ships with a massive feature set and is an excellent choice for users who want something fast and robust but just a bit old-school right out of the box. However, aside from the integrated mail support, much of what Opera offers can now be found elsewhere.

Performance
Full benchmarks will be added here as they are completed, but preliminary results indicate that Opera 12's page-load times remain comparable to its competitors on publicly available benchmark tests. Short version: It's an extremely fast browser. And although rumors persist about Web site incompatibility, we've yet to encounter any major site that Opera had problems with.

Conclusion
Opera is in firm grip of the fifth-place slot in the race to be the world's most-used browser. It doesn't have the backing of a major corporation like Apple's Safari, Google's Chrome, or Microsoft's Internet Explorer, and it lacks the massive, open developer's community of Mozilla's Firefox. What it does have are a fantastic combination of speed and built-in services, and a mobile base that's enormous.

What's missing is a compelling argument for adoption beyond a dislike of the other four. As much as we enjoy our time using Opera, it doesn't surpass the competition -- it only matches it.

 
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1 stars

"Sucks Since NSA took over Opera"

May 25, 2015  |  By FredVanOl

 |  Version: Opera 29.0.1795.60

Pros

Lots of skins

Cons

Direct link to NSA, Crashes, Doesn't work with a lot of sites. Disconnects if can't breach your firewall in weird ways (even though Opera itself is allowed)

Summary

Older versions of Opera still work OK but newer versions have NSA hooks that make it very problematic.

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3 stars

"Get it directly from Opera"

April 27, 2015  |  By cnetmattreviews

 |  Version: Opera 28.0.1750.51

Pros

When downloaded and installed from Opera, everything worked just fine. I just now started using it, so can't say to much about the product, yet.

Cons

When downloading from CNET, my antivirus and firewall flagged malware "SUSPICIOUS.CLOUD.9", and the "product" was automatically deleted/quarantined.

Summary

Download directly from Opera.
This is not the first time I've experienced and heard of this from CNET. While CNET provides valuable services, they really need to get it together if they expect to be around much longer.

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5 stars

"Appearance is very beautiful, I love it"

April 01, 2015  |  By BucholzBenestad

 |  Version: Opera 28.0.1750.48

Pros

It's just great. Super easy to operate and understand.

Cons

As far as I can tell, none.

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5 stars

"You gotta love it!"

March 31, 2015  |  By dexteriot

 |  Version: Opera 28.0.1750.48

Pros

Im a programmer and Im a long time Firefox and Chrome user. I tried Opera in the past but because it didnt have a feature where you could clear browsing history on exit I havent used it much. Recently I decided to try it again because FF was slow and wouldn't work well with videos. I was absolutely surprised to find new and improved Opera! The speed dial works well, I love the Discover feature. It is fast, works well with videos and other media. It still lacks clear history on exit feature, thats why I still use FF and Chrome, but I really, really like it!

Cons

No 'clear browsing history on exit' option.

Summary

Love it!

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1 stars

"One step away from MALWARE"

March 20, 2015  |  By tuliphead

 |  Version: Opera 28.0.1750.48

Pros

minimal interface, if that rocks your boat

Cons

- minimal interface, everything required is hidden or simply does not exist - no menus, no update option, most preferences either hidden or missing
- Does not uninstall - had multiple versions of this CRAP on my computer going all the way back to version 10. I had foolishly assumed that each new version replaced the previous one. Also when tried to uninstall ALL versions it flat out refused to allow me to do so. Finally had to resort to RevoUninstaller to get rid of this heap of *****.
- Hogs resources like none of the other browsers. Occassionally crashes computer when opening multiple pages which no other browser does.

Summary

Dangerous resource hogging piece of MALWARE *****.

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3 stars

"Home Button"

March 15, 2015

 |  Version: Opera 28.0.1750.40

Pros

better and faster than chrome and firefox.

Cons

No home button and can't set up a home page only can set up a start page(which I don't need) and when i import bookmarks from HTML file I need to open folders after folders after folders just to get to my bookmarks just like firefox and the menu button on the top left kind like firefox menu too, it's really really bad.

Summary

so back to using chrome, at lest chrome is better and faster than firefox

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2 stars

"I don't like the current revision of OP!"

February 22, 2015  |  By GCG1000

 |  Version: Opera 27.0.1689.69

Pros

Nothing I can't get from Chrome!

Cons

It's a mess!

Summary

Sadly, they gave up on Marlin and M2! Marlin was one of the safest rendering engines ever conceived! Chrome Browser 64 bit in NOW my browser of choice. OP missed the boat! Marlin was fast, secure and superb!

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5 stars

"Best browser in the history!"

February 14, 2015  |  By XCritic

 |  Version: Opera 27.0.1689.69

Pros

Lightweight , Simply Beauty , Powerful

Cons

Cnet rating is so awful !
This browser must be 5Star.

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5 stars

"Great tool, no nagging appearance."

February 11, 2015  |  By AshingAdolph

 |  Version: Opera 27.0.1689.66

Pros

Great tool, no nagging appearance.

Cons

Never any problems.

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5 stars

"Switched to Opera from Chrome and FF"

February 11, 2015

 |  Version: Opera 27.0.1689.66

Pros

1. Wicked fast - from my browsing experience, Opera is easily the fastest browser compared to FF and Chrome.
2. Speed dial - I use it most of the time.
3. Unique - It has a unique interface which is simple and efficient.
4. Inherent news feed - self explanatory.
5. Bookmark management - earlier, Opera did NOT support bookmark import from either files or other browsers. Gladly, they fixed this issue.
6. Rocker gestures - takes some time getting used to, but you'll eventually love it.

Cons

1. Google search bar above the speed-dial icons ruins the browser's look, but you can choose to remove it dev. mode.

Summary

I found that this browser caters to all of my needs - it's fast, neat and has a news feed. I guess Opera's done a great job here and is back to its innovative standards.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 12.10
Version 12.10 includes extension enhancements, improved compatibility and interoperability with web sites and latest operating systems.
General
Publisher Opera Software
Publisher web site http://www.opera.com/
Release Date November 16, 2012
Date Added November 16, 2012
Version 12.10
Category
Category Browsers
Subcategory Web Browsers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 667.72KB
File Name Opera_NI_stable.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 12,934,067
Downloads Last Week 10,850
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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