Opera

Opera

Web site: www.opera.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: Web browsers
Platform: Linux, OS X, Windows
License: Freeware
Interface: GUI
Programing language: C++
First release: April, 1995
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Opera – a freeware web browser developed by Opera Software AS, which uses the Blink layout engine of Google Chrome. An earlier version using the Presto layout engine is still available and runs. Opera project started in 1994 as a research project at Telenor, the largest Norwegian telecommunications company. In 1995, the project branched out into a separate company named Opera Software ASA, with the first publicly available version released in 1996. In 2016, Opera Software AS was sold to a Chinese consortium. The parent company, the similarly named Opera Software ASA, changed its name to Otello Corporation.

Main features:
– a built-in ad blocker and VPN brings more speed and privacy
– protects you from fraud and malware on the web
– block ads without add-ons; according to tests, the built-in ad blocker makes content-rich webpages load in Opera up to 90% faster
– visual bookmarks
– tab cycling
– customizable shortcuts
– video pop out feature – a floating, moveable video frame that lets you keep browsing or work in other apps without missing any of the action
– data-compressing Opera Turbo feature will help you browse faster
– battery saver feature will help you browse longer, too: it extends laptop battery life by up to 50%
– a currency converter built right into the browser
– over 1,000 extensions make it easy to customize Opera
– Opera sync lets you switch between devices, bookmarks, open tabs and other data stay synced through your Opera account
– news feed of Opera brings the latest news to one spot, available from the browser’s start page
– messengers in the sidebar – full web versions of Facebook Messenger, VKontakte and WhatsApp are now nested in your sidebar
– snapshot feature allows you to capture any part of a web page
– Opera browser is the first to offer a direct playback system for your virtual reality headsets
– download manager, mouse gestures and browser extensions

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