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Opera 58.0 released

Opera Software released Opera 58.0, a new stable version of the desktop web browser, to the public on January 23, 2019.

Existing Opera users can use the built-in update functionality to download and install the new version; downloads are provided on Opera's website as well for those who prefer to download the installer.

Opera users who want to use the updating functionality may either load opera://update in the browser's address bar and activate the "check for update" button on the page, or select opera://about instead to run an update check.

Tip: Opera started to block extensions from interacting with search pages by default. You can fix that.

Opera 58

opera 58.0

Opera 58.0 is the first stable release of the web browser in 2019. It is a minor release judging from the list of features that Opera highlights in the announcement on the official Opera Blog.

The core new feature of Opera 58.0 is a new warning dialog when browser windows with multiple tabs are closed.

opera warn close window

It is not a groundbreaking feature; Opera users who dislike it can disable it in the following way:

  1. Load opera://settings/vpn in the browser's address bar.
  2. Scroll down to the User Interface section on the page.
  3. Locate "Warn on closing window with multiple tabs" and toggle it to off.

The second feature that Opera Software highlights is the continued roll out of a new news delivery feature in Russia. The company integrated Yandex Zen as a news source which provides Russian users with personalized news.

The full changelog lists other changes:

  • Option to remove entries from the auto-complete menu with the mouse has been removed (no x-icon anymore). You can still use Ctrl-Shift-Delete to remove entries.
  • Chromium updated to version 71.0.3578.80.
  • Site Isolation disabled for Desktop Stable.
  • Chromium toast notifier enabled in Opera.
  • Several crash issue fixes.

Closing Words

Opera 58.0 is a minor new release that does not add anything major to the table (apart from the upgrade to the new Chromium version).

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  1. crambie said on January 24, 2019 at 1:55 pm
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    This is why I really dislike the stupid chrome style version numbering. In the old days that would have been a point release at best and you’d know it wasn’t a major release. It just seems like a way to pretend to be doing more than you actually are.

    1. ShintoPlasm said on January 24, 2019 at 3:57 pm
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      Sadly, Firefox has been going down this route for years also. It was a marketing genius who cooked this up at Google, I must say: churn out new Chrome versions in incessant Sprints, and make everyone believe you’re so much more modern and advanced than the rest. Chrome’s already at 71 while Firefox is only at 64; ergo, Chrome is better!

    2. John Fenderson said on January 24, 2019 at 6:36 pm
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      @crambie: I could not agree more.

  2. bradam said on January 24, 2019 at 3:29 pm
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    I just updated to 58. Ctrl-Shift-T does not work for me either. I do like Opera and still use it but I use Firefox more often, it runs a bit quicker on my old Win 7 machine.

    1. Mike W. said on January 24, 2019 at 11:57 pm
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      Yeah, Opera is still a excellent browser on older and less powerful hardware. On newer hardware I have migrated to Vivaldi since they have finally figured how to make it perform in line with Opera and Chrome.

  3. Emil said on January 24, 2019 at 3:39 pm
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    I want my Opera 3.62 back.

    1. Bart from Holland said on January 24, 2019 at 7:03 pm
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      Hi Emil
      https://get.geo.opera.com/pub/opera/desktop/
      It is there the 3.62 version

      Bart

  4. vux777 said on January 24, 2019 at 7:47 pm
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    actually the biggest new feature is Quick Access pane
    but it’s gonna be redesigned soon, so they didn’t push it (as news)

    https://i.imgur.com/ZtnMLIz.png

    1. ShintoPlasm said on January 24, 2019 at 9:45 pm
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      That’s really a Yandex.Browser thing, isn’t it?

      1. vux777 said on January 25, 2019 at 10:19 am
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        yea, yandex have something similar for years now (I think it still have it)

  5. Tony Huby said on January 24, 2019 at 9:59 pm
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    Ctrl + Shift + T seems to open the last tab to be closed on my system

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on January 24, 2019 at 10:05 pm
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      You are absolutely right of course.

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