Opera

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 3846 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    12.10
  • Total Downloads:
    12,787,168
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 16, 2012
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    31.37MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    12,062
  • 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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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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5 stars

"It's a pretty good product"

January 05, 2015  |  By GropperBern

 |  Version: Opera 26.0.1656.60

Pros

Works smoothly, works well, works without exception

Cons

No cons, quite happy with it.

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1 stars

"Was good once, now it's GARBAGE!!!"

December 04, 2014  |  By Redflava

 |  Version: Opera 26.0.1656.32

Pros

This was once one of the best browsers I had ever used.

Cons

It's horrible now! Removed Bing Search, and took away our right to choose! No simple way to export bookmarks...just to name a few. I am completely done with this browser. I am going to uninstall this look for a new browser. It's unfortunate, because I have been using Opera for years.

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1 stars

"Piece of crap"

October 31, 2014  |  By rgroberts9612

 |  Version: Opera 25.0.1614.68

Pros

None. Nope. Nada.

Cons

Causes some facebook applications to crash. Clears pass words when you clear browser history. Has no color palette so not possible to change the color of visited pages. The color THEY chose is almost the same hue as unvisited pages. That new pop up in the upper right corner is not only not wanted, it is also extremely annoying.

Summary

What Opera has done is to create a very compelling advertisement for Mozilla. I used to swear by Opera. No longer. They have created one of the most user unfriendly browsers I have ever run across. And to top it off, they are throwing google in your face. If it were possible I would give this iteration of Opera NO stars.

Updated on Nov 4, 2014

After further investigation it is even worse than I originally reported. Every new link opens another opera browser. Does it go away when you close the link? NO. It stays there eating up memory. Is there a way to fix this with settings? Hard to tell since the menus offer little in the way of help. I suspect that trying to change the settings will be an exercise in futility. I tried changing the search engine from google to bing. google is still there. Nothing quite like taking a good thing and improving it straight into the ground. opera, you suck.

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3 stars

"Terrible update to a good browser"

October 19, 2014  |  By siriuscanid

 |  Version: Opera 25.0.1614.50

Pros

Fast, clean

Cons

t worked really well until the last update. Do not open some webpages, it crashes and produce error when it worked really ok before the update 25.0.1614.50

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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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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 7, Windows 2003, Windows, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 31.37MB
File Name Opera_27.0.1689.76_Setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 12,787,168
Downloads Last Week 12,062
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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