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The Opera web browser is one of the most popular web browsers available today with many innovations. It is the browser that has made speed dialing popular and is probably the first to support integrated tabbed navigation.
Over the years, opera has changed radically. We have seen it evolve into a web browser with interesting features and to the point where it is just another web browser. Since 2004, I have been an enthusiastic Opera fan, mainly because of the unique character of the browser at the time. Fast forward to 2015 and I have not installed the Opera browser on my Windows 10 computer.
You may wonder why such a radical decision. Well, it has nothing to do with Opera being a terrible browser because it isn’t, it’s because the features I’ve enjoyed over the years are gone. The switch from Google’s Presto rendering engine to Chromium has changed everything, and there is no turning back.
I decided to leave, and here are the reasons for such a radical decision.
The missing email client:
My web browser is still open, so I liked accessing my emails without opening Microsoft Outlook or the email client in a browser tab. It wasn’t very easy to use, but it worked for me and many others.
The current version of Opera does not include this feature, but the developer has made sure to create an extension for those who still need it. That is great, but the implementation is not as transparent as it used to be.
The missing download manager and BitTorrent :
Unlike any other web browser, the Presto version of Opera had a fairly powerful built-in download manager. No matter if your browser has crashed or if your computer has been restarted by Batman himself, the download manager will continue where it left off.
Like the built-in BitTorrent client, this was another reason to download less stuff to your computer. Although he wasn’t as powerful as some standalone BitTorrent clients, he was solid and did what he wanted.
Missing customization possibilities:
Before the conversion to the Chromium rendering engine, Opera was the most customizable web browser without extensions. Users have had the opportunity to do a lot with the tab and URL bar. You could trade it down, sideways or up. There are a number of adjustments that the user could make to the appearance of the browser, and these are absent in the current version.
The missing Opera link :
Opera Link is probably one of the most advanced features developed by the Opera team in a long time. It allows users to run their own cloud server, so no need for OneDrive, Google Drive Dropbox and others. Users can share photos, videos, music, files, documents and more on multiple devices with others on the Web.
It is hard to forget how many times I left my laptop at home while travelling with my mobile phone. From there, I could access all the necessary files via my personal cloud server. Hey, the interface was a little awkward, so it wasn’t perfect, but with the work, it could have been something really great.
On the surface, opera is far from what it was. For me, the browser is just another browser that uses the chrome rendering engine. If I had to choose between Chrome and Opera, I would definitely choose Chrome because Opera is Chrome in many ways, but with a different skin surface.
Your point of view?