Norwegian company Opera Software has just released Opera 16 Stable, a new version of the browser that is now based on the Chromium engine. You may recall that the company made the switch to Chromium some time ago which irritated part of the browser's user base. The core reason for that is the lack of features of the new Opera browser. While it does offer a faster rendering engine and better web standards support, it lacks many of the features that made Opera special in the eyes of users.
When Opera 15 launched, it was clear immediately that it was bare-bones at best, and missing essential features such as bookmarking.
The company pushed out two new channels, Opera Next and Dev, that offered an outlook of things to come.
Today's release of Opera 16 stable introduces some new features. While that is a move in the right direction, it still lacks many features that users have come to expect from Opera.
The Opera Desktop Team blog has listed the top changes in Opera 16 when compared to Opera 15:
- Upgrade to Chromium 29 engine.
- Opera:flags support to enable experimental features.
- W3C geolocation API now supported.
- A form auto-filler has been integrated into Opera.
- Windows 7+ users benefit from jump list support, Mac users for support of the presentation mode.
- Performance improvements.
- And lots of bug fixes.
You can download the new version from the desktop team blog directly.Opera 15 has no built-in option to manually check for updates yet. Users can restart Opera which should be enough to apply the new update to the browser.
The company has added a manual check option to Opera 17, which users can access on the opera:about page.
Please note that a Linux version is still not available, and that there has been no news regarding the release of Opera for Linux. Opera confirmed that it will be released for the operating system eventually, but did not disclose a version or date when this is going to happen.
Linux users for now are stuck with the old version of Opera that is still available and somewhat supported by the company.
Users on the Next and Developer channel can expect that their versions will be updated in the near future as well, with both going up a level to version 17 and 18 respectively. According to Opera, Next will be moved to Opera 17 in the coming one to two weeks. This is likely the same time frame that Dev requires to be moved to version 18.