triggered the browser war with the release of Firefox 57 aka
Quantum. But comparing the two proved it wasn’t easy to defeat king Chrome.
With the release of Opera 51, the Opera browser also finds
itself in the battle. Its developers claim that the new
version, based Chromium 64, is around 38% faster (Speedometer
2.0 benchmark) than Firefox 58 when tested on an
HP Spectre running Windows 10. The reason behind the quickness
is Opera 51’s Windows version is compiled with Clang.
The new version adds to the browsers feature set which includes
a tool to block cryptojacking on people’s computers. A click to
scroll feature makes things easier and probably removes the
need for a mouse on laptops. A user can click a tab to
automatically scroll to the top from the bottom and click it
again to return to the bottom of the page.
Image: Opera blog
Opera 51 makes the reset process easier by including a new
‘Reset browser settings’ button in Settings > Browser. The
option deletes all the data excluding bookmarks, internet
history, and saved passwords. Earlier, the process involved
creating a separate preferences file and removing the entire
browser from the system.
The new stable version also marks the return of the bookmark
import/export feature. When watching videos, users can pop-out
the player in a separate window. Now, Opera has added a ‘back
to tab’ option in the video pop-out to go back to the tab
playing the video.
On the right side of the tab bar, users can find the list of
open and recently closed browser tabs using a drop-down button.
Further, the UI of the private mode in macOS has been revamped
to match that of Windows and the static image in the private
mode has been replaced with an animation.
You can download Opera 51 on your Windows, macOS, and Linux
devices. To find the changelog, you can head over to Opera’s blog post.