Opera have released a preview of Opera’s new Chromium powered browser. Opera Next has a new version of is shortcut page called Speed Dial where you can create web shortcuts and group them together into folders. Stash enables you to store clips of a web sites for later, Discover is curated collection of news and entertainment channels. There is also a new minimalistic user interface that is easier to navigate around.
The browser could make a good alternative to Chrome or Firefox but I think it’s going to be an uphill struggle for Opera to take an marketshare.
Download Opera Next for Windows and Mac at http://www.opera.com/next, full details below
Oslo, Norway – May 28, 2013 – Countless hours of hard work, hectoliters of coffee, tons of improvements, two version numbers skipped, and here it is: The all-new Opera for desktop is now out as an Opera Next version, Opera’s channel for what used to be called beta. Made from scratch, this version is available for Windows and Mac and brings a new, elegant design and a bunch of new features that will make your browsing experience sleeker and easier than ever.
Craftsmanship, 17 years of hands-on experience and a passion for the web has helped Opera introduce a lot of improvements and new technologies in this new browser. Opera has refreshed the most loved features and added some completely new ways to interact with the web.
Here are the latest improvements that Opera has prepared for Windows and Mac users to get the most out of the web:
Speed Dial: Opera’s popular shortcuts start page has been refreshed to make exploring web content easier and smarter. Speed Dial shortcuts can now be gathered in folders and easily filtered. Drag and drop one Speed Dial entry on top of another to create a folder, or use the new Speed Dial search field to experience the power of visual Speed Dial entries combined with the flexibility and organization of a classic bookmark folder.
Discover: Get hot, new content, with no browsing necessary. The new Discover feature allows you to lean back and get fed with new articles from your country, or whatever region you want to get inspiration from, right in your browser – all in one place. Pick and choose your category: news, food, technology or something else you are more interested in. Opera brings you a selection of relevant global and regional sources to discover web content more easily.
Stash: Imagine that, after hours of shopping at your mall for new shoes, you find a single shelf with all the pairs you have tried on so far, so you can sit down, compare, and pick the winner. That’s what Opera’s new Stash feature does for you with websites. Simply hit the heart icon in the address bar to collect the websites you want to compare easily while shopping, or to keep your travel research on hotels, sights and flights at your fingertips. Scan your Stash by resizable page preview, or search what you’ve saved, with keywords.
Search: Now, you can search directly from the new combined address and search bar. Simply start typing a webpage address to go directly to your favorite site, or enter a search term and choose one of several search engines to look for suggested websites.
New look: Rest your eyes on the new, refined user interface. It is modern, sleek, deeply integrated with the platform and built from the ground up. Browse more easily with new elegant icons, tab bar and more.
Opera for desktop has not only been redesigned; it’s also completely re-engineered under the hood. With the Chromium engine, users get a standards-compliant and high-performance browser. Opera’s Off-Road mode, previously called Opera Turbo, now supports SPDY protocol and enables loading webpages faster, even in the toughest of network conditions.
“Completely rethinking a browser in today’s competitive market is a big thing,” says Opera Software SVP of Desktop Products, Krystian Kolondra. “Our new browser is more beautiful and allows users to harness the massive amount of web content they are faced with today. Give it a try and discover something completely new.”
Opera’s new desktop and mobile browsers will now be named to reflect the version number of the engine powering the browser. The recently released Opera for Android has been given the number 14, while the newest version of Opera for desktop has been named 15, as it is based on a more recent engine version.
Based on user feedback, Opera decided to make the mail client a standalone offer, so that it takes up less memory and space in the browser itself. The result is a new, lightweight tool, Opera Mail. With the new labeling, filtering, threads and multiple tabs, users gain a faster and sleeker than ever mail experience. Download the Opera Mail release candidate at http://my.opera.com/desktopteam/blog/opera-next-15-0-released/.
Download Opera Next for desktop at http://www.opera.com/next