These days I realized that my Firefox and Chrome browsers have become slower, and I’m not sure what seems to be the reason, since my system is pretty powerful. Then I remembered about Opera and decided to download it right away.
The Opera browser is known for the fact that it is really fast and it comes with some really cool data compression features which the browser has recently launched for mobile platforms, as well.
However, right now there isn’t a touch version of the Opera app in the Windows Store, so until and if that moment arrives, we’ll have to resort to the desktop version. I just hope you’re not running on Windows RT. After using Opera for a few days on Windows 10, 8.1 I realized that I’ve fallen in love and that I will soon ditch Firefox and Chrome for it.
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Opera comes with the basic features that any browser should have, such as pop-up blocking, tabbed browsing, integrated searches and others. But what sets this browser apart is, as I’ve mentioned, the ability to have a ultra snappy internet browsing session, with or without loading of images. Other features like Opera‘s own email program and the RSS Newsfeeds are professionally made. Here is the description of some more:
The Discover feature gives you top-quality news and entertainment from around the globe. Enjoy new content from a variety of categories and read articles from your region, in your language. Opera has one intuitive, powerful location for searching and navigating the web. Search using multiple providers and view site suggestions as you type.
Off-Road mode compresses pages for faster, all-conditions browsing. It helps you stay online when your connection slows down. Found something you’ll want to come back to? The Stash feature captures a page with one easy click and organizes your pages into a simple, sophisticated list. Scan your Stash in a resizable page preview or search what you’ve saved, by keywords.
So, without further ado, let’s provide download links for the famous Opera browser for Windows 8.1, 10 and also keep you update with the latest version and all that has been made new inside the app.
Get Opera browser for Windows 10, 8.1
UPDATE: At the time of writing, the latest Opera version is Opera 55. This new browser version brings a series of important fixes and improvements:
The new stable build of our browser includes a smarter layout for the settings page, an expanded security badge and page information pop-up for better page control, easier Chrome Web Store extension installation and more accessible bookmarks.
For more information about the latest Opera version, you can check out the company’s official blog post.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2014 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy. You can read the original report below.
This update was released on 2015-12-08 and it comes with a couple of some important features that you will find below. It comes with a size of 34.4 MB. For more details on this specific update, go ahead and have a look at Opera‘s official post on this.
General and user interface changes
The Discover feature is now the news feed. We changed the name to make the feature more intuitive and accessible.
Opera supports MSE audio (audio/mpeg and audio/aac mimetypes), enabling playback from Google Play Music and similar services.
Improved downloads by adding some new functionality. For example, you can cancel a download directly from the pop-out and resume a download if it was interrupted by Opera closing.
Opera for Mac now includes a share button that lets you share a page through most apps on your computer, like Mail or Messages or Twitter and so on.
Updated support for the latest Chromium/Blink release, version 47.
Stability enhancements and bug fixes
Major security update [April, 2014]
Opera has issued a fresh update which will get itself installed automatically and it brings a big security improvement – fix for the Heartbleed bug. Here’s what the folks over at Opera said about the update:
As discussed in our blog post about Heartbleed, the standalone autoupdater for Opera 12 on Windows was vulnerable to a Heartbleed attack from someone who would be in possession of a valid Opera certificate. While fixing this, we also found another issue with our autoupdate on Windows which might be exploited by someone in possession of such a certificate. Successful exploitation, which would require using a third, unrelated bug on Windows, could allow a mischievous man in the middle to run arbitrary code on the computer. Opera 12.17 is therefore a recommended security upgrade on Windows. While it is unlikely that someone has gained access to a certificate of ours, we cannot rule out that some foreign intelligence agency has done so, and we want to be on the safe side.
Download Opera for Windows 8, 10 [Version 20.0.1387.91]
A new version has been released for the Opera browser on April 3 2014, and it brings some improvements that might help quite a few folks. First, the ff-Road mode which has been reported not to work on some ISPs has now been fixed. Also, the issue with the auto-update prompting for credentials and then exiting immediately has been taken care off, as well. Those who are using the Russian version of Opera have probably noticed that “Compression mode” has been renamed into “Opera Turbo”. So, that’s about it for this version.
Download Opera for Windows 8, 10 [Version 20.0.1387.82]
A new minor update has been made available for the Opera browser and you will get it automatically when you will open the browser again. You can then go to Opera in the about section and see that it’s there, just like in my above screenshot. Unless you have received the update automatically, follow the above link to get it. The official changelog only contains two changes and these are – Chromium updated to 1750.154 and an invalid dereference in autofill code has been fixed.
Download Opera for Windows 8.1, 10 [Size 33.13MB, Version 20.0.1387.77, Updated March 13, 2014]
This release has been made available with the usual stability fixes and also has fixed the problem where Adblock was not working properly when opening pages in new tabs. The following problems: crash on startup in >extensions::OneShotEvent; download callout items won’t open and tone down mixed content graphics for some Windows users have also been taken care of.