Opera

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 3839 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    18.0.1284.68
  • Total Downloads:
    12,520,877
  • Date Added:
    December 16, 2013
  • File Size:
    30.42MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    12,166
  • 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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    1.8

    out of 12 votes

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    4.3

    out of 3839 votes

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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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  • 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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    What's new in version 18.0.1284.68
    Version 18.0.1284.68 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
    General
    Publisher Opera Software
    Publisher web site http://www.opera.com/
    Release Date December 16, 2013
    Date Added December 16, 2013
    Version 18.0.1284.68
    Category
    Category Browsers
    Subcategory Web Browsers
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows 2003, Windows, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 8, Windows XP
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 30.42MB
    File Name Opera_25.0.1614.50_Setup.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 12,520,877
    Downloads Last Week 12,166
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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