By Umar Anjum on July 2, 2010

Opera 10.6: 10 Strong Reasons To Switch Over To Opera

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Opera has always been ahead of the browser curve. It was the first browser to introduce the startpage-like new tabs, a feature it calls Speed Dial. Despite all that Opera has to offer, it is not the first browser preference of many computer users. This is something Opera hopes to change with the release of its new version.

Opera 10.6 is available for Mac, Windows, and Linux. The new version has a number of notable features which will tempt users in making Opera their default browser.

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Below you will find my breakdown of these features. Read why Opera should be your first browser choice:

Geolocation

geolocation

Version 10.6 comes with geolocation, a feature which other browsers are also incorporating. This features communicates your location with any web app that needs it (after your permission). Opera also has a map of all its users on the globe, thanks to geolocation. You can view this map and see other Opera users nearby.

WebM

WebM is believed by many to be the future of online videos. Basically it comprises of VP8 video and Vorbis audio. Opera 10.6 comes with WebM support.

Speed Dial

search

The Speed Dial feature of Opera inspired other browsers to add a startpage-like feel to each new tab. Unlike some other browsers, Speed Dial can be configured in Opera to match the users’ preferences.

Opera Link

Opera Link

Opera Link is Opera’s data syncing solution. It allows you to synchronize you Opera bookmarks, Speed Dial, Notes, and other useful browser data between your computers and smartphones running Opera.

Opera Widgets

widgets

While addons and extensions in other browser depend entirely on the browser, Opera’s widgets are independent software solution which can be run outside Opera as independent programs. They set a new standard for browser addons.

Opera Unite

unite

Opera Unite lets you stream data from your computer through the internet. You can share pictures, songs, and videos with your friends instantly and securely.

Opera Turbo

fastest

Turbo speeds up browsing on slower connections. This is done by compressing every webpage before loading it up using your internet. A compressed webpage takes lesser time to load up.

Mouse Gestures

mouse

I think Opera is the only browser that supports mouse gestures without aid from addons. You can perform common browser actions easily with quick movements of your mouse.

Content Blocking

While Chrome and Firefox users employ tools like AdBlock to block ads and other content, Opera has built-in feature that lets you choose what you see; you can easily remove annoying images, animations, and other content.

Multilanguage Support

Opera comes in 42 languages to cater to its global audience.

In addition to all that I have mentioned above, Opera features a wonderful JavaScript engine that is noticeably faster than other browsers. In short, even if you are perfectly with your current browser, Opera 10.6 deserves to be taken out for a test drive. You can it from http://www.opera.com/





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so I’m wondering, in spite of your wonderfully informative post here, (thank you), I still left wondering: what does Firefox have that Opera doesn’t and why would I want to switch?

@Becky
Guess you mean “what Opera has that Firefox hasn’t”.. In this case, Firefox ,and Chrome as well, are almost useless when they get used after fresh-installation.. They haven’t as much built-in features as Opera.. Even using add-ons (for Firefox) or extensions (for Chrome) is somehow annoying as users have to sail over seas of plug-ins for every single function they desire to get!
If you are really into Firefox, you might love to give Minefield 4 (a pre-release version of Firefox) a try..
http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/nightly/latest-trunk/

I’ve found Opera to have a MUCH higher incompatibility with websites vs firefox/chrome.

Chrome is also faster, and has the exact same features after a few extensions, so I think I’ll stick with chrome.

so instead of choosing which plugins I want to load, I load all of them on Opera and this makes my browsing experience FASTER? TY, that makes perfect sense.

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None of those are strong reasons. I’ve never heard of WebM, Doesn’t sound like any other browser supports is therefore no one will use it. The rest are all easily available in chrome extensions, and I only install them if I actually want them. Oh and since chrome has extension, theme, bookmark syncing, I only have to do it once and all my computers will have everything synced.

Oh and Opera, despite having a perfect score for acid3, some how has more rendering issues than other browsers. I don’t get that.

Also, is Opera opensource yet? It would be interesting to see how they optimize the benchmark to score higher results.

Finally, the best feature I could say they have (and might be the only reason for the usership they have today) is the data compression on slow speeds (aol has the same technology, using a proxy that compresses the images/files before sending it to the browser). These days, I think broadband is the norm so that feature is pretty much useless. In fact, I believe opera warns you if you have it on since the latency for using the compressing proxy usually slows your connection due to higher latency.

Real boost in browsing experience comes from this combination:

DNS Servers set to 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 (google’s public DNS) along with using chrome/chromium. Install what you need and only what you need extension-wise.

Process sandboxing in chrome will keep you secure (far more than any other browser). Javascript v8 gives the best javascript performance. Finally, it is opensource (chromium), which means its source is available for download and modify freely, as well as inspect if you so wish.

I welcome our overload Google openly.

I was really hoping to actually see 10 strong reasons, as I used to be an Opera fan but quickly switched when Chrome came out. I read through your list and checked them off “got it, yup, uh-huh” etc and basically sit here thinking your list should have been called “10 things I’m going to randomly spew about Opera that other browsers also have but for some reason I still like Opera better and hopefully this title brings people to my blog”. Well, ya got me there. I came, I read, I’m sticking with Chrome / FF.

opera need some great 3rd party addons for me to switch in

Opera open link in new tab with SHIFT+CTRL+Left Mouse Click, and thats make me sick
While other browser open link in new tab with CTRL+Left Mouse Click

You missed the truly novel features, like follower tabs.

What makes Opera the best these days is all the little usability nuances that all the other browsers lack. Going from Opera to some other browser feels like going from an iPhone to a early 2000s Nokia.

For example, every other browser is ridiculous about how it positions newly opened tabs. When I was using Chrome yesterday and opening links in new tabs, the new tabs were just put in random places all over my tab bar instead of logical positions. When you close a tab in Firefox, it switches to the tab to the left instead of the most recently used tab. These time wasters add up. Opera just feels amazing to use, and if they ever start using a native UI instead of ugly “skins” it’ll be perfect.

These features have been around for quite a while.

@eL Abee. Open a new tab just middle click your mouse, or what I love gestures, right click, drag down, let go (or drag down, up, let go for new tab in the background).

FireFox on Windows I’m not a big fan of, it gets very bloated very fast for me. Linux it’s my main choice, seems to handle much better…

It’s Opera + Gestures on Windows all the way for my personal use. FireFox + FireBug for and IE6/7/8 when it comes to development though… yeah, IE, lame yet still the largest market share…

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This article reaffirms my belief like nothing has before that Opera’s market share (around 2% total??) is completely justified. I can’t believe you’ve actually attempted to use omnipresent features like content blocking and speed dial to support your case. Or are you targeting an audience of 80 plus seniors who finally want to get on the interpipes?

Opera kicks ass when it comes to mobile browsers but when it comes to the desktop platform it’s actually embarrassing to read posts like these that try to make something out of nothing. The market share of around 2% speaks for itself.

Opera used to be a good lightweight alternative to Firefox until Chrome came along. And Chrome supports extensions… pwn!

>so instead of choosing which plugins I want to load, I load all of them on Opera and this makes my browsing experience FASTER? TY, that makes perfect sense.

Yes it does. Native features are by definition faster than going through some kind of plugin API.

>I’ve never heard of WebM, Doesn’t sound like any other browser supports is therefore no one will use it.

WebM is a format developed by Google. If you never heard about it – go bash Google on this instead of Opera.

>Oh and Opera, despite having a perfect score for acid3, some how has more rendering issues than other browsers. I don’t get that.

Oh, mystical rendering issues.. It’s a pity that you can use Opera for years and never encounter one. Rare beast they are.

>These days, I think broadband is the norm so that feature is pretty much useless.

Norm where? There is kinda large planet outside your room. There are plenty of places where broadband is not norm yet (or ever will be).

> Opera’s market share (around 2% total??) is completely justified

Let me rephrase – 100 millions users of Opera software on desktop and mobile are completely justified. See – you are actually complimenting when it is put in real numbers instead of bogus and statistically faked “market share” values.

>The market share of around 2% speaks for itself.

It speaks for the common sense fact that more people go for products heavily advertised and shoved down their throat rather than conscious choice.

I swear Opera stole the whole design of the browser from chrome. Chrome is still the best in my opinion.

>I swear Opera stole the whole design of the browser from chrome.

Opera predates Chrome by over a decade. It was probably very hard to steal from browser that will only appear many years later.

>”It speaks for the common sense fact that more people go for products heavily advertised and shoved down their throat rather than conscious choice.” – Opera Fanboy

The people who go for products shoved down their throats are quite content with Internet Explorer or whichever browser came bundled with their OS.

I think it’s highly naive of you to think that people who have opted to use browsers like Firefox have done so because they have been blinded by advertisements or forced to do so.

The fact that the article mentions staid old features like content blocking as strengths possessed by Opera leaves no doubt that the author hasn’t bothered to do his homework, that or he is deliberately trying to misguide his audience.

>I think it’s highly naive of you to think that people who have opted to use browsers like Firefox have done so because they have been blinded by advertisements or forced to do so.

Yeah, giant ad in New York Times surely had nothing to do with Firefox promotion in early days. Chrome plastered on Google home page influenced no one. :)

Somehow in some countries not targeted by English-language advertising Opera market share is estimated to be as high as over 40%. Is Internet different or something there? Do Firefox and Chrome have less features there?

It is highly naive to think that browsers get major by their merits alone. It is business and it is complex system of advertisement, marketing and consumer loyalties that form that market share.

>author hasn’t bothered to do his homework

Article is indeed hardly a marvel. But that is problem with article. Comments I replied to are actively bashing Opera, not post.

The fact of the matter remains that unless Opera opens itself up to support extension it’ll always lag behind browsers like Firefox (and now Chrome), that don’t treat their users as idiots but give them the ability to tailor the browser to suit their needs.

I like Opera but this article sounds like it was by Opera. It’s also missing one key built-in feature that I do like– torrenting.

I want to use Opera, used it in the past, and loved it, but about two revisions ago it stopped playing embedded videos properly. Now only half the video shows up in the video frame while the rest of the video frame is frozen unless you move the entire page to refresh the image. But it only lasts for a second and it happens again: completely useless. Opera will not help because you have to pay for support. I want to go back but 10.6 did not fix the issue. Opera is worthless, but I really use to love it.

>unless Opera opens itself up to support extension it’ll always lag behind browsers like Firefox (and now Chrome)

So what? Do you measure quality of your file manager or audio player software in market share?

>don’t treat their users as idiots but give them the ability to tailor the browser to suit their needs

~2/3rds of Firefox users never install a single addon (and many of the rest probably have auto-installed Java or .NET stuff only). There are more Firefox users that don’t customize browser than there are Opera users.

The thing about extensions is that most people don’t need them. Those who shout most about them are power users minority.

Extensions doesn’t make or break browser. It is merely one of possible ways to do things.

>but about two revisions ago it stopped playing embedded videos properly

Try full reinstall of Opera and flash, also portable version of Opera.

Opera Turbo is a must for those on VERY slow connections such as wireless broadband in a poor reception area.

Speed Dial is awesome!

More standards compliant than other browsers – a must for web developers. Dragonfly is pretty impressive too!!!!

Opera still has a very clumsy feeling UI to me. I cant just drag things around easily from what I remember of it. Firefox and opera both have a generally bulky looking UI as well, which is why i like chrome, they’ve done the interface right, and everyone needs to follow suit.

also many of the features listed above are available via add-ons for other browsers (speed dial, syncing, getures).

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Firefox and Chrome Fanboys keep yelling with the utmost of ignorance. People keep yapping about tabs, about addons and about features which Opera has had for years and years.

Sixteen Reasons For anyone to Switch To Opera.

Just so that people get the record straight and let people make an informed decision.

All of you Chrome, Firefox and IE fanboys, take note of this … Opera has had (almost) all of these features for a very long time while your “add-ons” have only become available in the recent past.

With Opera you don’t have to trust the integrity of the 3rd party publisher.

Opera has been ahead of its time for a very long time and other browsers are only just starting to catch up. This will continue and Opera will lead the browser pack the the rest of the browsers will have to copy Opera’s innovations.

Opera rules

Completely closed-source, so fuck it.

I tried to like Opera. I really did. But it’s so anti developer, there’s no reason to put any effort into it. It’s closed source obviously, which is bad enough. It has no plugin system either, so all of the things you love about Firefox and Chrome won’t ever be on Opera.

I mean really, “widgets” and “unite?” Have you actually used an Opera widget before? It’s literally just JavaScript. The highest rated widget is “sim aquarium.” It’s just a gimmick frankly. It’s Opera trying to say “hey we’re cool, you can make plugins!” Except that no one uses them, they are intrusive, and they are just JavaScript so a “widget system” offers nothing that a website couldn’t.

Opera Dragonfly is their attempt at Firebug, and it’s so awful. They are trying to architect a closed source solution that the community would have built years ago. Dragonfly has been open sourced but it’s kind of a joke right now because it’s built on Opera’s poorly documented and super proprietary “scope protocol” that only the developers of Opera internally are familiar with. They also use Mercurial which…you know…whatever.

Dragonfly itself is a really poorly designed tool. I couldn’t stand using it.

The worst part is the developer community of Opera. Everyone there is defensive, bitter, and non helpful. It doesn’t help that Opera users are mostly fanboys (I used to be one of them, because really, why would you use Opera if you weren’t a fanboy?). I was trying to build something using the scope protocol but the reaction of the community turned me off so much that I just stopped using Opera all together.

Posting this from good old Firefox, I highly encourage everyone to stay away from Opera.

I’m using Opera at the moment, but switching back to Firefox tomorrow. I’m sorry, but too many websites I use simply do not work with Opera. Yahoo Mail, tvF, S.b.M., G.O.an.J and Ioq.

I have no need for Unite, Link or Turbo.

And it feels slower too.

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does it hurt that much when others dont use the thing that you like Rarst
so tired of this fanboylism

@elimS

>it hurt that much when others dont use the thing that you like Rarst

It hurts when people bash good software with retarded arguments because they are that insecure about damn browser they use.

Geolocation – Don’t need it.

WebM – Honestly, that looks interesting.

Everything up until Content Blocking – Don’t need it.

Content Blocking – Turn off Javascript & Java. Same thing.

Multilanguage support – I only speak one language. Don’t need it.

Opera made the mistake by not being free until it was too late. Now it’s playing eternal catch-up with everyone else. I’ll grant it this, though – It’s more SVG-compliant then the other browsers. I’ve always admired that.

It’s “Opera 10.60″ not “Opera 10.6″. Speed Dial originated at IE8, and was immediately duplicated by Chrome and Opera. Opera of course still implements it better, as they implement -everything they do- better than all the other browsers. Unite is mostly useless, to most people, widgets are garbage, and WebM is useless until people start using it (which isn’t going to happen as long as Opera is the only browser that supports it)

>Content Blocking – Turn off Javascript & Java. Same thing.

Selective wildcard blocking of any resource is not the same as disabling plugins. For disabling plugins there is toggle on/off or On Demand Plugin mode (works like flashblock).

>Speed Dial originated at IE8, and was immediately duplicated by Chrome and Opera.

What? Speed Dial was purely Opera innovation. IE8 never had speed dial at all. It opens with home page as usual for IE. There is some stuff on empty tab but it is not speed dial.

>WebM is useless until people start using it (which isn’t going to happen as long as Opera is the only browser that supports it)

Every damn browser will support it. Come on… Google says jump – Internet will jump. :)

I remember that I used to run Opera, but what happened? I switched to Firefox :)

So many negative posts about Opera , so much ignorance by Chrome & Firefox fanboys.
The one valid criticism was about Widgets I’m mystified why Opera is pushing them so hard they are mostly useless.
It would be a sad day for Firefox & Chrome if Opera were to close who would they be able to copy then ?

Every year I read about a new Opera release that’s supposed to be the “fastest” and on and on. Every year I fall for the hype and give it a go. I end up trashing it within an hour.

Just now for instance. I DL’ed Opera and then chose to import my Safari bookmarks. Had to force quit after about 5 minutes of nothing. Tried importing Firefox’s bookmarks. Same thing. I did a complete uninstall of it and tried again with the same results. Then I tried it on my MacBook Pro. Same freakin’ thing!

Call me a FF and Chrome “fanboy” all you want but, Opera? I’ve tried. I really have. The “new” things Opera has don’t interest me at all. I have reached the end with Opera and will never go for it again no matter how may tout how “fast” it is. It always does something to make me delete it. It’s clunky. It isn’t very intuitive like Chrome or FF is (or Safari either).

If they want to win me over they could strip it down to barebones. Otherwise, it’s at the bottom of my list. Good Lord, Lynx is better!

@Spyder

Data compression is far from useless. You seem to forget that Opera, while not being huge in the desktop world, is quite common on mobile phones and handheld devices. Since unlimited data plans can get very costly depending on your country, data compresssion is really interesting for a mobile phone user.

>Comment by DanM on July 6, 2010 @ 2:04 am
>I remember that I used to run Opera, but what happened?

You saw a big powerful mind-bending ad in the New York Times which made you switch. The ad numbs your helpless brain even today and you have joined the hordes of zombies sinking every second into the shitty vortex of marketing and hype called Firefox.

A handful of the elite survivors who didn’t see this ad still use Opera – these elite are immune to silly logic like “Opera cannot do xyz because it doesn’t support extensions.”

OPERA – “Because asking for more than what we give you makes you a ignorant fanboy. Also, homosexual.”

*an ignorant fanboy

PS: This wouldn’t have happened if I was using Opera.

FIREFOX ROCKS!

Opera 10.60 must be good its got all the Chrome & Firefox
fanboys out in force & cooperating for once, spouting their usual drivel.
I see that Opera won the speed test at
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/opera-10.60-internet-explorer-9-safari-5,2680-13.html

http://my.opera.com/haavard/blog/2010/07/13/toms-hardware

I’ve been using firefox for years, pretty much since I was a kid and learned what the internet was. I was happy. Hell, just yesterday, I idled away hours on end watching videos, playing games, reading blogs, living life. I have a firefox sticker on the back window of my car; I have a firefox pin attached to the strap of my bag. I even regularly convince others to give up on other browsers like safari and chrome to go for firefox. (Sorry, I just can’t stand chrome… Tried it, and it wasn’t for me… Safari is just too slow for my tastes – at least in my experience of it.)

So, why did I just divulge into my life story of internet browsing? Well, it’s quite simple really: Today, I switched from Firefox to Opera. FML… (Not really, I just couldn’t resist saying FML).

Actually, I switched to Opera 10.60 for the first time in my life, and I couldn’t be happier. I have always loved Mozilla, but with the recent focus on aesthetic themes instead of performance, I just couldn’t take it anymore. Firefox started getting on my nerves, so I had to escape…

I started Opera, and my life evolved into a wonderful thing. The features that come with Opera work much faster than add-ons of similar functionality in firefox. In fact, I am much more at ease using these functions than firefox add-ons because I know I can trust the source. It’s not that I expect there to be malicious code in firefox add-ons. It’s really the fact that the developer may not be completely familiar with firefox’s code to be able to make a top-notch product. (Yes, I know it’s open-source, but that doesn’t mean every developer completely familiarizes himself with the ins and outs of everything firefox).

All I can say is that I am happy with the change to Opera based upon today’s usage. Will it last? I don’t know, but life’s a mystery, and I’m along for the ride.

I recommend anyone getting a little annoyed with (or even bored with) their internet browsing experience to try Opera 10.60.

(and, NO, I will NEVER switch to Chrome…)

Source:
http://thesilentrogue.weebly.com/1/post/2010/07/i-joined-the-opera.html

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The only way to come on top is for one browser to include Anonymous surfing that would bypass proxies and banned sites. I have been to many countries where many sites are inaccessible. Imagine if Chinese use the browser…you have instant billions of users. Never mind the negligible speed differences and widgets.

I recently installed Opera 10.6, and I have been using it more than firefox since then.
Reasons:
I love UI of Opera.
Speed dial.
And that’s all.

I still prefer Firefox when I want security (using Keyscrambler).
Firefox feels bulky, while Opera is very sleek.

It’s funny to see people at war on browsers. Come on, just use what makes you happier.

The bigest and most popular criticism of opera is the lack of third party addons… opera 11 has addons… just sayin’

Your 10-Best list for Opera is nicely done. ;)

What’s funny about the 140 million users that have chosen to switch to Opera on Windows, Mac, Linux, iPhone, Android and feature phones, is that they’ll all have a different TOP-10 list…there’s that many cool & innovative features in Opera.

That’s obviously where other browsers are getting their ideas to keep up. Opera can’t get any more innovative than that. See here.
http://www.opera.com/docs/history/

Try Opera, you’ll love it…especially now, with Extensions.

And people wonder why Americans are seen as dumb. This is what actually counts as news today.

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