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.
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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.
It is not a groundbreaking feature; Opera users who dislike it can disable it in the following way:
- Load opera://settings/vpn in the browser's address bar.
- Scroll down to the User Interface section on the page.
- 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.
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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