Opera 63.0 Stable is out: here is what is new
Opera Software released a new version of the company's desktop web browser Opera to the public on August 20, 2019. Opera 63.0 improves the browser's private mode among other things.
Opera users may run a check for updates with a click on Menu > Update & Recovery. The browser should download and install version 63.0 automatically at that point or list the update so that it can be installed. The new Opera 63.0 can also be downloaded from the Opera website.
The new version of Opera improves private mode; Opera users who open a new private mode window get information about private mode on that page.
In particular, Opera informs them that certain parties may still see the browsing activity, and that some data is deleted and some is kept when leaving private mode.
Tech savvy users known that private browsing modes are only good for reducing local traces; visited sites, Internet providers, or the organizations that operate a network the computer is connected to, may still see activity.
Users could improve privacy by using a VPN.
Opera 63.0 informs users that it will delete the browsing history, cookies and site data, and form data when private mode is exited. Data purposely created by the user, e.g. bookmarks or downloaded files, remains available.
The second change that Opera Software highlights on the official company blog moves the default location from the Other Bookmarks folder to the Bookmarks Bar. Newly saved bookmarks, e.g. by pressing Ctrl-D or clicking on the bookmarks icon in the Opera toolbar, are saved to the Bookmarks Bar by default unless a different folder is selected by the user.
The log of changes reveals other improvements and fixes. Here is a selection of noteworthy ones:
- Chromium was updated to 76.0.3809.100.
- Download page load speed improved.
Opera 63.0 is not a massive update feature-wise. Opera Software did fix several crashes and lots of issues in the new Opera browser version though which should be reason enough to update to the new version.
Now You: What is your take on recent Opera versions and development in general?
I think recent Opera development has been positive. I think it was clear they pushed out “Reborn 3” before they should have due to marketing pressures, as that very much felt like a Beta release, but they have cleaned up most of the bugs since then. The browser is still noticeable faster than Chrome, which is impressive.Firefox is my default and will remain so, but Opera is a really solid secondary browser.
My take on Opera? It died with Presto engine. Opera now days it’s just a polished turd: You can forget about privacy or user control when you use any chromium based browser!
Ah, I just wish Vivaldi would fix their interface to run as tight as Opera, it has been full of little bugs and inconsistencies for so long, but the theme engine is so nice… In the meantime, at mozilla, they have discovered a way to make more icons for things that nobody asked for.
Always remember that Vivaldi comes with a third layer your CPU has to process, making all of those neat features possible. Most browser only have two layers. Overall, performance has become much better compared to 2 years ago.
Agreed re:Vivaldi’s performance. It is still slow enough that I donâ€™t use it, but it has gotten better since 2.0 launched. If I cared more about customization, I probably would have stuck with it.
I donâ€™t see Vivaldi ever being as fast as Brave, Chrome, or Opera. The added features means it will always lag behind other Chromium browsers who offer less customization.
Haven’t ever seen any problems with Vivaldi. What kind of bugs are you experiencing?
oogle and Mozilla just announced that they will block Kazakhstan root CA certificate from Chrome and Firefox, will the Chinese owned Opera browser do the same?
The world needs more browsers not based chromium.
Opera has hardcoded their title bar to grey since some release of Reborn which I cannot stand so I refuse to use it. It does not respect active and inactive title bar on Windows 10 or 8.1.