Opera

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 3841 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    18.0.1284.68
  • Total Downloads:
    12,643,771
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 16, 2013
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    31.05MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    13,617
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #3 in Web Browsers

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

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    out of 12 votes

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1 stars

"A ugly copy of Chrome"

January 18, 2014  |  By toyotakoala

 |  Version: Opera 18.0.1284.68

Pros

It's free and light browser

Cons

I was a Opera fans but now i don't like it no more and i use firefox

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1 stars

"Horrible Browser"

January 08, 2014  |  By Eddieburns13

 |  Version: Opera 18.0.1284.68

Pros

Horrbile Browser

Cons

Horrbile browser

Summary

Opera is good for a few days and then it starts to get glitchy. in the middle of web browsing, it just crashes. Horrible browser stick with Google Chrome or Mozzila Firefox.

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1 stars

"what have you done"

January 08, 2014  |  By sonyiavang

 |  Version: Opera 18.0.1284.68

Pros

the new update really not good, but I'm still install the old version and still happy :D

Cons

basically, what everyone said above and below, don't know why the creator make a different rout and not thinking straight

Summary

over 5 star but now down to -5, im go find firefox

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1 stars

"Was good. No more."

January 02, 2014  |  By Streeeeetch

 |  Version: Opera 18.0.1284.68

Pros

None compared to other browsers - it's just a stripped down Chrome now. You're better off just using Chrome.

Cons

No Bookmarks
No Bookmarks
No Bookmarks

Summary

I was along term fan of Opera - used it for many years with a couple of visits to Firefox when Opera became slow or unstable over the years but always went back because in its default config it was near perfect for my needs. I use bookmarks as my virtual library. Opera's bookmark handling was excellent.
It was, however, always a bit flaky with some sites. I travel a lot and kept Chrome for booking planes. No time to mess about booking one with 2 hours before a flight goes!
Now they've tried to become trendy and just become one of the crowd instead of the one who stood out as something special.
Dull, bad, sad.
I have Firefox now with a few extensions to make it more (old...) "Opera like" and don't need Chrome any more. RIP (old) Opera.

Updated on Jan 3, 2014

Cnet Guys: Given the Opera up to v12 was "outstanding" and really did warrant 4 stars and the versions since that might be called "Opera" but are totally different, would it be fairer to have split the review and results into two separate items as I think the current user reviews vastly disagree with the averages and skew the perception unfairly.

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1 stars

"Going back to Firefox"

December 29, 2013  |  By zeitfliesst

 |  Version: Opera 18.0.1284.68

Pros

Speed might be improved from v.12

Cons

As mentioned before, no bookmarks, and many features from v.12 is now gone.

Summary

Since v.18 is missing many features that I was used to from previous versions, I have been holding up with version 12.16, but I decided that I can't keep using a browser that's no longer going to be updated or maintained, since it's going to be vulnerable to security threats. Besides, it has been crashing and slowing to a crawl recently for some reason. I am now going back to Firefox for now until Opera makes substantial improvements to its current development.

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3 stars

"handicapped a great thing"

December 25, 2013  |  By ChoiceVoice

 |  Version: Opera 18.0.1284.68

Pros

-fast
-stash feature is ok
-still has fast loading panels or start up boxes or fast dials or whatever they're called
-used to be leaders in antiphishing, and suppose they still are (they had acquired an antiphishing company a while back that was the best).
-chrome like without the spying.
-great developers that will continue to work on this product.

Cons

-has acquired many of chromes disadvantages (a dozen running processes etc, but not all - ex. not messing with my startup) but also lacks some of chromes selling points (many of the apps, sandboxing).
-lost integrated mail
-bookmarks missing (which is not explained and frustrating cuz i searched for them for ever) - apparently stash is a similar new way for this? and there are some crude apps for this that i don't like yet.

Summary

poo compared to what it was:(

but ok to use.

Updated on Dec 25, 2013

further note: on my linux, the new opera is very nice on my resources and doesn't seem to suffer the same memory freeze ups that chrome and firefox do.

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3 stars

"it is good"

December 23, 2013  |  By Andymay

 |  Version: Opera 18.0.1284.68

Pros

we have no problems

Cons

so far non so keep up.

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2 stars

"Beware of Opera"

December 20, 2013  |  By Sherif Ayad

 |  Version: Opera 18.0.1284.68

Pros

Beautiful Themes

Cons

Doesn't have bookmarks, consumes lots of memory, it crashes on youtube no extensions wrench button how to use the extensions in this way

Summary

It is not chrome or opera

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2 stars

"Avoid, Opera does suction on the web"

December 19, 2013  |  By chingonkid

 |  Version: Opera 18.0.1284.68

Pros

Nice Color

Cons

Doesn't have bookmarks, consumes lots of memory, it crashed on youtube

Summary

Its like a Chrome clone with some extras built in like mouse gestures, but it does NOT have bookmarks, just like chrome it consumes a lot of memory, I did not like it at all.

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1 stars

"Was Great, now ruined!"

December 18, 2013  |  By johnbok

 |  Version: Opera 18.0.1284.68

Pros

None for old users

Cons

No control as before, veiw options gone, bookmarks gone. Why oh why did they break a great browser and come up with this rubbish?

Summary

I have been an Opera user for many years, but I will not be using this version, ever. I tried it twice now, the second with more patience. All that gave Opera an edge over other browsers has gone and we have a minimilist idea that just doesnt cut it. When is the funeral for this once brilliant software?

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Full Specifications

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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 8, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 31.05MB
File Name Opera_26.0.1656.60_Setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 12,643,771
Downloads Last Week 13,617
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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