Firefox users are not the only ones experiencing crashes under certain circumstances. Opera users too are reporting more crashes than usual in the latest version of the web browser, and just like Mozilla does with Firefox, Opera Software is about to release a new version of the browser to fix the issues that users are experiencing.
According to Opera's Desktop Team, Opera may crash when multiple extension updates are found by the update checker. This is happening both during background checks for updates and manual update checks as well.
Crash happens when Opera 12.13 tries to do an update of multiple extensions. This happens on a manual "check for update", or in the background, when several extensions are due for update, some time after 12.13 has been downloaded.
The team has published a release candidate of Opera 12.14 which will resolve that issue. According to the team, there are still some tests that need to be run before the final version can be build and released to the public. While it is not clear yet when the final version will be made available, it is very likely that Opera will push out the new release in the coming days to resolve the crashes caused by the bug.
The best way to handle multiple extension updates for now is to open the extensions manager in Opera with the Ctrl-Shift-E shortcut or by going through Opera > Extensions > Manage Extensions. This opens the list of installed extensions. If updates are available, you see an Update button next to the extension. You can update any extension individually in Opera with a click on that button. This should not trigger the crash as it is only caused by multiple extensions being updated at the same time in the web browser.
It is alternatively possible to install the release candidate build, available for Windows, Mac and Linux, to restore the native updating functionality.
The team notes that Opera 12.14 will fix two additional issues, a crash on hulu.com and a fix for nested importScripts breaking in Web Workers.
Update: Opera 12.14 final has been released.
Opera users can download the latest version of the browser from the official website or use the internal check for updates via Opera > Help > Check for Updates.Enjoyed the article?: Then sign-up for our free newsletter or RSS feed to kick off your day with the latest technology news and tips, or share the article with your friends and contacts on Facebook, Twitter or Google+ using the icons below.