Opera

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 3840 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    12.12
  • Total Downloads:
    12,597,588
  • Date Added:
    December 18, 2012
  • File Size:
    31.03MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    13,400
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7

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

"Good, but lots of pages don't work"

February 03, 2013  |  By dbmalya

 |  Version: Opera 12.12

Pros

Looks good, the speed dial is good, lots of inbuilt features, and there is a 'turbo' thing that speeds up browsing on slow connections.

Cons

The main problem with opera, is page compatibility. Loads of websites don't render properly. Some websites outright lose all the styling and texts show up all over the place, some others load, but there's some part of the page that won't function. As in, the page looks fine, you type something in a text box on the page and click on "Go", nothing happens. What's worse, they have a fanboy filled help forum, who tend to blame every page incompatibility on the website builder. It's like, Opera is the gold standard, and if something doesn't work, it's always the website's fault.
These idiots seem to forget, that the same page WORKS perfectly in mozilla firefox, perfectly in google chrome, perfectly in IE9, perfectly in Safari for windows, it's ONLY OPERA THAT FAILS, but yet, it's not Opera's fault, it's the web page builder who hasn't done a proper job. Opera fanboys are worse than Apple fanboys.

Summary

Don't waste your time with this.
It looks good, and when you use it a first few days, it would appear to work good. But over time, you will come across loads and loads of websites which won't function properly. When you write this on their help forum, 99% of the times the stupid fanboys will fire back that Opera is the best and the website designer has not done a good job.
What they fail to see, is that the same page renders perfectly in every other major browser out there in the wild.
If every other browser can render it right, and opera cannot, i don't care whose fault it is, opera is the first thing i will get rid of.
I've spent enough time trying to get it to work. I really have better things to do than waste time in opera forum, tweaking this setting, changing that setting, installing patches, and finally hear from some arrogant fanboy that the website which renders properly in every other browser and fails in opera, is the result of the website programmer's fault, not opera's.
Move on. Firefox and Chrome are way better than this.

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2 stars

"Page Rendering Problems"

January 28, 2013  |  By EricVonZipper

 |  Version: Opera 12.12

Pros

One of the few exports from Norway except hot blond chicks!

Cons

Not a hot blond chick. Page rendering isn't the greatest, esp on Netflix, and if you make the claim it's the website developers fault - why is Opera the only browser unable to correctly render Netflix? FYI - Netflix is one of the most popular sites in the world.

Summary

Who cares?

Updated on Jan 31, 2013

Hey muzackmanferyou--Why is Opera the ONLY frickin' browser that CANNOT display Netflix properly??? It's because they are still running 8mm home movies in Norway.

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5 stars

"More Functional than its contemporaries"

January 28, 2013  |  By assign1234

 |  Version: Opera 12.12

Pros

Excellent feature set and its more functional than its contemporaries, at least for me. I have Levono wireless headphones I could not get work with Explorer or Chrome (I did not try Firefox as I no longer like it).Opera had them working in seconds no fuss, no complications.
Moreover I have had far less glitches and crashes with this browser than any of the others including Firefox. It might not have as many bells and whistles but so what it works.

Cons

None that are of concern to me.

Summary

Stable, functional reliable product. What more could you ask for?

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4 stars

"Opera is the best of all the browsers"

January 21, 2013  |  By sickoffillinginthings

 |  Version: Opera 12.12

Pros

Fast, great tabs, speed dial is fab!, easy to use.

Cons

Crashes regularly, doesn't support some sites

Summary

I love it and have used it since the late 90's. I would however like to see less development on new features, and more on making it more compatible with more sites. For instance, the 'prices' tab on the Caravan Club site doesn't work.

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1 stars

"Less than one star"

January 15, 2013  |  By btljooz

 |  Version: Opera 12.12

Pros

NONE - Absolutely NONE! ...ok? it's over four characters now, CNET! :|

Cons

Won't connect to the internet even with my AV and Firewall dropped.

Summary

Don't waste your time with this cr4pware! Unfortunately, we're still stuck with Firefox if we don't want our computers opened up to the stuff that IE lets in and don't want to be spied on by Google.

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3 stars

"Good but needs work."

January 13, 2013  |  By bgrpaul

 |  Version: Opera 12.12

Pros

Easy to download

Cons

Chrome,firefox,opera all look and act the same. Ie poser

Summary

Will stick with IE

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4 stars

"The old girl still works!"

January 11, 2013  |  By desertdan1

 |  Version: Opera 12.12

Pros

Turbo works great on slow connection. does well surfing web fastest browser out there.

Cons

set up of bookmarks to toolbar poor!,Has occisional issue of crashing for no apparent reason

Summary

Great little browser is my backup have had it for 10 years .

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5 stars

"Opera is still the BEST browser, period!"

January 04, 2013  |  By Dzmax

 |  Version: Opera 12.12

Pros

It's fast and can be installed from Flash drive and carry with you to use on any PC without hassle! Can any other Browsers do that?
Great customizable to suit every need for best Internet use.
Can be mask or identify as IE and Firefox *need!*
Turbo boost can be activate for slow network
Built in with great download manager as standard and easy to use

Cons

I can see some of the features in Chrome! I wonder if Google paid for that!

Summary

Best ever for brows Internet

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5 stars

"richest and fastest browser"

January 03, 2013  |  By blazenisus

 |  Version: Opera 12.12

Pros

fully featured and most customizable browser so it doesn't need 2 many extension which slows down page loading time

only 1 feature missing - integrated translator like chrome have

Cons

none when you configure it for personal usage

Summary

always in front of others with features and always at the top when it comes to speed

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5 stars

"Awesome browser"

January 02, 2013  |  By Coa96

 |  Version: Opera 12.12

Pros

Great interface with speed dial
Fast
Stable
Secure
Extensions
Very good HTML5 support
Improved compability

Cons

Nothing at all...

Summary

I didn't use to like this browser beacuse scrolling was very laggy. But latest update 12.12 made this browser my favourite. I would definetly recommend this browser to everyone.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 12.12
version 12.12 includes several general fixes and stability improvements, has new option 'Delete settings and data for all extensions' option (off by default) in the Delete Private Data dialog, corrected an issue where using the 'Delete Private Data' dialog could delete extension and settings data, and fixed an issue where malformed GIF images could allow execution of arbitrary code.
General
Publisher Opera Software
Publisher web site http://www.opera.com/
Release Date December 18, 2012
Date Added December 18, 2012
Version 12.12
Category
Category Browsers
Subcategory Web Browsers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows, Windows Server 2008, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 2003, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 31.03MB
File Name Opera_26.0.1656.24_Setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 12,597,588
Downloads Last Week 13,400
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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