If you have followed the news surrounding Opera's move from the company's own Presto engine to Chromium / WebKit / Blink, then you may remember that the company wanted to provide users and interested third parties with three different channels.
Opera released versions of the new browser to the stable and next channel up until now. Today, the company has released the first developer version of the Opera browser which you can download from the Opera Desktop Team website.
Lets take a quick look at the three channels and how they compare to those offered by Mozilla and Google:
Opera 17, the first Opera Developer version, introduces several new and requested features to the browser. Opera distinguishes between features that are active immediately when you start the browser, and features that are disabled but can be enabled via the opera:flags configuration page.
Opera 17 launches with three features that are integrated in the browser but disabled by default. You can enable them on the opera://flags page.
The company notes that users can expect many more features to land in Opera in the near feature. Mentioned specifically in the blog post are:
improved tabs handling: vertical tabs, visual tabs, tab cycler, move tabs between windows, quick access bar (aka bookmarks bar), synchronization.. We've planned further bookmarks enhancements, further synchronization development, site preferences, and more.
No word yet on a Linux version though. Opera Developer installs and runs without interfering with Opera Stable or Next installations.
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