This late May 2016 Opera37.0.2178.43 release immediately annoyed me because it set itself as my Win7 Default Browser, didn't ask, no notice given. The easy way out was running Firefox again, and it asked, as is polite. The other minor trivial annoyance was opening in full screen. Why do they assume that? I uninstalled it, maybe better next time.
Yes, Opera had some major surgery. The developers have gutted the Presto engine and replaced it with Google Chrome's Blink engine. The good news is that Opera is as fast as (or maybe faster than) Chrome and 100 compatible with its extensions/plugins. On top of that Opera is working its way up to create the same browser they once had with the Presto engine; the speed-dial, sync-devices, tab preview, clone tab and turbo mode are included. Also there are some other new features such as Discover(a built-in news feed), new book-marking style and more options in "settings" than Chrome. The bad news is that there are still some fan favorite features missing. The biggest one being the email client(which can be downloaded as a separate desktop application from their website). This is the biggest minus for Opera because many of their fans favored the browser just for that built-in email client. Will it come back? Who knows? I haven't heard about it returning in the new OperaBlink browser. Also the ability to re-arrange parts of the browser is unavailable. This was one of the most innovative features that was only available in the OperaPresto engine browser.
Although the new OperaBlink is missing some of its features from the OperaPresto browser, I still think this is the best Blink browser to use.
If you miss the old Opera then you may want to try Vivaldi browser, made by former Opera staff members, but (as of this writing)still in beta and not stable yet.
Opera used to be a decent browser. Now, it frequently won't connect to certain websites, even though the settings show it should. Meanwhile, it connects to other websites just fine. I've uninstalled and re-installed this browser many times trying to fix this issue, but to no avail. The list of features, help section and forums are very weak as well. You can't even import bookmarks. Ugh.
I've given up on Opera.
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