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Opera 15: Next Is Fast, Missing Features, Does HTML5

29 May 2013 2,122 views 2 Comments

The Presto engine is gone in Opera 15 and has been replaced WebKit. Plus there are bunches of attractive new features, including app auto updates, Speed Dial…

This ain’t your daddy’s Opera, but it’s still a beta. The Presto engine is gone and has been replaced WebKit in Opera 15. Plus there are bunches of attractive new features, including app auto updates, enhanced Speed Dial and Stash. Yet, much is still missing.

• Opera 15 (download)
— New rendering engine based on WebKit
— New user interface
— New capabilities
— Improved site compatibility
— Silent auto updates
— Combined address and search bar
— Enhanced Speed Dial
— Stash, which records the location, meta data, and a screenshot of a page. It places this information into a collapsable list entry on the browser’s Start Page, that can be searched by keyword and/or scanned visually by screenshot
— Discover, which is a recommender service is included with Opera 15. Discover displays news and topical content that can be filtered by category or location/language
— Requires OS X 10.6 or later

Stash! What a great name for an Evernote-like feature.

Opera’s tab handling has never been first class and version 15 hasn’t changed that, yet. For example, there aren’t any keyboard shortcuts to switch tabs, which is a productivity killer.

If you can live with that, Opera 15 is really fast — pages simply snap into place on my aging 2011 iMac and Flash player seems to perform well.

That said, Opera 15 scores 433 (87%) out of 500 points on the HTML5Test, while Safari 6.0.x manages only 393, Firefox 21 comes in at 399 and Chrome 27 delivers an impressive 463 (93%).

So, give Opera 15 a try and then report back — what should Opera add to Opera 15 (it’s a beta) before they ship final code?

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