Opera recently surprised people with an announcement that they would stop development of the Presto browser engine and switch to Webkit going forward. Now you can get a first look at the new Webkit-based version of Opera with our quick overview and try it out for yourself using the download link we have to share with you.
First things first, this is a snapshot release and meant for those who like playing with beta-level software. If you are looking for stability, then it would be best for you to stay with the current 12.15 release. Now on to the overview…
The Speed Dial Tab is very similar to the 12.15 release in looks, but it has some different functionality built in from before. There is a much larger search bar and three separate sections that you can navigate between: Speed Dial, Stash, and Discover. There is also a small Search Icon in the upper right corner that expands into a text blank and lets you search within the Speed Dial and Stash sections.
The Settings have been moved from a separate window into a tab as seen here. Just use the list on the left side to navigate between the different sections.
Note: You will not be able to customize or change the toolbar/UI with this particular snapshot release.
There is good news on the extensions front…they can be installed and work just the same as before.
Note: You can change the Speed Dial Tab background by right clicking anywhere within the tab and selecting ‘Change theme’.
Saving bookmarks is a bit different with this release. They become part of what is known as the Stash and you can see what the empty Stash area looks like here.
The Discover section is just what it looks like…a news section. You can tweak it to display the types and language version of news you want.
Another surprise for those who like using it is the separation of the M2 mail client from the browser. It is now being offered as a stand-alone app. You can see the start of the account setup process here…
A quick trailer showing the new version in action…
You can download the new snapshot release of Opera and stand-alone mail app at the following link (Windows and Mac Only):
Updated Download Link
Opera Next 15 update [Opera Desktop Team Blog]
Old Download Link – (Opera Mail download is available through this older link)
Special Note: Reading through the comments on this post will also help you get a feel for the new snapshot release. It is working well for some people, but acting quirky for others, so your mileage may vary.
Opera Next 15 Released! [Opera Desktop Team Blog]
Read through both blog posts linked below for more information along with getting to see additional screenshots…
The Next Version of Opera, Available Now [Opera News Blog]
Opera Next 15.0 Available for Download [Softpedia]
Discover Opera Next [YouTube]
[via Opera at Twitter]