The final release of Opera 15 may come as a surprise to many Opera users as only a month has passed since Opera Software released the first preview build of it to the public. The Norwegian company confirmed earlier on that it would concentrate on the core features in Opera 15 and improve on that in future builds.
This not only included hints about missing features such as user interface customizations but also the missing Linux version which the company confirmed would not be made available in this early version of the browser.
Today Opera 15.0 got released for the Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh operating system. Opera users can download the new version from the official website to install the stable version of the browser on a system. As mentioned earlier, a Linux version is not available at the time of writing.
If you have been using the preview of Opera 15 on your system you are probably wondering what is new. The changes are not many and if you have worked with the preview before you probably won't notice any differences at all, except for the new welcome page that highlights the new features of Opera 15.
More interesting than that is the outlook that Opera provided in the official announcement on the Opera Desktop Team blog.
According to Sebastian Baberowski, Opera Software is working on bringing synchronization via Opera Link, enhanced tab management and theme support to the browser among other things. It is not clear yet when the new features will be introduced, but since the company introduced new release streams, it is likely that they will find their way soon into the browser.
As far as release streams go, three have been mentioned by the team.
- Opera Stable will be updated every couple of weeks. It is the most stable but less cutting edge version of the browser.
- Opera Next updates more frequently than the stable version but less frequently than the developer version.
- Opera Developer is the cutting edge version of Opera that gets all the latest features first. It is the less stable though.
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Opera notes that Opera 12.x users won't be forced to upgrade to Opera 15, mainly because of the missing features in the new version of the web browser. It is also interesting that the company plans to deliver security and stability updates for Opera 12.x for "some time" without going into details for how long.
It is very likely that the version will be supported until the majority of features missing in Opera 15 are introduced in the browser.
There is however no definitive or official list of features that Opera plans to integrate into the new engine version.
Note: Opera 15 Stable is available, while Opera Next has not yet been upgraded. If you download the release from the official website, you will end up with Opera 15 Stable and Opera 15 Next installed on your system.