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Opera 26 Beta

Get an early look at the next version of Opera without affecting your stable installation 

by Nick Peers

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 30 October 2014
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Developer: Opera
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Opera Beta 26
Opera Beta runs alongside existing stable versions of Opera.

The days when major browser updates were few and far between are over. Nowadays, it’s de rigueur for browser manufacturers to speed up development, which means opening up less stable builds to the masses in order to get them bug-checked as quickly as possible.

Opera is no exception, and Opera Beta (previously known as Opera Next) adopts the same approach to Firefox Beta in providing a completely separate installation of the latest unstable version of Opera for people to road-test without affecting their day-to-day browsing. 

The reasoning is simple: you get to try out the new features without affecting your existing installation, so if the developmental version is too buggy for your tastes, you can use your tried and trusted version, no problem. And because Opera Beta updates as soon as the latest development build is released, you can keep checking back regularly to see what’s up and coming and whether the bugs you’ve encountered have been fixed yet.

You’ll be able to differentiate between stable and developmental build by the colour of the program icon: Opera’s icon remains red, while Opera Beta's icon is silver grey, meaning it’ll be safe for even relatively inexperienced users to try out new features before they become generally available.

This is a preview of the forthcoming v26. New additions/changes since v25, include:

Share bookmarks. New Share button inside bookmark folders.
- A built-in print preview
- Options to import bookmarks and settings from your old browser
- Updates to better integrate Opera with the latest Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10)

Verdict:

Opera Beta is a great way to safely road-test upcoming features in this slimline and powerful browser without affecting your existing, stable installation. 

Your Comments & Opinion
 

Chrome features returning...

Posted by: Marc Klink, 13 June 2013 00:13

so that is a measure of improvement. Still, for anyone who previously used Opera, there is absolutely no joy here. The developers are hellbent on making this into the Chrome clone you never wanted, and, for those admirers of Chrome, there are still only about 15% of the features implemented which are already working fine in Chrome.

For serious masochists only...

Opera 15 - All you never wanted, and less!

Posted by: Marc Klink, 05 June 2013 06:07

This is an abysmal decline in usability and look for the once great browser. Features are missing, which is expected, but things claimed by the current crop of developers are looking very odd. This purports to be a NEW UI on top of Chromium rendering engine, however, it looks suspiciously like Chromium with a new skin, and features removed. Not ready for prime time, by a very long shot.

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Marc, you think? As a Mac user, I quite like it personally. It brings some of the things Chrome does well and mixes this with Safari.

Plus, remember please it's a very first early preview. You're not going to get everything you got with Opera 12, with a brand new rendering engine, in the first early preview. Not ready for prime time? As it loses some of the features you want? Seems pretty decent for me as a Chrome user.

Opera has regressed

Posted by: Ivo Shoen, 02 June 2013 03:36

I used to love Opera but now with this version it has totally gone to the dogs. Very slow, themes and settings never seem to load. No more bookmarks. I do not recommend it at all any more.

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