Opera has released a major update of its flagship browser for Windows and OS X systems.
The company said that the update, which will be available as an Opera Next build for both platforms, will offer users a new interface and browser engine along with several new features.
“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 said. “Opera has refreshed the most loved features and added some completely new ways to interact with the web.”
Among the improvements will be a rebuilt browser engine. Based on Google's Chromium platform, the company said that the engine will allow faster loading time for web pages and improved performance on systems with slow or impacted internet connections.
The new Opera browser will also sport a combined search and address bar, which allows users to perform searches from directly within the URL bar. The search component will also allow users to run queries through a choice of several search engine options.
Additionally, the Opera desktop browser will bring the introduction of the Stash shopping platform. Designed as a comparison tool, Stash allows users to temporarily save a number of different pages, which can later be accessed to compare items and decide on purchases before proceeding to checkout.
“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,” Opera said. “That’s what Opera's new Stash feature does for you with websites.”
Other new components include a revamped news aggregation component and new features for saving and bookmarking favourite pages.
Users can obtain the new version of Opera through the company's Opera Next download service.
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