Opera has been coming under increasing pressure in recent times and despite having around 300 million users it is easily dwarfed by bigger browsers like Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer. Yet the traditional saying goes “if you can’t beat them, join them”. Opera are doing exactly that and with Opera 15 they are using Google’s open source Chromium code to form their new browser. This essentially means it will be based off the same engine as Google’s Chrome browser as Opera ditch their previous “Presto” rendering engine in favourite of the WebKit supported Chromium solution.
Opera 15 does have a fair few features such as:
- A newly designed UI
- Discover feature – latest news/articles on categories/topics of your choosing
- Revamped Speed Dial
- Stash feature – store things to come back to
- Off-Road mode – compressed web-surfing for low bandwidth conditions
- Combined address and search bar
- A new download manager
If you are a Opera user or feel like having a go at using Opera now it is essentially a Chrome alternative, then you can get the latest downloads here or you can visit here to learn more about Opera 15.
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