We had a New Year’s resolution to work smart and hard to deliver a better Opera for computers to our millions of users. It is already the end of January, and we are sticking to this commitment.

Navigation bar

Since the very moment we introduced visual bookmarks, we wanted to improve the navigation between Speed Dial, bookmarks and the Discover feature. We have played with many concepts, and today’s released navigation bar is the best option. You always know where you are, it gives you more space at the top of the window, and you can use the background of your choice without the previous fade-out effect.
Bookmarks and navigation bar in Opera 27 for computers

Tab preview

Tab preview is back! When you click to expand the tab list and move the cursor over the names, you’ll also see previews, so it will be easier to distinguish the desired tab. It’s a simple, yet powerful, solution.
Tab menu and tab preview in Opera 27 for computers

Last but not least, we are now actively migrating users to the Pepper API Adobe Flash plug-in, so please don’t hesitate to install it, when Opera prompts you to do so.

Interested about more improvements? You’ll find a pretty long list in the changelog.

Download Opera 27:

Opera 27 for Windows
Opera 27 for Mac
Opera 27 for Linux

About Zhenis

As Opera Software’s Product Manager of Desktop Products, Zhenis is responsible for defining Opera for computers features and strategy. He joined Opera in 2008 and has also worked on Opera Mini for iPhone and Opera’s TV products.

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  • L33t4opera

    Hi Zhenis, thanks for the announcement 😉
    Congrats to the whole Team due to the first Opera 27 stable release!

    By the way: perhaps the link should refer to the full change log for version 27?

  • Кostadin

    Good! Now to 29 🙂

  • Lacedaemon

    #1: About Nav Bar and fade out:
    http://www.opera.com/blogs/desktop/2015/01/update-opera-developer-28-0-1747-0/#comment-1803925052

    #2: About Nav Bar and its position:
    http://www.opera.com/blogs/desktop/2015/01/update-opera-developer-28-0-1738-0/#comment-1784514679
    http://www.opera.com/blogs/desktop/2015/01/update-opera-developer-28-0-1745-0/#comment-1795976855

    TL;DR versions:
    #1: 4 distinctive horizontal areas (without fade out) reduce dramatically the illusion of vertical space in widescreen monitors.

    #2:
    – Two Taskbars on top of each other for the 92% of OS users that are using Windows looks awful and can be problematic with mis-clicking on program shortcuts and while having the OS taskbar on Auto-hide.
    – I can have Bookmarks as a beautiful blue thumbnail on my SD instead of Nav Bar
    – And who is using the Nav Bar switch from Discovery to Bookmarks and to a blank so that a Nav Bar is justified? I’m putting all my money on “nobody”.

    • SLR

      They should at least make them configurable. What they are doing right now is change for the sake of change.

  • North Berg

    I miss the speed Dial from 26 🙁 They were more modern and nicer. Is there a way to get them back?

    • L33t4opera

      Yes, there is a way, but it will be not possible anymore, in the future, main releases.

      • Herr Pietrus

        Fortunately in the future releases it will be improved, but that bar on the bottom, with labels under the icons, on the wide screen… Oh god!

  • Radik Gradenko

    Wait what? Still no bookmark sync? It’s been in the dev since like … 25? How many more months will it take?

    • SQL

      Someone already mentioned (ruari?) that sync will come in 28 if everything goes ok.

      • Radik Gradenko

        Cool, except they had the same story with 27.

      • http://eser.ozvataf.com/ Eser Ozvataf

        they said, every version update is relative to chromium version. so numbers are meaningless for features we asked. i’m optimistic, it would be 38.

        • kitsura

          That’s too optimistic most likely another 5 years so 308 would be closer.

    • Leonardo Gomes

      You can enable it: opera://flags/#synch

      • Radik Gradenko

        Thank God, day’s saved! Thanks Leonardo!

  • http://www.gik-team.com Georgiy Leoshko

    Modern Speed Dial gone? =(

    • North Berg

      We must get them back!

    • L33t4opera

      Hi, navigate to opera:flags#experimental-start-page, select “Enabled” from the dropdown, and restart the Opera, click on “Go back to the new start page” in the bottom-right 😉

      • http://www.gik-team.com Georgiy Leoshko

        wop! thanks!

      • Marcin Mitek

        Exactly, this is the version of Speed Dial that we are no longer developing, this was an experiment for us. Future dev releases will have new things to try on the Speed Dial.

        • lemix.cg

          hope it won’t look like now, modern speed dial was really nice.

          • Loysek

            I agree – the new speed dial was much better

        • Peter

          I believe this was only an experiment, but we really like it, so if there’s only a small chance, please leave it for us or release a similar one! Thx

          • http://www.tbochenek.de thorbenb

            Well, look e.g. one comment down. We removed it, because we overwhelmingly received bad feedback and the page-icon Speed Dial

          • Peter

            Allright, i accept it. You can’t always do it right for everyone… Then i think you should let the users decide which one they would like to use. Just an idea, but i truly believe if it would be selectable that could solve this issue.
            Anyway i reckon it is the best browser, so thank you.

          • Herr Pietrus

            But they are making new, better modern SD. With icons too, as I think. But also with thumbnails…

          • Peter

            I hope you’re allright man… Truth has been spoken 😀

          • http://www.tbochenek.de thorbenb

            Choice is not always a good thing. Too much choice makes an interface actually worse. We try to be conservative in giving too many options. A value that works in 80% of the cases is almost certainly better than having to choose something.

          • Rafael Luik

            look e.g. one comment down

            I’m curious about which comment you’re referring to, can you post the link? I can’t figure it out.

          • plague

            That’s what choice is for.
            Why should we not be allowed to choose an icon if we want?
            I _hate_ the damn previews, they clutter up the interface, show the ads (despite adblocker) on the websites and are pretty much unreadable.
            A good icon (preferably one we can choose ourselves, per site) makes it much much easier to read and produces a much nicer looking interface.

        • http://www.lalaurette.com.ar/ Sebastián Lalaurette

          I’m back on the old Speed Dial with extensions, which I love, and I thought dead. Will you keep it? Because I love it, did I mention that?

          • Marcin Mitek

            Any updates to SD design and functionality will be presented in the developer builds first, you might wanna check them soon.

          • http://www.lalaurette.com.ar/ Sebastián Lalaurette

            Oh, sorry for the misunderstanding. I *am* on the developer release, and I could switch to the old Speed Dial again, with extensions, which I thought it wasn’t possible anymore. I’d like you to keep it, optionally, if it’s at all possible. I love Speed Dial extensions. 😉

      • GTown Fred

        Enabled the experimental Start Page (my preference) – regular dials are OK, but group dials are sort of transparent although they do work OK despite the strange appearance

        • L33t4opera

          Yep, that’s what I meant, when I wrote above:
          “You should know also, that the folders on this new start page, have very dark grey backgrounds/tiles”.

  • lyl yuan

    this is a bug, that Bookmark folder be Renaming will Happen.for example,wirte a “&”, Save later will be a “Double &” -“&&”,not a “&”, Can not be modified. you can try! hope this bug be Repaired

    • rrzepecki

      Did you try it on O27? This should be fixed now…

      • lyl yuan

        i used it now , you shoud to try, do you undersand i Meaning for Front

  • Apocalypse

    Any chances for “wrap to multiple lines”? I really want to use Opera but this is my killer Feature.

  • Ago

    Nice, but now middle mouse click don’t work anymore, and the bar take away too much height for discovery, it should be possible to change the bar to be vertical.

    • L33t4opera

      change the bar to be vertical

      Hi, navigate to opera://flags/#experimental-start-page, and select “Enabled” from the dropdown, and then go to opera:flags#webui-navigation-bar, and select “Disabled” from the dropdown, restart the Opera, and click on “Go back to the new start page” in the bottom-right 😉

      • Ago

        Thank you 🙂

  • nicks

    Thanks for update but i have two problems: when i open twitter link to twitter site in new tab opera crashes for few seconds and second problem: sometimes when open bookmarks opera crashes too.

  • Sidney Moraes

    Small bug: I have to hit Ctrl + M to activate Tab Menu even the flag was enabled.

    • Leonardo Gomes

      It is activated for the first time only if you have enough number of tabs.

      • Sidney Moraes

        Now it is activated and I can see the symbol of it but I have only one tab opened.

        • Leonardo Gomes

          That’s okay.As in said, only one the first time you need to have a certain number of tabs for the menu to be enabled.

      • ruduh

        Should come on activated by default, as it is already enabled on flags.

        • Leonardo Gomes

          It is but it’s only shown after you have opened a certain number of tabs, because if you don’t open many tabs, then the tab menu may not be very useful for you.

  • Apocalypse

    And Jon von Tetzchner launched today a Vivaldi Browser – this should have been new Opera.

    • noordinaryland

      well, it’s the real new Opera but with a different name, the techpreview looks already better and more promising than what we’ve got in 19 months of Opera 15, and it is even already available for Linux users…

    • Herr Pietrus

      Of course, but not with such an ugly interface…

    • Hecc-MA

      Let’s hope Opera gets it once and for all.

  • Vi

    Vivaldi Browser Preview is released. From past Opera founder and CEO
    Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner – the Vivaldi Browser will have mail and has notes feature. It looks promising.

    Opera you have an good competitor in the future: https://vivaldi.com

    • North Berg

      Thanks, looks fantastic! https://vivaldi.com/#Home

    • Lacedaemon

      Thanks.

      • SLR

        “+Recently closed tabs on the old place”
        Sold.

        • Alaknár

          Just remember: even though Vivaldi has more features than Opera 28, it’s just a technical preview. It will be glitchy, don’t use it as your main browser just yet.

          • http://www.lalaurette.com.ar/ Sebastián Lalaurette

            More features? It must be a joke. Sure it has some features that we miss from old Opera, but it doesn’t even have mouse gestures or even a bookmark toolbar yet.

          • Krasen Ivanov

            It has mouse gestures on my PC.
            However I could not import opera 27 data to vivaldi.

          • Alaknár

            Mouse gestures are there. Drag down on a link to open it in a new tab (sadly, so far no gesture for an empty new tab), forward, back, close tab. Don’t know if any others are present, I don’t use them.

            As for “more features” – there is import, there are bookmarks, bookmark nicknames, folders (with nested folders), multiple speed dials, tab preview that’s actually usable, tab stacking/grouping, notes, contacts…

            EDIT: forgot about: customisable tab bar position and panels.

            Yeah – it does have more features. 🙂

          • http://www.lalaurette.com.ar/ Sebastián Lalaurette

            It would be a silly debate if we started enumerating which features each browser has or has not. Suffice to say that Vivaldi is just a nascent product and it shows. Let’s give it time. (Also, isn’t Otter Browser, the “Opera Presto heir”, still around these days? What happened to it? Where are all the enthusiasts that were going to switch in droves?)

          • Alaknár

            Otter browser is being developed, but still is in a barely usable condition.

            Vivaldi is unstable, lacking, but definitely usable at this point.

            Of course it’s nascent. It’s a technical preview! Which doesn’t change the fact, that it offers more than “new” (15+) Opera, in my opinion. Even the Developer builds still lack the basic stuff I need – stuff that Vivaldi already has.

          • Jedy

            As long as the Presto mourners get side panels and tab bar placement etc, I’m sure they’d be happy to use a buggy pre-release.

          • http://www.lalaurette.com.ar/ Sebastián Lalaurette

            Well, I *am* a Presto mourner, in the sense that I’d have very much preferred that Opera would have made the transition to Blink withouth changing the interface and philosophy of the program itself. But the devs have explained that that would have been very difficult to do, because the rendering engine and the program functions were too intertwined (a bad design decision, but one that I can forgive after a decade of adding and changing features, which always results in cruft),

            Maybe the ex CEO and devs have figured it out, and will do it. I think it’s not possible because they don’t own the old Opera code, which is closed source. But they may be leveraging the knowledge and past experiences and avoiding past mistakes. In any case, it’s too early to say –Vivaldi seems to be a browser with some features that existed in the old Opera, but also missing a lot of pretty basic functionality that the new Opera and other mature browsers obviously have.

            In essence, what I’m saying is that even if we Presto mourners get side panels, tab bar placement and other superficial features we miss from before, those features don’t necessarily make a good or even a usable browser.

          • Jedy

            Your last paragraph is my point. But the way some people go on about these features, they make it sound like they are all that matters in a browser.

          • http://eliotime.com/ eliotime3000

            Even I consider to Vivaldi as a cousin of Opera Blink.

      • lemix.cg

        “The list is endless, this IS Opera Presto on a new engine.(Webkit, Chromium)”
        looks like what was promised many years ago

        already downloading…

        • Zik

          I cant hide buttons and panels that I dont want to see, so it’s still not Opera Presto. :3

          • Apocalypse

            Be patient. It is tehnical Preview. Not final product…

          • Apocalypse

            U can hide panels, Just search in options…

        • Skyryvet

          I hate the new speed dial. But I changed some settings and it looks a bit good now..

          For those who don’t like the new Start Page…

          1. Uncheck the Use big Speed Dial thumbnails in settings

          2. Set the Maximum no of columns to 9

          And this is how it looks…. i.imgur.com/jWqVy3Z.jpg

          My monitor res. is 1600*900

      • Nimix

        Today I thought it’s time to move from Opera 12 to Opera 27. But luckly, Vivaldi was released today. So, goodbye Opera.

        • Joe Li

          But I think it will be a couple of months before Vivaldi becomes more stable, it fails to load web pages now. So I will wait and keep watching.

          • Jedy

            Fails to load pages? Then it truly does recreate Opera Presto.

          • Daniel Carvalho

            I’ve never had a problem like that in Presto.

      • Alaknár

        I’m actually curious how the Opera devs will react to this, seeing Vivaldi flooded their forum a bit… 🙂

        Already checking it out, seems just too good to be true. 🙂

        • http://ruario.ghost.io/ Ruarí Ødegaard

          Well actually I was the first to reply to Olli (my ex-boss) when he tweeted about it.

          https://twitter.com/olafura/status/559999956875214849

          We are not scared of competition, as I don’t believe we have any reason to be. 😀

          I would also wish them the best of luck. Many of the people involved are not exactly unknown to us. We worked with them for years.

          Last time I met up with Olli (long after he left Opera) he bought me lunch. Maybe I should return the favour to congratulate him on the launch. 😀

          • Alaknár

            Glad to hear that! 🙂

          • Lacedaemon

            “We are not scared of competition, as I don’t believe we have any reason to be. :D”

            You do realize that if Opera 15 had such an impressive feature list we would still be talking about its awesomeness and yours? Over a year (almost 2 years now) and very little has changed so I wouldn’t be so sure and confident about it. The moment I saw the visual tabs in Vivaldi, something broke in me with Opera. Sorry, but the river’s water stream can’t be reversed anymore.

          • Leonardo Gomes

            Or probably the ones who didn’t like those features would be complaining about added these and not other ones.

            Or probably people would be asking for different (new) features.

          • Lacedaemon

            In the alternative universe of yours, Opera 12 users were complaining about the browser and demanded Opera 15…

            In the alternative universe of yours, Opera 15 users had the same enthusiastic response in this blog, as Vivaldi has right now…

          • Leonardo Gomes

            Well, if you had been on this blog (or maybe on the forums) you would know that people was/is always complaining about something.

            Even all those features that peolpel keep asking here had people complaining against them when they were added back in Presto times.

          • Jademarisa

            Talk about yourself. I’m pretty sure that most Opera 12 satisfied users did not demand any change, less one making our beloved browser a Chrome clone. I hated Opera 15+ from second one.

          • Lacedaemon

            Are you sure you are replying to the right person? 😀

          • Patata

            “We are not scared of competition, as I don’t believe we have any reason to be. :D”

            That’s exactly why we need Vivaldi. You guys are to ignorant and arrogant to see how wrong you are.

          • Apocalypse

            Very true. Competition is good anyway…

          • Ken

            Best comment ever.

          • Elenor

            You totally nailed it!

          • Apocalypse

            “We are not scared of competition, as I don’t believe we have any reason to be. :D”
            This is not ordinary cometition. This is a product of your co-workers. This is the product awaited by many.
            Vivaldi is the way we wanted your Opera should be. U promised us only changing engine, but u changed everything.
            Vivaldi now is our Torch Of Hope…

          • Jedy

            Except Vivaldi only seems to serve the disgruntled Opera Presto users so far and it’s in Tech preview state at the moment. We need to come back in a years time to see how it’s developed to really find out if it’s a proper alternative. And changing that ugly interface would help.

          • kbcz

            “We are not scared of competition, as I don’t believe we have any reason to be. :D”

            Your competition may be Chrome, Vivaldi is different universe.

          • Lacedaemon

            Spot on.

          • noordinaryland

            THE TRUTH!!!

          • Ken

            +822

          • http://danillonunes.com/ Danillo Nunes

            Last time I met up with Olli (long after he left Opera) he bought me lunch. Maybe I should return the favour to congratulate him on the launch. 😀

            Hey, I have a better idea*: You, Opera devs should buy a cake for Vivaldi devs when they launch a stable release. 😀

            *: Completely original, I swear!

          • Patata

            Didn’t know that Opera ASA is already in such a bad shape, I mean IE Dev team shape :O

      • sgrandin

        Already user-choice on tab placement – bottom tabs! – something stubborn Opera developers have been unwilling to come across with in a year and half (they even had to ask why).

        • Jedy

          Tab position? Seriously? I’ve not heard users of other browsers complain about the lack of it. Remember, feature preferences are different from person to person. I don’t think tab placement important, for example.

          • Elenor

            Users of other browsers? Seriously? You’re saying the decades old user and fan community is irrelevant as a target group? Hm, that would explain a lot.

      • Daniel Carvalho

        Are you saying Opera 12 is back?! And updated?! I’m on it!

    • JUiiii

      And also from past Opera employees.

    • Zik

      What engine it uses?

      • https://christoph142.wordpress.com/ Christoph142

        Chromium (Blink)

      • http://eser.ozvataf.com/ Eser Ozvataf

        blink… same as opera, chromium and chrome.

        • Hecc-MA

          New engine, old features, just what Opera should’ve done.

          • plague

            Correction: Just what Opera said they were going to do..

    • http://eser.ozvataf.com/ Eser Ozvataf

      Finally someone understands (at least starts to listen) what power users want.

      • Herr Pietrus

        Not only power users… I would ever consider myself as a power user 🙂

    • noordinaryland

      Thanks! this new browser looks very interesting: is Vivaldi the new Opera?

      • leooon

        More like the old opera, the one we liked.

        • noordinaryland

          That was my point 😉

        • aminiesta

          I really hope this is the case.

        • Vit

          What about synchronization in Vivaldi ?

          • Apocalypse

            Will be later…

        • L’homme Joli

          The new old Opera. The one we all where waiting for. As a very very long time Opera user since 2006 and there are even more old users than me I officialy say Opera is dead. The only browser of Opera I am still using is Mini but you can be shure because Opera Desktop is dead if there is a mobile competitor I will not hesitate to use it on my phone.

    • Roby

      Ditching Opera for this 🙂
      Thanks for the share!

      • dorok

        lol me too!

    • Marko Koivuniemi

      Very strong start from Vivaldi – let’s see what it brings to us. Hopefully tab stacking to Opera as soon as possible.

    • pekikuubik

      Somewhat disappointed it’s based on Chromium as well (there is no way Blink will ever be as lightweight as Presto, so Vivaldi is essentially unusable on slower PCs), but it’s already a more promising start than Chropera in its current state. Love the bookmark manager.

      • Apocalypse

        It was the only way. What they should chosen? Gecko? Trident? Its only 30 people u know. Let them do our Old Opera without engine fixing problems if u know what i mean.

        • L’homme Joli

          Blink was unfortunatly the best choice. Its fast and has Multiprocess and the marketing power is more powefull. The Gecko is very slow and Mozilla is slow like hell to update at least with a multi process version.

          • Apocalypse

            Agree

          • Jedy

            Except Opera have stated Blink was impossible to maintain and had to go. As for best choice, page rendering was awful. At least Chromium gets this (mostly) right.

        • Jedy

          And suddenly everyone is liking Chromium now?

          • Apocalypse

            I was the first who was happy when Opera said they r moving to Webkit. Personally i loved old Opera for features, but i hated for engine. I was hoping that they will change engine only, leaving everything else. That did not happen. So my conclusion is. No – not everyone like Chromium. I think it was teh only way, not to waste people working on Presto. They could focus on features…

      • Jaime A.G.

        I’m tired of all browsers being “chrome in the inside”, the whole process-spamming and excessive ram usage keeps me hating them.

        At least for now, Opera does a good job using less resources than the “parent” browser, not sure for how long though.

    • aminiesta

      Wow. It really bring back the Presto feeling.

    • Daniel Hendrycks

      This is fabulous. I can’t believe how much I’ve missed these features!

      • Apocalypse

        Hehe. Like a good old days, isn it? 🙂

    • [828586]

      thank you for this link :D, now I know that Chrome like Opera is not only solution, there is an hope

    • http://www.UnrealRex.com/ GF-REX

      Now THAT is awesome! I’m sold on Vivaldi once it goes stable.

      Opera and their quirks are driving me mad. Especially how each new update removes Bing. Meaning I have to go in and replace the json file with the old one JUST so I can keep Bing as default AND not have duckduckgo set as ‘d’. I reserved ‘d’ for Dictionary.com and have had for many years. Its just madness! I do love the new speed dial look in Opera, though.

      • http://www.opera.com Zhenis Beisekov

        Bing will be back with one of the next updates. Sorry for the hassle.

        • Elzo Lubbers

          Still, the issue of Opera deciding what letter is bound to a search enige is not resolved. I used d for dictionary.com and y for youtube back in the good old days. That problem hasn’t been taken care of.

        • Lacedaemon

          Surely, it will be fun waiting for it to hit O29, then go to O29beta and to have it in O29 stable in 2 months from now…

        • http://www.UnrealRex.com/ GF-REX

          Thank you! You guys still rock!

        • jules

          i also use bing as well. and i’m still using O12 interchangeably with the new browser because the features i want are still unreleased on the newest version as yet. (synch and bookmarks) still waiting tho.

        • Jedy

          Great news!

        • Rafael Luik

          You guys know that bringing Bing back won’t solve half the problem of “custom search engines vs Opera” right??

        • Pai

          Thanks for addressing that.

    • Hecc-MA

      Must try must try must try!!!

      Von Tetzchner is God and he says: Opera, you had your shot, I’m back!!!

    • http://ruario.ghost.io/ Ruarí Ødegaard

      Hello and welcome, new, first time poster!

      Olli, my old friend is this you? 😛

      Opera you have an good competitor in the future: https://vivaldi.com

      I hope so, as we thrive on competition!

      I’m also excited to see that it is based on Chromium/Blink. Having more potential contributors to these core projects will benefit us as all.

      • Hecc-MA

        “We must make a new browser. A browser for ourselves and a browser for our friends. A browser that is fast, but also a browser that is rich in functionality, highly flexible and puts the user first. A browser that is made for you.”

        How did you forget about this, and YOU belong to that era.

        • http://ruario.ghost.io/ Ruarí Ødegaard

          I think you are asking me personally so I’ll respond personally.

          I haven’t forgotten it. I do genuinely like modern Opera as do many of my friends. It doesn’t have every feature I could wish for but then no browser I have used ever did.

          It is the best of the current browsers IMHO. Though I’ll keep and eye on my old friends and colleagues to see what they produce as well. 😉

          • Hecc-MA

            Yeah my last sentence’s first part aimst at Opera, second part aims at you.

          • plague

            I like parts of modern Opera as well. I really do.

            However, Opera _used_to_be_ highly flexible and rich in functionality.
            This simply is not the case anymore and the whole situation is infuriating.

            Opera used to lead the pack when it came to innovative features.
            _Every_single_ other browser was behind Opera in innovative features, and Opera just kept pumping out innovation after innovation.
            Modern Opera moves at a snails pace in comparison, where even Microsoft(!) moves faster these days (with Spartan).

            Those things are what all the fuss is about.

            The promoted new features between major stable releases of Opera these days include for example: moving the navigation bar and tab previews enabled again.
            That’s it.
            Even though I know alot of work is being done behind the scenes, that’s not what is promoted in the release announcement, so just compare that to what Vivaldi is offering in their very first preview release.
            The difference is staggering!
            And it proves that it has nothing to do with things taking a long time to do, or that Chromium makes certain things impossible, as Vivaldi has managed to provide a _lot_ of the flexibility and functionality Opera users have been requesting back for years, right from the start, while still being based on Chromium. So it’s obviously perfectly possible within a decent timeframe.

            So it has to be a change of attitude at Opera into a “we know best and you get only what we want you to have”.

            What happened at Opera?
            Why the complete U-turn from who you used to be?
            When you made the announcement of the switch to WebKit, you claimed it would be a mostly under the hood change and would enable you to innovate even more and faster. That did absolutely not happen.
            So again, what changed?
            New CEO that hated Opera Presto?
            New major stockholders that couldn’t understand flexibility and choice?

            Vivaldi is more Opera than modern Opera is.
            And that makes me a bit sad, as I really like Opera (for what it used to be). 🙁
            I’m still hanging in there with Opera and hoping you will come to your senses at some point, some day, aaany time now.
            But my eyes are firmly glued to Vivaldi, and it will be very interesting to see what they will bring going forward.

          • aminiesta

            This is my thought exactly.

          • Jedy

            Opera is the only browser that knows how to do Speed Dial properly without resorting to plugins!

    • MadEddy

      PANELS! YEAH!

    • http://www.opera.com Zhenis Beisekov

      Hi Vi ,

      I am happy to see you on Opera desktop blog. First comment with such success! New kid in town is always welcome.

      I hope that Vivaldi will not only copy O12 functionality, but also contribute to Blink project as Opera does: http://operasoftware.github.io/upstreamtools/#blink

      Last but not least, modern browser – in my opinion – is *not* about quantity of features, but about Quality which means Stability and Simplicity.

      • Alaknár

        “Stability” and “Simplicity” caused me to ditch Opera 15+ in favour of Firefox where I had to install some 20+ add-ons just to get the Opera 12 functions I needed.

        And now it’s slow as hell because add-ons will never be as optimised as built-in features.

        • http://www.opera.com Zhenis Beisekov

          Now we have more than 1000 extensions in our store. You cannot do them as built-in features. That’s why extensions were invented.

          • Nekomajin43

            A lot of them is crap and/or duplicate. And a lot of them implements basic features that are missing from the browser.

          • Alaknár

            Of course. But I’d rather have the “basic” stuff implemented as core features. Opera did that back in the days of v12, Vivaldi seems to be doing that now.

          • Rafael Luik

            What people consider as “basic” is not the same for everyone.

            For what I search for in a browser Opera has more basic features than Firefox. If I were to clog up one of the two with extensions I wouldn’t pick Firefox since I’d have to add more extensions to make it comfortable to use than I’d with Opera.

            Just thought of showing a different point of view here…

          • Herr Pietrus

            Now it can be true, but who knows what will happen if Vivaldi succeed? As for now I don’t use FF for the same reason – in opera I have to use only bookmarks extension (and of course some ad-blocker etc.), in FF I’d have to use SD and gestures… But the truth is also that those FF extensions have sometimes more features than built-in Opera’s solutions and even if I don’t miss them, they have been prepared with less pain as I think.

          • plague

            An RSS reader can be done as a built-in feature and really should be.
            That’s part of the “basic functionality” people want, that you simply don’t deliver.

          • Fajar Vashra

            its basically says that your team is lazy bum….is that correct ?..old opera can do it, chropera can’t…..how disappoint. every programer can make opera extension, but not every browser can make what old opera make as inventor new feature. Now they are catching up with what old opera do.

          • Lacedaemon

            Shows also how far more competent in programing and how devoted that old Presto team that has left (& laid off) Opera is, compared to the one-man armies of Opera.

            2 years going back and forth for deciding how SD will look is not called skill.

          • NIBB

            Of course you can’t, that would be impossible. But when someone has to hack a product to make something basic, in terms of functionality like to manage his tabs, or manage his bookmarks, it means something is wrong with the core.

            Extensions make a software slow, incompatible and insecure. Most of the extensions can pull remote code on the user and hack them. Some hackers are even buying popular extensions to do this. I don’t want an extension to do something as simple as grouping tabs or change colors. Things like that should not be extensions.

            Look why people are leaving Firefox, because they are sick of having the browser loaded with 40 extensions which make it terrible slow and break all the time. Google managed to create a way so extensions are isolated from the browser, but this also means the extensions can’t do certain things either on the GUI which is a good thing.

            Extensions are nice, but a software company should never leave everything to third parties. If that was the case, then why we need Opera in the first place. If you are just making the core and letting others expand on it, that does not work on the long run. Opera is not open source. With companies that sell their product, lets assume they sell their extensions, that is another story, they tend to be serious and maintain quality but its not the case here or with other browsers, most of them are done by developers on their free time for nothing in exchange and so they lack quality.

            If you read the comments, users like most things shipped by default, not with third party extensions.

          • http://www.operaturkiye.net/ Mağruf Çolakoğlu

            Yes I agree but many of them just an extension which no any a relly function…

          • Der Herr Nick

            Try this one, Magruf!

            https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/the-rss-aggregator/ffhafkagcdhnhamiaecajogjcfgienom?hl=de

            It looks and works more ore less like the old O12 RSS reader.

          • http://www.operaturkiye.net/ Mağruf Çolakoğlu

            Thanks but you can use Smasrt RSS for this as well.

          • Lacedaemon

            So you can’t do a shortcut for CloneTab but you advise people to use an extension for it that taxes the system with additional 16 MB for nothing… Super logic.

      • Nekomajin43

        Simplicity like adding a bookmark only to preselected folders then opening the bookmarks manager to move it to the desired (sub)folder with many moves, because we don’t have a folder tree? Or did you think of something else?

        • Herr Pietrus

          What a great example! Oh, wait…

      • pedralm

        Your last paragraph pretty much details what is wrong about O15+.
        It is stable, yes… it is simple, yes!
        But so simple that is boring, incomplete, undifferentiated and unjustifiable to choose over Chrome or even IE.

        We’re now at 27, that means 12 (irony) versions ahead of Opera 15 and what you delivered so far is “Discovery” (useless) and a built-in Pinterest that you called “Bookmarks”. There’s really not much more to show, honestly.
        It’s amazing how little was achieved, but then again it is understandable if focus is simplicity. So I can assume Opera 35 will be even… simpler? I’m not really sure what is the goal and direction for Opera.
        Can’t attract new users because there isn’t much to offer that Chrome doesn’t offer, and can’t keep old users because…

        VIVALDI !!!!!

        Oh, and don’t point everything towards extensions. Having lots of optimized functionality built-in was an attractive argument. Now we have to have an array of buttons for extensions providing a similar experience to that we had before, but with the *bonus* of added weight.
        And don’t give also the argument that it’s great because we can have 10MB installer packages… 😛

      • Hecc-MA

        Yet you refuse to highlight his comment, I wonder why…

        Modern browser is about offering a complete product too, which Opera IS NOT.

      • http://eser.ozvataf.com/ Eser Ozvataf

        I think not having sync or only top level bookmark categories are not good samples of simplicity. Chromium is already simple as it can be and current Opera don’t have any indispensable features/user experience so far.

      • plague

        “Quality” also means actually making the users happy, which in turn means providing flexibility and _CHOICE_!

        Not being able to choose any thumbnail I want for a bookmark/speed dial, but be limited to an arbitrary set of thumbnails _you_ deem worthy (most often not even the logo/banner is available, despite being available with a right click on the site!) is simply insanity in a modern product.

        Not being able to configure the UI _at_all_ is not Quality, it’s being limited for the sake of being limited.
        Even most of Microsoft’s applications are more configurable than that.

        Being forced to use extensions for everything, which in turn adds boatloads of buttons to the toolbar, which you cannot rearrange btw, is not Quality, it’s just annoying.

        Also, not being able to make an extension with an UI that integrates in _any_ other way than through that button on the toolbar is also not Quality, it’s just limiting.

        Fix these things and _then_ we can talk about Quality.

      • Fajar Vashra

        what quality you are talking about ? IMHO Op 12 is much more quality than this what you called chropera…..simplicity is boring , i’m workinh as architect, they leaving simplicity,too over simplicity, toward functionality n little eye candy, people can’t leave only with knife in the jungle, cant they?….quality of feature is important as long as its useful, as im seeing right now , new chropera didn’t invent anything useful n only implant old opera’s feature to its new, and shamelessly claim it as new feature, am I right ? there’s old say less is bore , also the reverse is …. its been 3 month I leave this blog , start using firefox , n do peek what the progress opera team does, and shockingly nothing…basically just updating chrome core, that’s all.

      • aminiesta

        He is not just new kid in town. He is the special one. But don’t be scare. If you work harder, faster with humility and modesty you’ll be one like him.

      • Toga

        You guys are so delusional, it’s not funny anymore.
        Serious, it’s SAD! What’s wrong with ALL of you?! Fight back! Make a good browser! Not this… “thing”.

      • NIBB

        Zhenis you are right but that alone does not make a browser good, or any product for that mater.

        If we want simplicity why don’t we go with Lynx, it does not get more simple and stable than that. Ok, you mean one that has a graphic render? Then how about Konqueror or Midori?

        With your words “but about Quality which means Stability and Simplicity” you just described Chrome. So why exactly is someone supposed to choose Opera vs the original developers which are at Google?

        Chrome shows which tab has sound, Opera does not. Chrome has a better bookmark manager and bar with shortcuts. Opera does not. I could go on and on, not to mention Chrome updates faster and it takes 1 or 2 months for Opera to get the latest Chrome engine. Last week there where 40, yes 40+ security holes fixed in Chrome, Opera was insecure for weeks and this happens every single month.

        So I would add that quality also means security, something Opera lacks, as you guys just wait for Chrome to update, then take a couple of weeks and update Opera.

        I’m not sure what you guys do at Opera all day but I would fire most of the team after 2 years with this type of advance, you guys took 1.6 years of salary and did what? Wrapped a GUI on Chromium, something a lone wolf developer is able to do in 30 days. You have to admit that there is something very, very wrong at Opera.

        This guys with just a very small team of less than maybe 20 developers in their first pre-alpha release delivered what you guys promised Opera would be almost 2 years ago, I remember it was said you would only change the render engine, but all features would stay. Never happen. Everything was changed. It took you one year to release a Linux version, it took you one year to release a terrible bookmark manager.

        And I understand why. It was because you want stability and simplicity.

        Companies don’t last very long on those principles alone. Believe me. I saw this plenty of times. Innovation is what makes companies grow, not just to be one more of the same which is exactly what Opera is lately. Even in mobile where you always had the lead, I can say that Opera on Android is nothing special at all. Chrome is better and Dolphin seems to be the new Opera with innovating features.

        It seems on the desktop Vivaldi is the new Opera, it works on all platforms and it has already way more features than the first Opera/Blink ever had. Yes, its unstable, yes it has bugs, it lacks quality, but its innovating. Something you guys in Opera are not doing for along time anymore.

        I totally agree with you. Stability is required and quality, and only time will prove if they can pull it off or not. As for simplicity, you can have it, I need something more than a dumb browser. No wonder you guys are losing market so fast. Opera will be sold and rip to pieces if there is no attitude change, and most of them are going to go work for Vivaldi, remember my words. Opera is an advertising company, not a software company anymore.

        And you developers are not to blame either. It’s the head, management, you are just doing what you where told as a team. It’s the upper management at Opera that has go, and fast. A new CEO, and new people should come and lets hope its not too late.

    • VeraLB

      Hi Vi,

      Welcome to this blog!
      We wish the Vivaldi team the best of luck 🙂

      • Hecc-MA

        No, they do wish you luck.

        • http://ruario.ghost.io/ Ruarí Ødegaard

          Can’t we still wish them luck, even if they also wish us luck? 😉

          It doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive.

          • Hecc-MA

            No, it just means you’ll need it more.

    • Serpher

      Sweet Jesus, even though this is TP it reminds me of an old Opera. I only hope they will implement themes of some sort, because the current theme is just awful to look at.

      • jason

        this.. it’s especially awful on windows 7

    • Herr Pietrus

      But its; so ugly that it’s impossible to use it for now…

      • Daniel Carvalho

        I’m using it now and then, specially to check on their forums, but I wouldn’t exchange my browser just yet. But hey, it’s just an alpha release, they’re yet testing things, correcting bugs, and above all, hearing what its users have to say – unlike Opera!

        It’s not the browser of choice right now, but I assure you, once the stable version is released, we’ll be seeing Vivaldi as the best browser of its generation! It’s already better than Chropera!

    • András Ács

      No plans for anything mobile?

    • NIBB

      Wait !!! This is a release preview and already has more features than the current Opera which is over 1 year old?

      I’m sold.

      • Apocalypse

        Incredible isn`t?

      • Toga

        But Vivaldi is being worked for more than a year to. They only didn’t release it sooner.

        • NIBB

          Its not released yet. Its a technical preview. And Opera was months in the work before launching their first Opera 15 based on Chrome. Compare Vivaldi Tech Preview with the first Opera Stable 15 and it I choose Vivaldi. Opera Chromium will be 2 years old in July. Reaction to the first Vivaldi is positive, reaction to the first Opera Chrome was terrible. Its was not usable at all.

          Vivaldi did not even launched its first stable consumer preview and its already so much better. It still lacks optimization and performance and tons of bugs fixes but you can clearly see where they are heading and this is what I want from a browser. Most people will prefer Opera for its simplicity, Vivaldi is for those that spend hours and hours on the web and need the extra features.

          Lets see in a couple of months how both of them compare.

    • Patata

      Finally a useful browser again.
      Now there is no more reason left for me to waste my time with Chropera and the arrogant guys who are left at Opera ASA.
      Maybe the rumors are true and Samesung will buy Opera ASA, but who cares? They aren’t the company we used to know anymore and everyone who understand what made Opera special should have left to the Vivaldi Team by now 😉

    • ultraviolet

      blog hijacked confirmed!

    • beBoss

      Looks very promising! I’m testing it right now, and even I installed adblock extension and works great.

    • Юлия

      Return of the king? 😉

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1QCbXCezNc DH Dog

        Hi Yulia.

        I’m contacting you here because I don’t want anyone to see this (and I also set my profile to Private so no one could follow me here). We (Me, Chuck Norris, StraightEdgeNexus, Will S. and IronMan) have started a Hangouts chat so I thought that I should invite you because… I don’t know, I just feel that you fit there.

        This is were we just talk about various stuff because we are bored. For me, the time passes faster at work when I chat with those guys. To join you only need a Google account; it doesn’t have to be personal, you don’t have to share absolutely no personal information with us, just when you’re bored, log in and chat with us.

        So, would you like to join us? 🙂

        • Vux777

          I’m contacting you here because I don’t want anyone to see this

          epic ツ

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1QCbXCezNc DH Dog

            I know, right!?

          • Vux777

            did she fell for it?
            ..or too early to tell? 🙂

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1QCbXCezNc DH Dog

            Fell for what? You can join too!

        • Юлия

          Oh, Hangouts is one of those things that I so dislike. And typing on my phone’s keyboard is not really for me. If I’m home in front of my PC I’ll most likely see any Disqus notifications though 🙂

          Right now Google tells me that I’m not on Hangouts, whatever I disabled (or not enabled) took away that privilege from me.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1QCbXCezNc DH Dog

            Well that’s the point, to meet somewhere where no one cares, to use something that doesn’t involve our personal info.
            On Disqus you can’t have long chats or off topic discussions…

            Anyway,I won’t insist on this so if you ever decide to join, you know where to find me.

          • http://sonictech101.blogspot.com/ Iron Man

            You don’t need to be on phone to use hangouts. You can totally do that through PC. There is a chrome app too. Or if you want to not use chrome at all and use firefox, there is google.com.

            All in all, the problem is not about platform or app, the thing is if you are interested. If yes, we will figure something out.

            For example, DH Dog or Adrian has a windows phone which doesn’t have hangouts. So he uses PC for that. That doesn’t hamper anything. Also, we can change the platform and can switch to some other IM.

            The question remains: “Are you interested?”

            Don’t care about logistics as they can be managed. Just answer the question 🙂

            Edit: Ditch it. I left that. Plus, Will Stewart is there.

    • jason

      Bring back transparency and the usual windows 7 look. The windows 8 looks is flat and ugly.

    • Octavio Rios

      THanks for the notice! I’ve been waiting for something like this!

    • Hecc-MA

      Ok, I’ve tried, sluggish as hell in my PC, no close tabs to the right, too bad.

      Zooming slider in status bar, and status bar!!I almost shed a tear for this!!

      No extensions means no Last Pass, means no passwords, means WTF?

      • aminiesta

        It means technical preview@ alpha release.

        • Jedy

          But it’s the saviour browser everyone wants. Forget about bugs, it’s got side panels! 😉

    • Charlie Sanchez

      Thanks! I just visited this blog post to read what is still wrong with stable release but I saw (almost) whole page of enthusiastic comments! What a surprise on Opera Desktop Blog 🙂

    • kbcz

      Great! Just found it yesterday. So, farewell Opera, its been a great 14 years. Now we have a chance to get what we want, not to wait for stupid bookmarks for over a year now. Great news. This Opera progress is sad indeed.

    • darkflame

      Reporting back from the land of Vivaldi.
      As mentioned by others a VERY solid start and a great set of old features.

      However, at least on my system it certainly seems like features have won over speed. Its slower then both Opera12 and 27 in terms of interface – switching tabs particularly is laggy.

      My guess is this might be to do with their choice of a web based interface (ie, the browser is made from JS+CSS etc). Its possible that has allowed faster development but harder to optimise?
      Still, very worth keeping an eye on.

      • NIBB

        I’m not sure about their choice either, its not fast or responsive, but they did warned about that in their homepage. That the browsers is still lacking optimization. Lets hope they did the right choice and in the future they can optimize it. Its not terrible slow, its usable in my systems but Opera, Chrome and IE are surely faster and more responsive.

      • al_ghul

        yes, its really slow, even slower that chrome clone slimjet

    • Jason Brown

      I personally will be watching Vivaldi and will likely be making the switch. I have been an Opera user for a long long time and have been waiting patiently since version 15 through 27 now for the simple features that a lot of us have been waiting for. I will be making the move sooner rather than later most likely.

    • kupoo

      Come in to see how Opera is doing, since I ditched it about a year ago. Nothings really change since.

      Then I spot this comment. Bookmarked, followed, can’t wait for proper release.

    • landmarkcm

      I tried it. It is rather slow & of course no extention support yet etc. I couldn’t even get the bookmarks to run right. & It looks rather sloppy in my opinion right now..

    • http://www.tabthief.blogspot.com/ Pretender

      The whole look of this browser is similar to Chinese- “Maxthon browser”.

    • Elenor

      Thank you Vi for the hint! Checked it out and downloaded it.
      Yes, it’s unfinished and rough on the edges. But unlike Opera 15+ it already has a Linux version and a solid promise of an inbuilt email client right from the start, key features that have been requested by users thousands of times on this blog – and ignored by developers. Obviously, the Vivaldi team has by been reading and listening here. It looks and feels like Vivaldi, not Opera 15+ is the true modernization of a great browser. Thank you, Jón.
      My old Opera 12 will hold out a little longer while Vivaldi is being developed further. And then I’ll make a smooth transition. Made my day.

  • http://eser.ozvataf.com/ Eser Ozvataf

    “A stable release worse than previous.”

    Guys, seriously, the features you’ve introduced not even a complete feature to increase a version number.

    • Marcin Mitek

      We can repeat thousand of times, that we would bump the version number even if there would be only updated Chromium. This is to reflect and of the cycle and Chromium update. I can repeat that endlessly, but some people still stick to the numbers.

      • http://eser.ozvataf.com/ Eser Ozvataf

        yeah definitely some people stick to the numbers and they will. the reason is that it also shows us the progress of current development of opera.

        philosophically, chromium and opera are different software projects. if you follow semantic versioning it’s still meaningless to making it relative to chromium imho.

        i think “version with no features” annoys user base.

        • Patata

          They don’t care about that kind of userbase who is active on their blogs. They can always come up with their “millions of users” mantra, those anonymous users who’s opinion only Opera ASA knows about 😉

        • Leonardo Gomes

          i think “version with no features” annoys user base.

          Hmmm which user base?

          I’m asking because in the past (during Presto times) many users used to complain that Opera was (almost) always releasing new versions with new features but forgot to fix some old bugs.

        • Rafael Luik

          i think “version with no features” annoys user base.

          I think all browser vendors are screwed now then.

    • L33t4opera

      Hi, it’s worth to mention, that this version is also more secure, because it’s based on the Chromium 40.0.2214.91 😉

      • NIBB

        You know what this means right? Opera users had over 40 security holes previous version 27 and they where almost all serious.

        Chrome stable users where updated to build 40 one week before Opera users. This means Opera users are not only not getting anything new but where exposed to over 40 serious security issues for a week before Opera updated.

        What in the world are the Opera developers doing? Because if there are no new features at least they could be nice enough to update their user base the same day Chrome does. Their auto update features is completely trash and useless if they take a week to update after Chrome does. Actually, they could be updating the same day or even sooner because they depend on Chromium which is faster than Chrome stable.

        Like I see it, using Opera not only means less features but also means having an insecure browser.

  • SLR

    This is really nice, now I get to see a scroll bar in my speed dial.

  • Oleksandr V

    Still can’t load some cites. For instance: http://scitation.aip.org/content/aapm/journal/medphys/41/12/10.1118/1.4898202
    Page always freezes on loading. (Probably there are some problems with loading mathematical formulas, because threre is a string in left bottom corener: typesetting math 90%). Can anyone confirm?

    • Marcin Mitek

      This one loads for me fine. What is your operating system? Have you tried it with extensions disabled?

      • Oleksandr V

        I tried to load this page with disabled extensions, however it didn’t fix my problem. My operating system is Windows 7 (64-bit). Opera 12.17 loads this page without any problem, so that it doesn’t seem to be my operating system bug.

    • http://www.blackcoder.de blackcoder

      Works fine here, too.

  • Juraj Kováč

    Oh please, PLEASE keep the nagivation bar on the side. I understand the intent here, but most of today’s displays are widescreen and this is an incredible waste of space (more so when the Speed Dial doesn’t actually scale to fit). Sidebars can be stacked, if need be, but do keep it on the side!

    Second, I’m still seeing those extremely dark folder previews, which make it nigh impossible to recognize the tiles. Is this a migration issue? Can it be resolved somehow?

  • Homer

    That new navigation bar is a terrible thing. The bookmarks manager is very important for me but now its actual height decreased even more. The huge area of the screen is occupied by a useless panel. I don’t use Discover and I’m not going to do it. I don’t need that “Bookmarks” button when I work with the manager and the “Speed Dial” button is absolutely useless there too. And there’s no option to remove that useless panel… It’s really hard to use this browser when developers are putting spokes in my wheels.

    • Homer

      Fortunately, it’s possible to remove that navigation bar: opera://flags/#webui-navigation-bar

  • Евгений Смирнов

    So when Alt+Tab bug will be fixed?

  • feamoignargfaionakfj9ajfopamjv

    How does works sync open tabs between Linux and windows?

  • Roby

    Not only did you ruin the new, modern speed dial I grew to like, you also put the navigation bar on the bottom which is a stupid thing to do imo as displays are widescreen so now I have to scroll even more due to that and the lacking option to change dial size.
    I think it’s time to switch to a different browser… All you do is keep playing around with bookmarks and the start page.
    Sync and the other stuff you left behind when you switched rendering engines is nowhere to be seen (which I have been hoping for all this time).

    And I can’t believe you’re experimenting on a stable release. You guys are a disgrace. If you release something on a stable channel people expect the feature to stay, not for it to be removed in the next version.

    • Peter

      I also want the modern speed dial back! 😀 There is no need of that fancy navigation bar up there… I’m totally agree with you!

    • L33t4opera

      Hi, if you want to have them back in this version, please have a look here.

      • Roby

        Not much of a point in doing so if they are going to completely remove it in the future. Not going to bother anymore…

      • NIBB

        I agree with Roby. I’m not even interested in starting to use a feature, because they can just remove it in 2 months.

        They keep removing things, the only thing I use which was stash for my temporary reading list is gone. And their bookmarks change on each release so I don’t plan to waste my time saving data there anymore.

    • Alaknár

      Remember the guy who was head of Opera back in the v12 days? He just released a technical preview of his new browser. Check out https://vivaldi.com.

      It’s very early into the development (although already has more features than Opera 28) and can be glitchy (so don’t use it as your main browser just yet), but it seems to be going in the right direction.

    • http://www.lalaurette.com.ar/ Sebastián Lalaurette

      > the lacking option to change dial size.

      Just press “+” or “-” just like you would in any web page.

      • plague

        That scales everything, including the textlabels.
        Not pretty.
        Just changing the size of the previews is impossible at the moment.

        • Carson Coyote

          It also does this: http://prntscr.com/5xxuwu

          • plague

            Eeewww…
            Yeah, not pretty and far from an acceptable substitute for resizing the speeddial sizes.

    • Herr Pietrus

      Modern SD is under development and it will be better (with icons and thumbnails) But that bar with it’s hight…

    • pedralm

      “All you do is keep playing around with bookmarks and the start page.”

      true!
      that’s what 12 versions of Chropera got us. Really!

    • L33t4opera

      option to change dial size

      Hi, I’m aware, that this is not an option, but if you want, then you can change the size of the items for the new, and old (experimental) SD page, as follows:
      1. Go to the Opera’s menu > About Opera, copy the path to the profile, and close the Opera,
      2. Open Windows Explorer, paste the path into the address bar, and open the “Preferences” file in your text editor (before you make any changes in the file, make its copy, so that in case, if you make a mistake in the syntax, you can easy revert the changes by overwrite it with the copy),
      3. Make the changes in the “speeddial” section, as below: "speeddial": {
      "big_thumbnails": false,
      "column_count": 9,
      "experimental_column_count": 11,
      "experimental_thumbnail_height": 45,
      "experimental_thumbnail_width": 70,
      "thumbnail_height": 45,
      "thumbnail_width": 70
      },
      Adjust the values, accordingly to your needs, save the changes, close the file, launch the Opera, and see if that helps.

      You can also experiment bit more, and run the “launcher.exe”, together with the command line switch “–alt-high-dpi-setting=87”. Adjust the value as needed, but be aware, that it actually changes the size of the entire UI.

    • NIBB

      I noticed this months ago. They keep changing things, not only in places but removing them as well. I also find it shocking that they are experiment like that on a stable release.

  • Cyrris

    Thanks for the release. PPAPI Flash is important.

    I have switched off the new Navigation Bar because I have found its location at the bottom to be even more jarring than having it missing altogether in the bookmarks section.

    When 95%+ of a program’s controls are at or near the top of the window, it makes no sense to have some at the bottom if they are needed immediately after a top-based control (such as creating a new tab). Of course this isn’t a big issue on a tablet, but we’re talking about the desktop browser here.

    The old top-oriented design is much more logical. Thanks for at least keeping that in as a flag to revert to – I trust it will remain unless a real alternative is made.

  • majom

    If u open a new tab speed dial blinks!!! First u see a blank page then your speed dial! Once u fixed this issue a few versions ago. I cant believe u dont see it ! Stable releases mustnt contain bugs like this . Very annoying.

  • Łukasz Janik

    Please enable reset the default search engine, there are some unnecessary me from you.

  • Peter

    Hi there!
    There was an option for a new, modern speed dial which was available in the previous (26) version. I wonder if we can get back that style because i really liked it! Any chance?

    • L33t4opera

      Hi, please have a look here.

      • Peter

        Oooh, thanks man… I hope it’s gonna be the same for a while 😀

        • Leonardo Gomes

          Most probably until 28.

  • Ехидный колобок

    Ehehe, they released a new version of “Opera” right in the day Vivaldi browser was released

    • Peter

      What a mysterious coincidence… 😀

    • Leonardo Gomes

      Or you can also say that Vivaldi released its browser right in the same day Opera was releasing a new version.

  • Ехидный колобок

    Anyway, webkit/blink is absolutely rubbish for me. And that is the reason why i dont care what they’ve done and what they will do with their browser bcoz it has bad engine i dont like

    • https://christoph142.wordpress.com/ Christoph142

      Blink probably is the best engine out there right now, but you may of course judge for yourself.

      • Ехидный колобок

        I’m not gecko fan but why not gecko? And why Blink is the best?

        • SQL

          Why not gecko? Idk, i don’t personally enjoy memory leaks that much..

        • https://christoph142.wordpress.com/ Christoph142

          Open html5test.com or run some benchmarks in Chrome and FF and you’ll see why.
          Blink is the fastest and most standard compliant engine right now. Period.

  • Suleman Mughal

    The new speed dial is horrible. Opera 26 new speed dial is much better, and also why sync not working ??

  • Apocalypse

    So when VIvaldi Desktop Team? 🙂

  • aminiesta

    Ok. Opera team. Time to get your shit together. Vivaldi is coming.

  • Gloriam

    I’ll keep using Opera for the next couple of months, but a good alternative is in the works, which has most options I’ve been requesting for a long time now.

    Beware Opera, you might just loose what remains of your original user base, and the rest.. well, they’ll probably just use Chrome instead.

    • Patata

      They don’t care about their original user base. It was stated a long time ago. They want to go mainstream and if that means to lose those “nerds” who used Opera presto, they are perfectly fine with it.

      • Fajar Vashra

        Okay okay oke….its like opera in bad hand right now…like what microsoft in windows 8 director ….. didnt want to listen.

        • NIBB

          Except Microsoft had to listen. And they did. Microsoft reverted almost all changes in Windows 10. In Windows 10 they put everything their powers users suggested back and its more like Windows 7 than it was Windows 8. Microsoft learned, Opera so far not.

  • loxiw

    PLEASE bring back the nav bar to the left, it’s not only a waste of space in our 16:9 screens having it down there, it’s also much less usable, bottom is far from everything, if you want to go to bookmarks you gotta open a new tab (top) then go to bookmarks at the bottom… And is also way uglier, please reconsider it, it’s a BIG step backwards

    I hope Vivaldi will be good for us but also good for Opera

    • hafasd

      “We have played with many concepts, and today’s released navigation bar is the best option.”

      I can’t imagine you had played with navigation bar on the left side of the window and just threw this concept away after a while.

      • loxiw

        So you are asking me to repeat the exact same think in… a week?

        I don’t even have space in the new speed dial in my laptop, just look at this http://inft.ly/kPZ5vb8 do you really think there’s any chance to change my mind?…

  • Suleman Mughal

    Time to migrate to Vivaldi everyone. Vivaldi understands us.

    • noordinaryland

      I’m testing Vivaldi, it looks promising but it is only a techpreview, Vivaldi is the future I guess, until that future will be a reality I will switch to FF, I’ve had enough of Opera 15 (27? really? what a joke!), so goodbye Opera.

      • Suleman Mughal

        I’m with you

        • noordinaryland

          only trouble seems to be Vivaldi is even more Google-affiliated than Opera: I have deleted G from the search engines list and Vivaldi has stopped working, added it again and it works fine. I don’t like this.

          • Mimi

            PREVIEW, it’s not ready for daily using and has bugs.

            The final version sure will work very good (:

            Then you must understand what Open Source is /:

          • noordinaryland

            I know it is not even an alpha, but it’s out, so I test it and when I see something that I don’t like, I say it 😉
            Lot of interest around Vivaldi, Opera folks should think about it.

          • Suleman Mughal

            Its still a tech Preview. I think it has potential. Let see

      • Fajar Vashra

        your follower….done it already…+1

    • Hecc-MA

      Not yet, but in the correct path.

      Von Tetzchner couldn’t deliver less.

  • Der Herr Nick

    Yeah! Let’s hope for a pretty good, fast, and functional version of Vivaldi…

  • Alaknár

    Good news for Opera 12 fans: https://vivaldi.com/#Home

    This is just a technical preview, but still has more features than Opera 28. Bookmarks, tab stacking, search engines, panels, customisation, mail client, gestures… Really can’t wait for future builds.

    • Shion

      Is that another Chromium clone or something independent? Extensions?

      • Alaknár

        A bit tricky question.

        Yes – it is based on Chromium.

        No – it does not look remotely similar to Chrome or the new Opera. Try imagining Opera 12 customised for Windows 8/Windows 10 style and you get Vivaldi.

        Best to try for yourself. If you don’t want to install the technical preview but still would like to test it, it can be made “portable”.

        Download the install file, get 7zip, upack the .exe and then the contained .7z. You get working Vivaldi without installing anything.

        • pekikuubik

          Or you can simply choose standalone installation under Advanced in the installer. 😛

          • Alaknár

            Probably yes. I’m trying out mine at work where I don’t have the admin credentials. 🙂

        • Shion

          Got it downloaded, will try out later. Opera 27 searches/bookmarks/passwords import anytime soon?

          • Alaknár

            Didn’t try it yet, but it seems it can do that out of the box. At least the UI elements for it are there. 🙂 Try it out and let me know, I’m actually curious myself.

          • Shion

            Well, most of stuff, people’ve been asking from Opera, is there indeed. But the design… I hope they would make a Win7-style skin/theme/whatever an option. As this Win8-style is so damn hi-contrast and “simplistic” and … it just hurts my eyes very bad.

            No import buttons in sight.

            P.S. I hope the one who made this Win8-style will die a horrible death of slow blood loss from his eyes and balls exploding at the same time.

          • Alaknár

            V-menu -> File -> Import data. You’re welcome. 🙂

          • Shion

            Looked a bit more into it. Pretty sure Opera -> Vivaldi jump will be easy and mostly painless. But before that, four more things must be dealt with:

            – Opera Turbo alternative – one-click-proxy/traffic-saver always have its uses
            – Vivaldi guys tried to remove line between browser UI and a tab’s content – interesting, misleading, contrastly, too blocky for my taste – my eyes >_<
            – Extensions support – can't live without them anymore
            – First stable release, obviously

            With that done, many will switch browsers without a second thought.

  • Jamie

    The new navigation bar is in a terrible and inconvenient location. “it gives you more space at the top of the window” is not true at all. The space is the same at the top of the window, except now that space is empty.

    Now to change between the navigation tabs, I have to navigate all the way to the bottom (which is out of the way). What’s worse, the unused space at the top plus the new bar actually uses more space than before. Very bad design choice.

    Please give us an option to move the menu back to the top. It shouldn’t be that difficult.

  • Ser2k2

    Thanks for the improving and don’t forget to fix the problem with flash plug-in, it’s annoying.

  • Андрей

    does opera://flags/#enable-alt-high-dpi affect on something?

    • https://christoph142.wordpress.com/ Christoph142

      No. That switch isn’t functional anymore.

  • Shion

    Single question: why the bottom? I use “do not show big stupid search field at the top of speed dial” flag and I fail to understand your reasoning.

    • Nekomajin43

      Nobody understands.

  • [828586]

    Where’s changes I installed update the number changed, but I can’t find differences ?

  • Azik Huseynoff

    i m waiting opera sync

  • Dima S

    Now Opera will face huge targeting problems. Tech savvy or power users would probably switch to Vivaldi or already went to Firefox, while average users like myself, won’t see any reason to use Opera over Chrome (same CPU and memory usage, built-in translation, bookmarks manager and SYNC) or Safari (better battery life, new design, iCloud sync etc). That’s sad.

    • http://eser.ozvataf.com/ Eser Ozvataf

      they turn their backs to power users at first place and said that it was a decision 😉 another sad thing is their fans were the only thing opera and they managed to lose them.

      • Patata

        Indeed, they already stated a long time ago that they don’t care about those “power users” anymore

  • Skyryvet

    I liked the previous Start page with squared Speed Dial tabs. They should give the option to switch it like they did before.

  • Azik Huseynoff

    i m waiting opera sync

  • Azik Huseynoff

    opera sync very badddd

    • https://christoph142.wordpress.com/ Christoph142

      opera sync not ready yetttt

      • Wraith

        I would like to see a few comments about sync development, until now we have only partial sync, this is a very important feature.

        • https://christoph142.wordpress.com/ Christoph142

          I guess this is as much as we get right now: http://www.opera.com/help/account

          • Wraith

            Oh Thanks but that´s not what I meant, what I really want to know is if we would have full sync soon, has passed a long time since the last time you announced something related to sync.

          • https://christoph142.wordpress.com/ Christoph142
  • https://twitter.com/ResnicksCity Resnick Flores

    *sigh* It’s sad to see how you are bringing down such a good browser by making arbitrary decisions on what users may like. I hope you are reading what a lot of people are saying. Why would we need a horizontal bar when most people use widescreen monitors nowadays?

    Seriously, Opera Team, I’ve supported a lot of changes you’ve made but seeing how slow the development is going, I might just go: http://i.imgur.com/njhkm8R.gif (had enough)

    One more thing… Brace yourselves, Vivaldi is coming.

    • Skyryvet

      I’m hearing Vivaldi a lot today. Why? Why is it a big thing?
      I just know it’s head is the Opera’s former CEO.

      They messed up the start page like you said…. I kinda like the previous one. It looked very good and different from other browsers.

      • Starlight

        He was not only involved and later the president of Opera, he was together with Geir Ivarsøy the founder of Opera Software ASA.

        With Vivaldi he and former Opera employess will work on a browser, which depends on its community wishes and lot of Opera fans hope that Vivaldi will be a worthy successor of Opera-Presto.

        Opera blink is nice, but the problem is: not unique and special.

      • NIBB

        Its the guy that made Opera what Opera browser was in the past. Innovation and quality. Making browsing fun.

        He left the company when Opera decided to change its business strategy from a software company to a marketing company. Opera changed to Blink shortly after he left and the rest we already know.

        Most of the old Opera guys are going to go to his company, probably, soon. Then Opera as a company will be sold or die. Or maybe even the Vivaldi guys end up buying the trademark. You can clearly see and feel when a company starts to go downhill, similar to Nokia and other companies which lost to smarter guys.

        Don’t work harder, work smarter.

    • nicks

      Agreed, sorry to say this but the Opera team working too slowly and too slow you bring a new / old things to your browser, you have so many developers hm in two or more countries?! And we see sometimes one/two changes or few fixes in changelog. This is really ridiculous.

      • Herr Pietrus

        That’s right. They don’t develop the engine but they can’t polish some stupid things for a couple of months. Many people try to be forgiving, but when you see something like Vivaldi concept, it’s getting harder and harder… 🙁

  • http://kidalt.tk/ dizzykei

    After Vivaldi got first stable release, it would be a nice time to switch from Opera. 27 is nice, but even a technical preview provide more options than it.

  • Nekomajin43

    Oh guys, such a bad day you’ve chosen to release the new version…

  • Shion

    On the other hand, maybe it all was planned. This whole year of mostly useless updates and +1 major versions… It all was for Vivaldi browser’s sake. It is also based on Chromium so all data and extensions would apply there too. Eventually..

    • kokolo5

      First I thought it should pull a little bit of the attention from Vivaldi away. But for that it have been needed a thick and rich Opera developer which bleeded due to many new features.

      This kind of release had the opposite effect.

      So maybe it was planned, because the developers know that someday Vivaldi Technologies will be their employer ^^ It will be maybe a natural transition. But there is also certainly friendly respect.

      I must say Vivaldi Browser looks great, it’s a preview version , but i’m excited. Good and athletic competition will be good for all of us, developer, Opera, Vivaldi, the Chromium Project and us the consumers.

  • Pauli Megela

    Is it possible to put navigation bar on a left side ?

    • L33t4opera

      Hi, yep, please have a look here.

  • Nick

    How to rollback to Opera 26 (without losing personal stuff)?

    • Hecc-MA

      You can’t.

    • https://christoph142.wordpress.com/ Christoph142

      Just install the older version on top of it. I don’t think there were any major changes. Backup your profile just in case.

      • Nick

        The profiles don’t match up. So I guess I’m stuck on 27 🙂

  • Ciarán O’Sullivan

    I have been following this blog since the death of Opera and version 12. As of today I will never read this blog again. Goodbye Opera, you did it to yourself.

  • Ariesk47

    The new Vivaldi browser looks very nice and promising. It “feels” like a classic Opera browser. Not just a re skinned Google Chrome like the current Opera.

  • http://codersclub.org/ kaaleth

    No modern homepage? Opera, why…?

  • oCircuit
    • Leonardo Gomes

      This is not what the article says.

  • dflyra

    I said id before and I’ll say it again: I hate the new (old) speed dial, I hate the horizontal bookmarks/sd/discover bar, it takes valuable space and it’s looking bad. I tried to switch to the experimental start page and the ominous blur reappeared (as in previous developer & beta versions). Why are you trying to destroy something really good with no apparent reason – is there anyone who likes this new (old & outdated) looks?

  • g3v

    If i worked for Opera desktop team, i would be sh***ing bricks right now. Vivaldi TP has tons of more features than current Opera and we’ve all been hearing good things about Microsoft’s new Spartan browser.

    I just don’t think there’s anymore room for a Chrome clone with few bells and whistles. Many, many tech savvy’s/power users have migrated to other browsers already, those who are loyal enough to stay, grow impatient day by day because of waiting for a features which may never come.

    So my question is, what’s left for Opera? People who like Chromium looks and feel, well rather install Chrome with few extensions than Opera. Tech savvy’s/power users seems like lost cause, because there are browsers with a lot more bells and whistles.

    Sure there are people who like the new Opera, but is that enough to drive on?

  • Alexander

    Leave VIVALDI where it belongs – in the past! Together with O12…

    O 27 – is almost best browser.

    • MadEddy

      More choice is always great. Enjoy opera, I guess.

    • Ехидный колобок

      >almost best

      and what is best?

      • Alexander

        O 29 should be!

        • Ехидный колобок

          man y u liking ur own comments? lol

          • Alexander

            Of course! Promotion – is everything in our world)

    • Ехидный колобок

      oh and newer != better

      • Alexander

        You’re such an investigator) send your CV to Vivaldi team)..

        They have 15 designers, 5 developers, 3 house managers and now they can get just a clever man))

        • Ехидный колобок

          I wanna buy Opera company and make them developing Presto back

          • Alexander

            I am a realist) with a market share of 2% – development of own engine – is not possible..

            After switching IE to webkit engine (IE Spartan), actually webkit – will become the standard in the industry.

          • Ехидный колобок

            As i know Spartan has Trident engine isn’t it?

          • Alexander

            No, anandtech tested preview version..and last IE identifies itself as chrome/ webkit…

          • pekikuubik

            Spartan’s engine, called EdgeHTML, is a fork of Trident. All that BS in the user agent string is there for compatibility with the modern web, where every site caters to WebKit/Blink and Gecko.

            Basically, the user agent string is meaningless at this point.

          • ruduh

            Inside Microsoft’s New Rendering Engine For The “Project Spartan” by Jacob Rossi, the senior engineer at Microsoft’s web platform team:
            http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2015/01/26/inside-microsofts-new-rendering-engine-project-spartan/

          • Alexander

            Yes, I was wrong..
            EdgeHTML will be the next engine for IE.

          • Lacedaemon

            Wrong, it just disguises itself, get your facts straight first.

        • oCircuit

          Since when do you use Opera ? I mean, Opera blink is an okay browser – the last version was very pretty from the visual standpoint. But Opera has no uniqueness, that’s the problem.

          And 15 designers, 5 developers, 3 house managers is a compliment, because even the tech preview which was created by a small group has more features then Opera blink.

          Do you know what Vivaldi is ? Opera has roots from Vivaldi ( Jon Tzechner ) and Vivaldi has roots from Opera (: But the other browser is the evolution.

          I have a feeling that there will be a scepter surrender at the throne of innovator. So no hostility. Opera is going an another way – they focusing and earn their money increasingly outside of the browser market.

  • Dario

    “Generic” previews in quick access are not working anymore! It was a great feature of release 26, please insert it back!

  • Herr Pietrus

    “We have played with many concepts, and today’s released navigation bar is the best option. You always know where you are, it gives you more space at the top of the window, ”

    It isn’t funny, and you know that!
    it consumes more space, because:
    a) labels are beneath the icons
    b) on the top of the window we’ve got wasted space, previously occupied by the buttons! For God’s sake, how can you not see it?!

    It’s not funny…

  • Shadess

    Bookmark managers performance is still horrible when you have more than a couple bookmarks.

    • http://www.opera.com Zhenis Beisekov

      What exactly is slow? Loading time? Operating them? How does it work in list view?

      • Ехидный колобок

        Женис, сколько стоит компания Опера Софтваре? (примерно)

        • http://www.opera.com Zhenis Beisekov

          English please. It is public company, so you can try your cash on Norwegian Stock Exchange http://www.bloomberg.com/quote/OPERA:NO

        • Dima S

          Opera’s Market Cap is around 15bln NOKs, which is slightly below 2bln USD.

      • Shadess

        Opening the manager, populating the page takes much longer than it should. Tried just now and for me takes 6s+. Operating is also slow, scrolling down the list is jittery. This on list view, SSD and plenty of ram.

  • http://mustafahasturk.com Mustafa Hastürk

    We are moving Vivaldi Browser
    http://vivaldi.com

    • http://www.opera.com Zhenis Beisekov

      Hi @muhasturk:disqus,
      You know. It is 2015, browsers are free. It is good to have more choices.

      • Ехидный колобок

        And almost every your choice is based on Google’s product. Nice choices

        • https://christoph142.wordpress.com/ Christoph142

          Being based on an open-source engine that is powered and used by a large amount of people is nothing bad at all.

          • Ехидный колобок

            “open-source”, “open-source”…

            You are repeating it every time but in reality all chromium-based “browsers” are Google slaves. Google can stop doing chromium and in this moment all of these “browsers” will lost their engines and the only browser will be… Google Chrome! (dream of idiots)

            Using chromium is a massive vassalage from Google.

          • NIBB

            On part you are right. Google’s open source is similar to Android (which is closed doors) and Google can decide what to make into the mainstream software and what not. Google actually never open sources its products that make them real money, they are all very secret and closed and run only in their own hardware. Google just uses open source as marketing.

            But on the other part you are wrong. If Google decides to close it or stop it, then Opera and all other Chromium based browsers will fork it. This means they are going to get together and continue on their own without Google.

            Its to late for Google to pull that off. There are too many Chromium based browsers and nothing stops someone from forking it, just like Webkit was initially based from KHTML.

            So it was like this so far:
            KHTML became Webkit, which was mainly developed by Apple, then Google also started to use Webkit, then created Blink out of it.

            Nothing stops others forking Blink and continue without Google.

          • ruduh

            It’s powered by Google(the “boos” of internet) and Chrome is the worst spyware in the world that track “every step” in your virtual life. Chromium was an unknown browser on Windows ambient until Google took its development and by INTENSIFIED MARKET CAMPAIGN could spread the false idea that it was the best option of a browser. Unfortunately, many people believed this lie and also unfortunately browsers Chromium-based is becoming the internet standart.

          • https://christoph142.wordpress.com/ Christoph142

            Oh boy, read up the facts before you start blubbering, please.

          • Ехидный колобок

            >Oh boy

            Oh goy

    • ayespy

      Holykrap. It’s already more of what I have been waiting for than any other browser.

      I mean…

      Damn.

  • icetom

    So basically everyone who tested the dev version told you NOT to place the new bar at the bottom.

    And what do you do? Place it at the bottom in your official release.
    Facepalm. maybe time to stop wasting my time here giving feedback when you always do the opposite of what the people here suggest.

    • http://www.opera.com Zhenis Beisekov

      I know that we are getting through difficult times in our relationship, but my therapist keeps saying that you should avoid saying ‘always’. Sorry, just kidding 🙂

      The side didn’t work for many languages. Top didn’t work well for bookmarks and Discover panels.

      • icetom

        “Top didn’t work well for bookmarks and Discover panels.”

        who is to judge that? You?
        It worked well for me, and i dont want discover, its bloatware for me – as a sidenote.

        • http://www.opera.com Zhenis Beisekov

          There are millions of our users who use Discover daily, so I should consider them as well.

          • icetom

            “there are millions…who” and there lies Operas problem with this feedback blog. You always come back to prove your point /judge our feedback worthless with “anonymous million users”.

          • Patata

            Yes… that makes me wonder why to keep the Desktop Team Blog anyway…

          • Jamie

            I’m a Discover user, and I still want the tabs back on top (or even the side, anywhere that isn’t on the bottom).

          • Patata

            So just shut down this damn blog and listen to your “millions of users” you always keep talking about. This blog became a bad joke already. If you don’t want our feedback, stop asking for it!

          • Patata

            “We make a lot of money with payed content like Discover, so we don’t care what you think about it, basta!” *fixed that for you 😉

          • Apocalypse

            Milions users give u a feedback? Why u people ask us ando dont listen when we answer?

          • Fajar Vashra

            and I never use it since it came….who…are you reading it..or are you sleep n dreaming….wakey waky guys…

          • Elenor

            Haha, the silent millions again! You’re are cracking me up! 😀

      • Jamie

        Tabs for navigation are located at the top of browsers and programs, that’s a pretty standard convention. Placement on the bottom wastes a lot of space, especially on laptops. On my huge desktop monitor, it’s a long way from the address bar to the discover tab now. I used to frequent the discover tab, but I don’t see using it very much now that it’s so inconvenient to reach.

        There’s ample space at the top of bookmarks (and discover/speedial) to fit the menu at the top (the space is just empty now).

        After all, wasn’t Opera the first one to move tabs to the top of the browser? I think Opera is bright enough to make it work!

        • Nekomajin43

          This comment should be highlighted under the post. Just saying.

      • Nekomajin43

        Oh please, show us a screenshot about this didn’t work stuff. It must be a joke. And another joke is that I can’t use it on the left because it looks bad for some other guy. I don’t care.

        • Herr Pietrus

          actually, on the left it can look really bad because there are also labels under the icons. And in different languages they can have very different length.
          So that can be true… And don’t forget about folders tree on the same side…

          but fortunately now we have a lot more space on the top! – which can’t be used…

          • Nekomajin43

            Every language has synonyms. The translators have to solve this problem.

          • Herr Pietrus

            Can’t agree with that. For example – cards and tabs can be considered as synonyms, but… sometimes you must be precise. And sometimes there are no good synonyms, and translation is too long. But i know- there cane be only icons with pop-up’s…

          • Rafael Luik

            Those icons didn’t even need a tag, just give them a tooltip and it’s done, no issues fitting different language! Or can’t they make intuitive enough icons? Unless “Opera” is talking about RTL languages’ users heatmaps experiments (I doubt). cc/ @Nekomajin43:disqus @zhenisbeisekov:disqus

          • plague

            Vivaldi did exactly that, tooltips.
            Their sidebar can be placed on any edge: top, bottom, left or right.
            Simple, functional, quality. Oh wait, wasn’t that what Opera claimed they were all about?

      • plague

        You just hate choice, don’t you?
        Make it configurable for gods sake! (four simple radio buttons: top, bottom, left, right).
        It’s not that difficult and it won’t destroy your quest for “simplicity”.

        • Leonardo Gomes

          It’s also not that simple.

          • plague

            Yes it is. It really is. Or atleast is really should be.
            There is absolutely no reason why it cannot be done, except for stubbornness. Vivaldi did it on their very first preview release. It _really_ is no big deal.
            Opera already stated that they’ve tested on all four edges, which means they have the code for it already.
            Also, that navigation panel is likely made with html, javascript and/or css, not C++ (if my memory serves me correctly, they’ve stated that their internal pages and configuration interface is made in html). Which means it’s even easier to put it anywhere you want.
            I’m a web application developer. Things like that are part of what I do for a living. It really is “that simple”.

          • Leonardo Gomes

            Well, if you think this is that easy, why don’t you apply for a job and help them? http://www.operasoftware.com/company/jobs/list?dept=1&location=all

          • Lacedaemon

            You use that argument every time to prove your fanboy devotion. Stop doing that it’s really ridiculous. Also so that you know, it’s not a matter of help at all, he must apply for CEO instead, because it is not a matter of skill but rather of direction.

          • Leonardo Gomes

            In fact, it’s the second time i use it. 🙂

          • plague

            I would, but I currently enjoy my existing job and I don’t want to move to Norway or Poland.
            But that doesn’t make my argument any less valid. It’s a trivial thing to implement, they just don’t want to.

          • Vux777

            lemme guess…
            you maintaining the Gibson?

          • plague

            No?
            I’m developing administration software for a couple of record labels and I’ve developed statistics software for a cement producer.
            What do you do??

      • Apocalypse

        Why u just dont add option to choose where user want to place it?

  • Zbigniew Zibi Rzepka

    Has metro mode (or tiles) on speed dial been removed? I got used to these small but infomative icons, and it’s hard to switch back to bunky previews that take a lot of space.

    • http://www.opera.com Zhenis Beisekov

      We turned off mostly because of the feedback from this blog and social media, which complained a lot about the same looking tiles from the same domain.

      For the time we are cooking new version, I would suggest you to change ‘Use big Speed Dial thumbnails’ in the advanced settings.

      • loxiw

        Will you then consider taking back to the left the navbar? I mean… everyone is complaining about the change XDD

        I can’t believe you really prefer it down there

    • Nekomajin43

      The thumbnail/icon select option from bookmarks is coming to the speed dial.

  • muratservan

    I’ll wait until the next release and I’ll probably move on to Firefox and Vivaldi. Thanks Opera for being more than a browser and then ruining yourself after all.

  • kereril

    how to remove the Navigation bar?

    • icetom

      i dont know if we can completely remove it.
      you can move it back to top however.
      How to move the navigation bar back on top:
      in opera:flags find
      WebUI navigation bar
      and deactivate

      • kereril

        thank you

  • Izer0

    “it gives you more space at the top” … and what about the lots of lots of space on left or right?? Why you Opera guys want from us to moves mouse on entire screen searching icons somewhere at bottom?? If there was left side bar, why you do not give us option to select out preference to left or bottom? You have code for both, so where is the problem??? I don’t understand this Opera guys.

    • Nekomajin43

      +1

  • Izer0

    And still no configurable size of thumbnails? That is big problem to add one option to settings? You are using core from Chrome, so lot of work is done by others, but you do less than old Opera team that writing his own core – Presto. That’s my view 🙁

    • L33t4opera

      And still no configurable size of thumbnails?

      Hi Nanit76, how’re you, all good? You can change it, just have a look here 😉

      • Izer0

        Hi my friend, I am good, life is too short to be angry 🙂 How about you? I am speaking about size of preview thumbnails, not speeddial 😉

        • L33t4opera

          Nice to hear that, my friend, it’s really good attitude 😉
          All fine, thank you. Oh, it looked like a problem with changing the size of the items on the Speed Dial page, sorry 😛

  • hmmm

    How can i hide Navigation Bar?

  • Paul Browne

    I’d just like to echo all the other users who have brought up the arbitrary way this “update” has been forced upon us. You never asked, but as it happens I do not want my browser to look like a smart phone and I do not want an ugly toolbar (which does very little for the room it demands)across the bottom of my speed dial.
    Stop forcing aesthetic changes upon us and start actually improving things like how Opera interacts with Youtube (which right now is as and when it feels like it). That might be a tad more useful than colouring in on the start page

  • icetom

    How to move the navigation bar back to the top:
    in opera:flags find
    WebUI navigation bar
    and deactivate .

    • https://myspace.com/bluezzbastardzz Hans-Jürgen Bardenhagen

      Thanks for the tip. Is there a way to get rid of the three useless icons on top of the Speed Dial, too? We already have Speed Dial in Speed Dial (d’oh!), and Bookmarks and Discover can be found in the Opera dropdown menu which is enough for me.

  • Molendus1001

    Please add the old look of the dialer

    • http://gwendragon.de/ GwenDragon

      Open opera://flags/#experimental-start-page
      Set to Activate
      Restart Opera

      • Molendus1001

        Thanks 🙂

  • András Ács

    Thanks for the relase!

    On Linux, tab close buttons don’t have a pressed state (since ~v26? can’t remember). Is this known? Feels so bad that I reflexively avoid clicking them, even in other browsers.

  • Herr Pietrus

    Well, today I realized that I’m waiting not only for the Vivaldi (it’s future shape is still uncertain) but first of all – for the Spartan! 🙁
    As someone said before – so many feedback to finally see that ridiculous bar on the bottom… Perhaps after a couple of months of whining they will change that as they changed the modern SD… but it’s not good, not fair and it doesn’t prove the respect for the users…

    • Patata

      Face the facts, they don’t care about our feedback at all, cause they will always come up with their “millions of users” argumentation.

  • Matthias S.

    Is there finally a function to sync bookmarks with opera mobile?

  • kapsi

    Now I gotta move the cursor to the bottom of the page to click on “bookmarks”…another nail in the coffin for these useless bookmarks.

  • Mpytyu

    Why doesn’t flat bookmark in the new opera?

  • Velisariy

    Давно такого “стабильного” релиза не встречал. Developer Tools в отдельном окне – вылетает весь браузер. Scrollbars – исчезают при переходе между вкладками Экспресс-панели, что это такое? http://prntscr.com/5xu0sf Версия не достойна быть релизом.
    /* edited*/
    Правая кнопка мыши не работает в адресной строке

  • Velisariy

    Да даже чтобы удалить закладку приходится в панель закладок заходить. Неужто нельзя добавить одну чертову кнопку “Удалить” в это ваше сердечко?

    • Zik

      В 28й версии это сделали, имей терпение.

      • Velisariy

        Спасибо за хорошую новость. Но вот то что Developer Tools вылетает – пока думаю как починить без отката на старую версию

    • Hecc-MA

      I agree completely!

      🙂

  • vidajuridica

    TAB STACKING ASK FOR IT SINCE THE OPERA BECAME CHROME CLONE. THANKS VIVALDI!

  • https://vivaldi.net/unity/profile/chas4/6-blog Chas4

    Strange auto update, as it did not prompt me to install the update, it just restarted on its own

  • ktxgio

    Is possible to put bookmarks button near or in the address bar? if I have a tab opened and want to go on a preferred site that is in bookmark menu, why I have to close the tab to access to navigation bar and then into bookmarks?
    bookmarks now are uncomfortable!
    excuse me for my bad english

  • MMD

    Well Guys, I’ve already left opera 26 and went for chrome! Because they’re not making opera any better, But made it even worse! you know when I updated my Opera 12.16 to newer version, I thought I was working with a mere “Chrome Theme”, And what even worse is that it has MAJOR flaws! and I’m juz checking new opera version for a simple SYNC! c’mon guys! It’s really a shame for us! who really LOVED Opera 12.16 and it’s extremely fabulous features, New opera is juz same as Chrome in CPU memory usage, new tab function, any way you name it! it’s just a mere faulty theme of chrome! I cant believe you’re ruining it! SHARE BOOKMARKS? WHO the hell does that? I’m really disappointed from opera EVEN MORE!

  • nmt1900

    What’s the use of “Warn about Flash Player update” flag? It is supposed to notify about Pepper plugin update, but there’s no way to update it separately…

    • Leonardo Gomes

      Afaik it warns you about a new update so you can download the new version on adobe’s site.

  • Michael

    i hope to see the good old click-tab-to-minimize feature again. so handy for cycling through tabs in mru-order with just the mouse. will that happen anytime soon with the ‘new’ opera?

  • Francky3084

    Goodbye Opera ! Started with your beautiful 6.x version, spent years and years until V12 … Time to move on … Welcome Vivaldi, the true Opera browser.

  • Aleksey Vakulich

    Why don’t you add recently closed tabs button (trash bin) instead of this BS tab preview button?
    Tab stacking – is this too much to ask?
    In previous version you brought in “experimental” speed dial which i grew to like and now i have to search for a way to turn it back in.
    Having customizable themes (not just backgrounds) seems like distant future in “new” Opera – maybe it will be implemented in Opera 50, i dunno.
    I liked the window pop-in in Presto Opera before downloading something, where you could choose what to do with the file you’re downloading and, yeah, you could see the SIZE OF IT.
    No bottom status bar with the ability to zoom in the page ( i have to install extension to zoom in without going to menu, yes i don’t like using keyboard)
    Awful page scrolling (extension again is the answer)
    New private window, but no new private tab?
    Flash player plug-in error.
    My point is – you shouldn’t rely on extensions so much, extensions should be used for some sites like twitter, facebook, youtube, etc, but not for making the browser somewhat usable.

    I’ve been Opera user for more than a decade now (remember Opera being first to introduce tabs and speed dial), jumped from Opera 12 to 26 to see a step forward, but instead of it I saw two steps backwards.

    The only good and promising thing I saw here is the post promoting Vivaldi browser. I think I’ll wait for it to become stable and I’ll make it my primary browser/

    Sry, for my bad English

    • Rômulo

      Ohh your comment makes me remember how much I liked the download window of the old opera, I could even open the file without save it and see the size of it. And yes, a button showing the tabs that I already can see open it’s just space lost, a trash button for tabs would be better.

    • Lacedaemon

      Why don’t you add recently closed tabs button (trash bin) instead of this BS tab preview button?

      – Vivaldi browser

      Tab stacking – is this too much to ask?

      – Vivaldi browser

      I liked the window pop-in in Presto Opera before downloading something, where you could choose what to do with the file you’re downloading and, yeah, you could see the SIZE OF IT.

      – Vivaldi browser

      No bottom status bar with the ability to zoom in the page ( i have to install extension to zoom in without going to menu, yes i don’t like using keyboard)

      – Vivaldi browser

      My point is – you shouldn’t rely on extensions so much, extensions should be used for some sites like twitter, facebook, youtube, etc, but not for making the browser somewhat usable.

      – Vivaldi browser

      I’ve been Opera user for more than a decade now (remember Opera being first to introduce tabs and speed dial), jumped from Opera 12 to 26 to see a step forward, but instead of it I saw two steps backwards.
      The only good and promising thing I saw here is the post promoting Vivaldi browser. I think I’ll wait for it to become stable and I’ll make it my primary browser/

      -What many people here will do. It’s been almost 2 years without any real progression.

  • Felipe Gomes

    The speed dial was more elegant in version 26, it would be good, give the option to the user to choose between speed dial with the bar on the left side or the bar at the bottom.

    • Felipe Gomes

      opera://flags/#experimental-start-page

  • PaulC

    Speed DIal seems to have reverted back to using mini screen shots of the websites – this looks a mess and I would prefer it if it had the same clean “ICON” feel as the previous release. Is this possible?

    • feamoignargfaionakfj9ajfopamjv

      opera://flags/#experimental-start-page

      • PaulC

        Great – thank you

  • http://www.dailymotion.com/playlists/user/serialmania/1 Serialmania

    I’m a bit disappointed. It still has page compatibility issues on some websites….

  • beBoss

    Stable? Are you serious? Flash suc*s…. Watching on-line tv on full-screen and the picture is the same size before the full-screen filled with black colour. Sorry, but this is an issue from 4 or 5 ver of dev release. When it will be fixed? I’m asking this question on every release, no answer and no fix….. I will try VIVALDI….

  • http://mustafahasturk.com Mustafa Hastürk

    How can I access Opera internal pages like Chrome’s chrome://chrome-urls and Firefox’s about:about?

    • Lacedaemon

      I don’t have Chrome or Firefox installed right now but maybe
      opera://net-internals is what you are looking for?

      • http://mustafahasturk.com Mustafa Hastürk

        No, it is only instance of internal commands. I need a list of internal opera commands starts opera://

        • Leonardo Gomes

          There isn’t one afaik. You can open chrome://chrome-urls (in Chrome), copy each link and see if they work in Opera.

          • http://mustafahasturk.com Mustafa Hastürk

            I know manuel way. I need exact way.

    • ruduh

      Install extension ‘opera internal pages’ and see by yourself – https://addons.opera.com/pt-br/extensions/details/opera-internal-pages/?display=en

      • Lacedaemon

        This doesn’t have everything though, it’s missing opera://net-installer, opera://browserjs, opera://tracing , opera://view-http-cache.

  • http://eliotime.com/ eliotime3000

    This Speed Dial design is more comfortable than the previous alternative version.

  • Dark Magician

    Well this is interesting, Vivaldi is your competition now.
    And while it is just Tech Preview, they have Open for downloading files, and a simple trash bin Opera used to have for recently opened tabs.
    We asked for this ages ago.

    • Herr Pietrus

      You don’t understand, it’s impossible to implement all these features when you use Blin… oh, wait!
      Personally I got used to the new downloads philosophy (but it is still annoying) but trash was a great feature…. instead of it we’ve got doubled tab bar…

      And you know what? If they hadn’t added that stupid bottom toolbar I wouldn’t grumble so much abut their work. But they not only don’t want to make Opera better but also spoil those things that were good.

      • ultraviolet

        “You don’t understand, it’s impossible to implement all these features when you use Blin… oh, wait!”

        classic!

        • Herr Pietrus

          Ok, to be fair, as far as I know vivaldi’s devs had to use some “magic” because native sidepanels support is still under consideration by chromium authors… But let’s forgot about them. If small studio was able to use the magic, Opera could at least bring us some “standard” features requested by the community, not spoil the SD again, especially that the new one is under development, and not spend last couple of months on designing two stupid pages, one of which was implemented in the same shape in Chrome… :/

          • Vux777

            because native sidepanels support is still under consideration by chromium authors.

            there was sidepanel in chrome experimental feature long time ago, but it was abandoned
            are you talking about that or something else?

        • Rafael Luik

          Opera never affirmed something like that cc/ @herrpietrus:disqus

  • Patata

    Opera 27, the release (almost) no one cares about 😀 (ok at least Opera ASA got their silent “millions of people who are using Opera” ;P

    They clearly underestimate the users who give feedback on this blogs and their importance. Opera isn’t Google or Microsoft, they don’t have the ability nor power to market their browser the way the big players in the market can. They are dependent on mouth propaganda, on people telling others about their product. These are the people who are actively following the browser development and who give you feedback on this blog. Yet you tell them again and again that you don’t care much about what they think and what. Why should they keep recommend your product and not warn others to use it instead?

  • ayespy

    Two technical previews in one week – I loaded Win10 technical preview on my crappiest oldest laptop and it completely rejuvenated it, and now Vivaldi TP.

    This latter is an extremely promising launch – it will give Opera some much-needed competition in the power-user market. It’s not quite ready for prime time, but, man alive, it’s coming right out of the gate with stuff I’ve been DYING to have to facilitate my work flow (visual side tabs, etc.) and have been nagging for here, ever since Opera 15.

    Otter Browser, which promised to be the “new” Opera 12, has struggled to leave the runway. Vivaldi on the other hand, entered a power climb from day one.

    So OK, devs, you have some REAL competition, and I really hope you take due notice. I was worried about Spartan possibly stealing Opera’s thunder, but I need not have. I never saw Vivaldi coming, but it’s a pleasant surprise. It’s got some real glitches, but it’s also got a dynamite team. I really look forward to the race between it and my long-favorite brand.

    • Wraith

      Indeed a nice surprise, today I tried Vivaldi and oh man has all those features and is just a technical preview, I will have an eye on it from now on.

    • Herr Pietrus

      The only question is – does Opera want to take part in this race?
      BTW – Spartan becomes more and more interesting. If it supports Chrome extensions I will switch to it as soon as I purchase Windows 10 (i hope it will be better than thi horrible Win 8 :/). Trident iis a really good engine.

      • icetom

        especially the read mode of Spartan which aggregates the content for easy reading – and hides all the ads and clutter – is very interesting. First speed tests show that is a very fast browser

      • ayespy

        Well, I have some good news and some bad news. First Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for most owners of Win 7, 8, 8.1. Second, you can join up as a Windows “insider” and download and begin testing it now on most any Win 7 or 8 machine. Third, Vivaldi (not Spartan) will be supporting Chrome and probably Opera extensions.

        The “bad” news is that we have to remember that it took Jon a year and a half – just a month less than how long it’s been since we first tasted Opera 15, to release Vivaldi in its current state, which is in many ways much less mature than Opera. So it’s not as though this “race” will be conducted at any kind of blazing speed. Development of a competent browser seems to take years, not weeks.

        • Herr Pietrus

          Right, I forgot about the free update, but as an owner of Win 7 OEM I’m still not so sure about that “free” and I’m still not sure whether I will want to get that update or Win 10 will be another crappy OS and I will be forced to use it only when all computer games switch to DirectX 12…
          But of course you’re right about the Vivaldi – it still has a long way to go, so I’ve focused on Spartan.

          • ayespy

            So far, Win10 TP is the best OS I have ever used. Slim, fast, capable, un-cluttered, lighter on resources and better memory management (and the OS file itself is smaller) than Vista, 7 or 8.

            My impression is that MS wants to streamline everything about their support operation – both by reducing the number of versions they have to worry about, and by reducing the complexity and bloat of the OS. If you’re an OEM owner, I can’t imagine you won’t get a free upgrade.

          • NIBB

            Agree, Windows 10 is really amazing so far.

      • NIBB

        Windows 10 is amazing so far. They killed all the horrible Windows 8 things or made them optional. Its more like Windows 7 evolved and they are really listening to users feedback.

        By the way, you don’t need to purchase it. Windows 10 will be free for the first year, for everyone that is running Windows 7/8.

    • NIBB

      Except Opera does not want the power users anymore. Spartan looks nice, lets see and wait, but it will still be a few months before it arrives.

      I don’t think anyone saw Vivaldi coming. It took everyone by surprise. I can’t wait to see in 3 or 4 months how it evolves. Lets hope the don’t make the mistake Opera did and be slow, slow, slow with releases.

  • ruduh

    Shortcuts(icon or keyboard) for the Bookmark Manager always take me to the folder “Unsorted Bookmarks”, but my bookmarks are in “Bookmarks Bar” folder. Is there some way to go DIRECTLY where really are my bookmarks (in my case, Bookmarks Bar folder)? This issue is very annoying for me. 🙁

    • Lacedaemon

      I wouldn’t bet on it…

  • kitsura

    That’s it i’m sold on vivaldi. I’ve abandoned Opera ever since they went to chromium engine with basically lesser features than Chrome. After more than a year it is still not as feature complete as the old Presto based Opera so I don’t think i will be ever going back.

  • KJ

    Is there any chance to have Opera Link somewere in some Opera? Or is Opera going to be like any other browsers?

  • https://twitter.com/brianrusso80 Brian A. Russo

    The navigation bar in the Speed Dial doesn’t look very well on my computer 🙁 I don’t like it. The older version available in Opera 26 was best and the “New Speed Dial” was a perfect option than this new one, seems to be like a strange fusion. Is possible to create available an option in the future releases for those who want the “New speed dial” back? The tab preview function works fine and is helpful 🙂

  • http://zdenekvecera.cz/ Zdenek Vecera

    Hi, the last few weeks in the version of Opera 26 (and now Opera 27/28) there is a problem with displaying the search box, even if it is not displayed.

    It happens when it is turned on “Enable Advanced shortcuts”.

    1) Go to http://www.facebook.com
    2) Place the insertion point in the field, as if you wanted to comment on a Facebook post.
    3) Press the “dot” (.) or “slash” (/)
    4) Appear above the search box, even if it is not displayed.

    Thank You for fix this bug.

    • Helge Andre Gjølme

      Thanks, we have this logged internally as DNA-32278.

    • L33t4opera

      Hi Zdenek, in the meantime, if you want, then you can make the changes in the “Preferences” file, as shown below, and see if this helps 😉{
      "Keybindings": {
      "Advanced": {
      "Find": [ "Shift+OemSlash" ],
      "FindInline": [ "Shift+OemPeriod" ]
      },
      "Settings": {
      "AdvancedEnabled": true
      }
      },

  • caesar

    I feel sorry for the whole development team, but yeah opera needs many new things to make it stand out and stay on this browsers war.
    Especially because browser nowadays used chromium and interface are look-alike.
    Spartan is coming, Vivaldi is out now. Opera needs to make a BIG move ASAP

    • paor ludi

      Opera needs a new developing team

      • Daniel Carvalho

        Opera needs a new CEO that doesn’t screw things up!

  • Anthony

    Opera main page book mark design has suddenly changed and I hate it. If I use the old type page which is horrible looking, it’s fine, but with the new one, now all the folder icons are black and I have to open each damn folder to see what is in it. I changed to Opera due to the simplicity and ease of use, but this new change as of yesterday has me looking elsewhere again unfortunately. I wish you could fix this 🙁

  • Eric N

    Mostly BS changes in this release that has no real affect on productivity of the software. Start with adding tab control options that Tab Mix Plus provides for Firefox or even CoolNovo. I have to rely on extensions just to add option to force opening of the tabs to the background or not close the last tab on the browser. The “updated” speeddial is still so pathetic that I have to use SpeedDial 2 from a real developer. Why don’t you get back to developing what users loved about the original Opera and providing users a real option compared to generic Chrome. Its the flexibility which made Opera a superior browser, not these BS fancy useless crap.

  • Umid Sodikov

    I liked the design of new speed dial that was in Opera 26, without curves and without screenshots of a web page. It is a pity to see it being removed in Opera 27.

  • Carsten Kanstrup

    Where is the beautiful new speed dial page from Opera 26?

    In Opera 26, you could “flip the page” and chose the new, modern page design and get all quick buttons reduced to just a logo, if Opera could find it, or else just the URL on a colored background. Now Opera is back to the old, messy layout from Opera 26 where each button is just a miniature picture of the page. Also the selection between speed dial, bookmarks and discover is moved from the left side back to the bottom of the page, which does not work quite as good and does not fit with the graphical layout of the bookmark page.

    From these points of view, Opera 27 is a big step back from Opera 26.

    If you really want to make an improvement, show the simplified buttons, but change a button to a miniature picture when you hold/rest the mouse over that button.

  • F Scan

    Love the new Opera release, but it would be great to have a possibility to change the nav bar position (for example from bottom to the left side, like it was before), because it takes a serious ammount of space in my Speed dial, so i can’t see all of my web-sites and have to scroll down a little bit.

    P.S. already tried the Vivaldi release, but it is a bit unstable now (at least on my machine) so decided to stay on Opera)

    • oCircuit

      Vivaldi browser is in preview phase (;

      • F Scan

        I know, but i am using the WEB now, so just stayed on Opera)

  • icon67

    Re: Opera 27.0.1689.54 Stable
    I don’t like the speed dial/bookmarks/discover bar at the bottom of the screen, it takes up precious screen space. At least if it were under the address bar it would be less instrusive and it would be nice to choose whether to show it at all or not. Also in most browsers you are able to unselect a bookmark by clicking on the point that shows it is bookmarked but in Opera you can only uncheck it from Speed Dial and have to go into bookmarks to find it and delete, any plans to modify any of these things?

  • Carsten Kanstrup

    Where is the beautiful new speed dial page from Opera 26?

    In Opera 26, you could “flip the page” and chose the new, modern page design and get all quick buttons reduced to just a logo, if Opera could find it, or else just the URL on a colored background. Now Opera is back to the old, messy layout from Opera 26 where each button is just a miniature picture of the page. Also the selection between speed dial, bookmarks and discover is moved from the left side back to the bottom of the page, which does not work quite as good and does not fit with the graphical layout of the bookmark page.

    From these points of view, Opera 27 is a big step back from Opera 26.

    If you really want to make an improvement, show the simplified buttons, but change a button to a miniature picture when you hold/rest the mouse over that button.

  • iPristy

    If i ignore speed dial in total is actually not that bad. If new tab would open let’s say Google that would be perfect. I just use bookmarks bar…

  • Radekgfx

    It would be nice to have the possibility to bookmark the open PDF file. As far as I know, the only thing you can do is to bookmark the URL link that points to the PDF. It’s quite cumbersome way and you cannot chose into which file the URL link will be bookmarked.

  • https://myspace.com/bluezzbastardzz Hans-Jürgen Bardenhagen

    By the way, are there plans to temporarily hide the bookmarks bar and only show it when pointing the mouse to the top? That would be the best solution for my usage of bookmark folders, as I don’t need a constant bar all the time. Opening it from the dropdown Opera menu takes too long though, because I have to aim and navigate through several dropdown menus then to access the page I want.

  • sbs73000

    “We had a New Year’s resolution to work smart and hard…” Do you mean it was not the case before ?

    Nav bar at bottom and the waste of vertical space reminds me IE6 and its crap toolbars : in the middle of the UI, there’s a little space where you can see page content… Particulary obvious with Discover — and for those who have many SD.

    To be objective, at this time where everyone (I’m in) is very excited by Vivaldi, I must admit I’m quite satisfied with Opera. Ok, I had to install stupid extensions like better popup blocker or update watchdog to offset some failings, but I can accept that. What is bloody annoying, however, is the fact that after 12 versions, you still don’t know where you are going with your start page, with your bookmarks system…No real new features. What can we expect about future developpement when you’re always groping around with basic features ? This apparent lack of philosophy disturbs me more than the browser itself…

    But 2015 is the year of smartness… So, let’s hope !

  • Scribe_uk

    It just gets worse! I don’t know what it is with Opera and bookmarks – first they take them away altogether, and now the button has been moved to the bottom – ridiculous!!

    The only way I could use bookmarks in Opera now, would be if I put them all into a new folder on the bookmarks bar. But then it’s so much easier to use Firefox, which has a sensible button that can be placed anywhere on the toolbars.

    Very disappointing!

    • Herr Pietrus

      Or using extensions like neater bookmarks… but necessity of using extensions for such basic features…

  • András Ács

    re Vivaldi: tried it, said ‘nice I guess’ and proceeded to remove it.

    It really is just an Opera 12 clone with a flat theme. Even the name and the logo color shouts ‘clone’. It has the same problems with UI bloat as the old one: closing it was a relief. Also, in 2015, no word of a mobile version?

    There were some good ideas though, the tab stacking seemed better than the original, and also that you can create separate top-level speed dial groups.

    I wish for a bit more customizability, but photocopying Opera 12 is not the way IMO. I can see the appeal for some folks but it seems a pretty narrow target market.

    I like the current, lightweight and stable Opera, but it could use some boldness (and maybe a bit better UI/UX people… :ducks:). After the failed attempt at unifying/removing bookmarks, it seems that every bit of UI change is tried to be scientifically, statistically justified. Stats are important but there seems to be a missing ingredient.

    I don’t want to offend anyone and maybe it’s still early after the base engine is done. As I said I do like the current iteration, but the lack of direction can be clearly felt.

    • Lacedaemon

      You do realize Vivaldi is an early prototype, a Technical Preview as it is called?

      • András Ács

        I do, but don’t see how it relates to what I said. Regardless of maturity, it says “Hello World, I’m a clone.”

        • Herr Pietrus

          On the other hand, the same words new Opera says to us. Sure, Vivald’s flat theme is a really bad joke and generally our famous composer is only TP not suitable for use at the moment, but he shown us that Blink based web browser doesn’t have to be so simple and how much Opera devs are slow, stubborn and unimaginative sometimes or, if they try to be imaginative, they do terrible, stupid things, like removing bookmarks or creating space saving SD design…

          • András Ács

            Maybe it was not entirely clear that I was talking about Opera in the second half of the original comment.

    • kokolo5

      Jon loves to go in the Opera, you know to hear music. Vivaldi is good for the ears (; And he is the founder of Opera Software. Now he works with former Opera ASA employees + new talents.
      Do you understand the spirit, story and connection between behind that all? Without Jon there were no Opera and Vivaldi just carries the spirit from his original vision. it’s his right, because it was his baby too.
      It’s a natural process and only logical (; I can understand this.

      And when you are so hard to Vivaldi, then you must be fair and say that Opera blink is a clone of Chrome. The difference is only that Opera 12 is death and Chrome is more then just alive and with more features ( look at security settings ) and flies around the world with it’s simplicity ( nothing bad and and it is a good thing, yes that’s Chromes mission )

      Also it is an early preview, far away from perfect, but what it has already is this: CHARACTER (;

      Vivaldi will be not comparable to any other actual browser.

      And Opera ? We see. Competetion is always good (: But Opera needs an own and unique direction. When i looks at Microsofts new Spartan browser, i see they will born an browser which is also special and with own character. Why wee need 6 identical browsers with minimal deviations ?

      I wish Opera all the best, i like this Company and their story. But Vivaldi is a logical consequence to close the gap again.

  • Alex Sable

    I’ve already forgotten why I had uninstalled your f***ing ‘Pepper API Adobe Flash plug-in’ the previous time.. Now, after giving it another try, I remembered – it shows YouTube (and, probably, other) videos just as black rectangles – though with sound! How are users supposed to ‘actively migrate’ to it, tell me, guys?))))

  • darkflame

    Really liking this update, but looks like I’ll be giving Vivaldi a go.

    I’ll certainly keep an eye on Opera though – competition is good and I always try to go for the little guys. When theres two little guys though Im not going to forgive anything 🙂
    If it helps in a small way random features that will probably tempt me back to loyalty;

    1. Notes (Right Click “Save To Note” “Paste From Note”…was just crazy useful and so simple)
    2. Side Tabs (just better use of screen space when you use a widescreen and most websites are vertical)
    3. The ability to easily turn of javascript or other features on a per-webpage bases. Oddly I thought you had this, Chrome has it where the global icon is and it triggers a drop down.
    4. Live source code editing. REALLY usefull for website making to just type and hit preview.

    • Rômulo

      “Live source code editing. REALLY usefull for website making to just type and hit preview.”

      THIS

  • Jaime A.G.

    Opera just updated automatically to version 27, the new speed dial (more suited for Win 8/10 users) is gone, the old Vista-style is back which looks very out of place on my Win 8.1 machine. It will be back or it’s another IMPOSITION like the “64-bit only” on Linux?

    • L33t4opera

      Hi, if you only want to bring back the experimental start page, then please have a look here, and if you want to have the navigation bar placed vertically as well, then please see here.

      • Jaime A.G.

        Thanks! did it and got the faded out tiles problem, but I can live with that for a couple days until it gets sorted, hope it doesn’t get removed or the team is going to bring a better modern start page.

        • Guest

          Yeah – actually, it seems to be the only better thing that they really trying to do

  • Guest

    I have not seen shit bigger the more you will improve the worse. To the computer crashes and runs a very long time.

  • Toga

    Using Vivaldi here.
    It’s so good to be back afters those years. I had forget how much I missed it.

  • Vojtěch Nižňanský

    Why is ‘+’ a shortcut for zoom in and ‘-‘ shortcut for zoom out in Opera 27? It is really annoying since it zooms in and out the page while typing…

  • Sławomir Szewczyk

    When sync?

    • Leonardo Gomes

      opera://flags/#synch

      It works with bookmarks for now.

  • Skyryvet

    I hate the new speed dial. But I changed some settings and it looks a bit good now..

    For those who don’t like the new Start Page…

    1. Uncheck the Use big Speed Dial thumbnails in settings

    2. Set the Maximum no of columns to 9

    And this is how it looks http://i.imgur.com/jWqVy3Z.jpg

    My monitor res. is 1600*900

  • Guest
  • SebBot

    Wow! The new speed dial page looks just…………godawful!!!
    I dont get it. Why did you have to change something that worked well just for the sake of change? I can’t think of any reason why anyone would find the bottom placement better for the navigation bar.
    On a side note, folders in the new speed dial page appear greyed out. Do look into it.

  • https://vivaldi.net/unity/profile/chas4/6-blog Chas4

    PAPPI Flash Player seems the be laggy on streaming videos compared to NPAPI Flash Player on OS X (Seen on OS X 10.10.1 & the current OS X 10.10.2, and Opera 27)

    • https://myspace.com/bluezzbastardzz Hans-Jürgen Bardenhagen

      Noticed the same already when updating to the PP Flash plugin version some days ago on Windows XP. With the NP version Opera was a bit smoother when streaming Flash content, now it stutters, even with the sound. Testing with Firefox and its NP plugin streaming is smooth again.

      • https://vivaldi.net/unity/profile/chas4/6-blog Chas4

        Tho need to test with other browsers that have a Chromium base, Firefox doesn’t support PPAPI plug ins, disabled PPAPI Flash and tried NPAPI Flash and it is smooth, both plug ins are version
        16.0.0.296

        • https://myspace.com/bluezzbastardzz Hans-Jürgen Bardenhagen

          I understand what you mean, but on the other hand I think Opera should get it right with the Flash plugin that is supposed to be used now with v27. I just tested again with a Last.fm radio station which plays embedded YouTube videos, and the performance reminded me of the very old days with a pre-Pentium computer (now either a Pentium M 1.8 GHz or a Pentium IV 1.7 GHz).

    • Helder

      Yeah, having the same problem on Windows, its just impossible to watch 1080p videos on Opera here. Any other browser works just fine (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome).

  • http://www.dailymotion.com/playlists/user/serialmania/1 Serialmania

    I’m not complaining about the new speed dial page looks. I like changes once in a while. But the performance overall seems like it took a dip. It’s a bit slow and laggy now. I tried browsing with other browsers and no problem with the others. Please fix it…

  • Marek Babinčák

    Why you can’t make tab preview with just hovering mouse over tab? Making another wasteful click for preview is weird.

    • Vux777

      …but tab preview IS on mouse hover.

      • Marek Babinčák

        You both didn’t understand me :). I meant hovering mouse over tab on tab bar. Not when I click that button in right corner of window.

        • Vux777

          yea, we did 🙂
          You probably didn’t enabled tab preview in settings… I think it’s unchecked by default in last couple of builds

          • Marek Babinčák

            Aaaaaa, for god sake I’m blind. I’ve got it now, thanks :). Then sorry for my faults :).

        • L33t4opera

          Vux777 is right, it’s not enabled by default, go to Settings (Alt+P) > User interface, and tick the checkbox on the left of the “Show tab previews” option.

    • L33t4opera

      Hi, it seems, that the default value of the delay, is too high for you, and in that case, you can change it to e.g. 200 – please have a look here 😉

  • Lacedaemon

    Peacekeeper benchmark:

    Vivaldi: 3971 points
    Opera 28: 3379 points

    http://s28.postimg.org/kzsks8kct/vvso.png

    • Skyryvet

      That pic shows Chrome, not Vivaldi

      • Sidney Moraes

        Check the user agent, it is Vivaldi

        • Skyryvet

          I don’t understand. Care to explain?

          • Lacedaemon
          • Skyryvet

            I did see Vivaldi under Version info!!! I’m not that blind… lol

            What I meant was that the headings states Chrome, the Version Info has Vivaldi, Mozilla and other shit like the Engines…

          • Lacedaemon

            It’s Vivaldi vs. Opera relax now… if you don’t believe it run the benchmark by yourself… http://peacekeeper.futuremark.com/

          • Skyryvet

            Hey, i’m not doubting you guys… I just asked if Vivaldi is in the VERSION INFO, it has same stats too?

  • Jademarisa

    Still user unfriendly and unusable. You’ve definitely lost non-tablet, non Windows 8 and PC (former) users. I won’t stop telling you (as if you did care): if I had wanted Chrome, I’d have switched to Chrome, which I haven’t. I’ll stick to Firefox while it doesn’t sell itself to Google.

  • http://www.tabthief.blogspot.com/ Pretender

    first comes first…Opera 27 is pretty fast, has good looks, exquisite bookmarks and another option that added into its tab bar useful when you have opened many tabs….well overall it is good but It has some (but basic) and some times absurd faults like…
    You cant close Pinned Tab (while tab is pinned, you have to first unpinned it)
    You cant apply “show bookmark bar” through right click option on tab bar…
    you can’t copy and paste the bookmarks from one folder to another..and when bookmarks are in snippet form..It becomes Mission Impossible. Managing bookmarks is really a tough task.
    You can’t un-bookmark the page by clicking on bookmark icon (though i am using a separate extension for this).
    there is only one search engine on new tab…that is google..I cant change into other one…
    the address bar cum tab bar is not flexible..I mean I am unable to resize the address bar when there are many extensions on my list, There must be a separate addons bar or the present one should be flexible at least.
    I am expecting these changes with upcoming version of Opera….Thank You

    • Herr Pietrus

      “You cant close Pinned Tab (while tab is pinned, you have to first unpinned it)”
      Actually, it’s a good solution. It prevents from closing that tab accidentally.

      • http://www.tabthief.blogspot.com/ Pretender

        in other browser(chrome, firefox and yandex and even in IE also.) there is option like..you can close pinned tab through right click option.

        • Lacedaemon

          That’s not a bad idea to be honest…

          • http://www.tabthief.blogspot.com/ Pretender

            well In some cases it is ….. like if you’ve opened a pinned tab and you don’t want to show others what it is about, you can simply close it by right click option.

    • Lacedaemon

      “You cant close Pinned Tab (while tab is pinned, you have to first unpinned it)”
      That’s the very point of it

  • Sidney Moraes

    Please, put smooth animations in navigation bar.

  • Jan

    .

    .

    HOW TO MAKE BING A DEFAULT BROWSER… again

    1. First, navigate to C:Program FilesOpera26.0.1656.60resources and backup “default_partner_content.json” file to another location.

    (if you have other version than 26.0.1656.60 – just go to apprioprioate version)

    2. Now download this file having the same name and paste it in the resources subdirectory (mentioned above), when Windows shows a copy file dialog, select ‘Copy and Replace’:

    https://onedrive.live.com/?cid=128EBC8BF483A94C

    Opera 26/27 Bing default

    3. Start opera again

    4. So to settings and change default browser to Bing

    … To get DuckDuckGo back, you need to paste the file we backed up earlier in the resources folder again.

  • Raestloz

    Who said it’s a good idea to put the navigation bar at the bottom?

    Yes, I know Speed Dial page is meant to be the place for Speed Dial, but putting the navigation bar at the bottom is simply wrong. It adds unnecessary mouse movement to get there. Yes, I could just use keyboard shortcuts to get to the bookmarks, but then why change the navigation bar when keyboard shortcut doesn’t affect it at all?

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  • Nibelung

    Any chances of nested folders for bookmarks? The lack of this is a real showstopper for organized people.

    • Nibelung

      Never mind, just found out about the Vivaldi browser, wow!

      • Daniel Carvalho

        I just love how everyone here is trading Opera for Vivaldi! And even those who are waiting for Vivaldi to become stable are going Fire Fox or Chrome! And yet, Opera developers keep pulling those “millions of users” as an argument to convince people their actions are logical!

        “Never mind, just found out about the Vivaldi browser”
        That’s the exact reaction of everyone who’s been asking Opera to go back to the 12.16 days!

      • zhnujm

        Thanks, thats exactly what Opera 13 should have been.
        Search is over.
        Goodbye everyone.

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  • Fabry

    Opera 12.16 + Ubuntu 14.04 LTS : site “www.google.com” = internal communication error . This is the end of my Opera test in my PC. Bye bye Opera!

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  • http://kidalt.tk/ dizzykei

    Please remake that useless tab preview stack into bin for recently closed tabs.

  • Pai

    Opera still sneakily changes my default search engine (Bing) after upgrade without option to change it back.

    As much as I like Opera, I’m switching to Firefox. Until the Opera team sees some senses and either: 1) allow users to choose whatever search engine they pleased as default or 2) publicly announce that it won’t allow Bing (or any other search engine but 5 options they offer) as default search engine, so people know what to expect.

  • Walter Krüger

    http://www.klubradio.hu page 27 opera was “falling apart” .Opera 26 version was good this page .Opera Dev and Beta versions of “falling apart.”

    • http://gwendragon.de/ GwenDragon

      Can confirm this problem.

      Missing a column at right side.

      Works in Opera 12.17, Otter 0.9, Iron 39, Firefox 35; see http://i.imgur.com/btKa3OF.jpg

      Reported as BUG : DNA-33438

  • Reinis

    Where is Opera Dragonfly?

    • feamoignargfaionakfj9ajfopamjv

      On Opera 12?

    • http://gwendragon.de/ GwenDragon

      Chromium children (like Opera) have their own Developer Tools.

      DragonFly development has stopped years before. See https://github.com/operasoftware/dragonfly

      DragonFly will not work on Opera 27 because of different Debugging protocol.

  • ben

    Customizable. Search. Engines. It’s been over a year, is it really so hard to implement?

  • Dovelove

    Short and sweet cause this is the only way here. Does NOT give you the default indicated browser you have marked always google…had duck duck go.

  • lyl yuan

    When playing video, the chip CPU high,please take!

  • poehalcho

    Disqus made me write everything all over after registering =-=

    Here it goes again:

    Since you guys removed the alternative speed dial which I was quite fond of, here’s my input on how to improve the current one as much as possible (imo).

    – Remove google search’s white gradient border. You could make it black so it’s uniform with the bottom bar, but preferably remove it. The gradient is very distracting and rarely blends well with the user’s background image. I also just takes up needless space :S. Just look at bing here. The design with the daily background image is practically the only reason people ever keep it as their homepage.

    – Move the dial search (the tiny spyglass at the top right) to the dark bar at the bottom. I’m guessing it’s the reason everything starts so low on the page. The new position would be more logical as you can make the connection that it’s related to speed dials faster than when it’s floating up there next to two other search bars. a little “search speed dial” text might not hurt either.

    – Borderless dials. The dial’s border doesn’t blend with light backgrounds and isn’t even visible with dark ones. Remove it, it’ll look a lot more natural.

    – Please add a way to remove the ‘add dial button’. It’s rarely needed once you’ve initially set up your speed dials. Perhaps even better is to just move it to the dark transparent bar. There’s plenty of room there and it’ll still be available at any moment without getting in the way.

    – Move dials up a few pixels so bottom row has fully legible text (about half the text dissapears in the bottom dark bar on my screen). I’m guessing this is a fidgety one to fix though, since it depends on the amount of rows and screen resolution?. Best fix I can think of would be to add the ‘fit to screen’ option from ‘Ye Olde’ Opera’. I’d really like to see that.

    – Move dial’s text to the inside of the dial, put a white bar behind it. It’ll guarantee legibility and free up space at the same time. I also think it will look pretty slick.

    – I really prefer the dark bar on the left side or the top :(. Now I have to go to the top and click the + for a new tab and then go all the way to the bottom to get to the bookmarks. Additionally it’s easy to miss and you can end up summoning another program from your windows taskbar.

    – Consider making the dials sharp-edged instead of rounded. It might look more uniform, but I’m not certain how if it will be an improvement.

    – Having the speed dials show the same picture as the one you’ve selected in your bookmarks is pretty nice. I’m guessing this is already in the works though. You guys are quite aware of it.
    On that note btw, it might be easier if users could select the image like they would when choosing an avatar. Treat the page as an image, where the user can move around and resize a selection frame. Just like choosing the background wallpaper on an android phone 🙂

    Bug: clicking the little dial search first and then opening and closing the new tab preview button causes the dial search bar to reactivate it’s animation.

    I hope my input helps you out lots.

    Kind regards,

    Poeh

  • duhduhduh0

    Swear the new #WebUI navigation bar looks like crap.

  • TL

    Not happy. The single reason I switched from Safari and Chrome to Opera was because I was able to simplify the look of the Speed Dial icons and get to web sites quicker. Going back to a thumbnail of the page, when sites are all overcrowded with ads and small text just makes the Speed Dial page look like trash. Not Not Not happy. I looked everywhere trying to find a place to change the icons back to a logo and could not find any way to do it. If that feature still exists, someone please help.’

    • loxiw

      opera://flags

      Experimental start page -> Active

      • TL

        Thank you so much! I know it seems trivial, but the graphic designer in me just did a happy dance. All is right in the world again. 🙂

  • Kthxbye

    More tedious child like behaviour with Bing removed as possible default search engine? Google search bar not removable even in Power user mode? Opera gradually selling out to Google instead of being a trusted truly independent European browser? Vivaldi release? Hmmm…

    Goodbye Opera, you thought you knew best despite what your customers have been telling you, enjoy what’s left of the ego trip as an irrelevance to the internet…

    What a waste 🙁

    • monkeyfish

      You sure you’re in power user and not just advanced settings? I’ve got power user enabled and I get to un-check the ‘Hide the search box in Speed Dial’ option. As to Bing, yes that’s dumb. As is hiding the search bar option in power user instead of just putting it in advanced user (and requiring the konami code to get their in the first place). Flags are power user setting now, surely?

  • Nick BW

    I am leaving Opera. I have been a loyal user for a long time but the last year there are too many changes and now there is no explanation of how to install a new version and not end up with both the new and old versions and shortcuts everywhere!

    • Sidney Moraes

      Just update the browser using opera:about , the shortcut you have in Desktop will open the newer version of it.

  • LuK

    I’m running into constant and reproducable crashes of Opera 27.0.1689.54 on window resize…this wasn’t the case before (guess Opera 26, didn’t check exact versions as long as it worked)…I disabled all extensions as I thought it could maybe have something to do with one of them, but nothing…just try to see the “responsive” effect of a website (I’m a web developer, so I have to test that constantly) by resizing the window…making it smaller usually doesn’t crash the browser, but enlarging it again takes approximately 3 secs then the browser freezes and activity monitor says “Opera doesn’t respond”, then the only way to make it work a gain is to force quit and restart it…this is quite serious for me and could be a killer for the browser (that I like since it’s on webkit) as my primary one =/…please have a look into this and fix it asap! If you need any more information or want a screen sharing session to see the problem, please contact me…

    Version: 27.0.1689.54
    Update-Stream: Stable
    OS: Mac OS X 10.7.5 64-bit

    Screencap here: https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/amEbrhok1G-aPLL6TvIAd4GW-6uaY3g0bFryLZYP7ODNJ4C72tnBWoTWvp-ozm9VIM5p1yiUwck=w1267-h475

  • hundred.or.zero

    Does Opera have a permanent download link? I am using Ubuntu and need that for installing Opera via terminal.

    • http://gwendragon.de/ GwenDragon

      Read http://deb.opera.com/ and add Opera repo to /etc/apt/sources.list.d/

      Or run these commands in shell:

      sudo su
      echo “deb http://deb.opera.com/opera/ stable non-free #Opera Browser (final releases)” > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/opera.list
      wget -O – http://deb.opera.com/archive.key | apt-key add –
      apt-get update
      apt-get install opera-stable

    • http://ruario.ghost.io/ Ruarí Ødegaard

      Yes there is a permanent download link. It is on the sidebar above (or here). By installing the .deb package our repository is autoconfigured for updates.

      • hundred.or.zero

        The problem is that permanent link redirects to other links which eventually downloads Opera. This is ok when downloading via browser, but this doesn’t work with terminal.
        And the first time I install Opera, I want to do it via Terminal, because i have to do this frequently on several systems.

      • hundred.or.zero

        That link doesn’t work with wget.

    • http://ruario.ghost.io/ Ruarí Ødegaard

      You are using wget, right? The man page gives you all kinds of options.

      To grab it from our APT repository:

      wget -erobots=off -rnp -nd -A.deb http://deb.opera.com/opera-stable/pool/non-free/o/opera-stable/

      Or if you want to get fancy and use a local mirror:

      wget -qO- “http://www.opera.com/download/get/?partner=www&opsys=Linux&product=Opera” | grep “href=./download/get” | wget -F -i- -B http://www.opera.com –trust-server-names

      • hundred.or.zero

        Thanks Ruari, this is exactly what i wanted. It works fine.

        But one thing. As i understand, this script opens webpage in the background then download whichever .deb is present there with whatever name. So it’s the webpage not the deb file that has a permanent link.
        I think deb file should also have a permanent link, this makes things easier for not so advance users.

        • http://ruario.ghost.io/ Ruarí Ødegaard

          I think deb file should also have a permanent link, this makes things easier for not so advance users.

          I think you have that in reverse. “Not so advanced users” aren’t the ones downloading via wget. 😉

          In addition, having a permanent link to the deb would mean that the deb would not be named correctly (no version number), which in turn complicates it for people who want to know/check the version number before they install.

          In any case, I am not aware of anyone else requesting this and you have a solution, so who would we be fixing this for?

          P.S. If you want something more readable, use lftp to fetch the .deb from the apt repository.

          lftp -c ‘open http://deb.opera.com/opera-stable/pool/non-free/o/opera-stable/; mget *amd64.deb’

          • hundred.or.zero

            I understand this, so now my insistence on having a permanent link for .deb file is not as strong as it was a week ago.

            However, years ago when i dreaded command line and hadn’t heard much about Linux, even then i had a habit of saving permanent links for exe files as browser bookmarks. So just typing a short keyword in the browser address bar would download latest version of the desired software.

            In addition to this, I also use permanent links in my personal website. So that people visiting my website could download my favorite softwares directly from there instead of being redirected to another site.

            I have at least one example where the downloaded file shows latest version number but the link is still permanent. So I can still see the version number before installing, though not before downloading.

  • monkeyfish

    It’s a big improvement over v25 and v26. But I’d like to suggest a few things re visual bookmarks: 1) Dedicated toolbar button for overlay access, currently too many clicks are required to access it. Mitigated somewhat by pinning the bookmark tab, but I’m still using a bookmarks menu extension for convenience. 2) Smaller icons please, those suckers are huge. I’d like them the same size as the smaller speed dial icons (161×119), better still, just use the same configurable settings for both. 3) Option to have folders viewed as a list, but bookmarks as an icon. I.E. in any given view have a list of folders at the top and then visual bookmarks below. 4) Can we have a global setting for list/icon/hybrid view, so I don’t have to set it for every single folder. 5) I’d also like to have the speed dial/bookmarks/discover bar at the top of the Start Page, so maybe some options there (top/bottom/side). Would also be nice if History were added to it. Thanks. (btw I swapped to Opera from FF/Chrome, so it’s not all deserters here)

  • Edward Guerreiro

    Sidebar please. That is all.

  • L33t4opera

    New build – Opera stable 27.0.1689.66 – Bing is back 😉

  • L33t4opera

    Why you removed my comment, without any explanation? Another moderator, which thoughtlessly removes comments, as Christoph142 did before, or again he did it? If you do this one more time, I will report you again, and again, until finally you lose moderator rights, for abusing your power.

    New build – Opera stable 27.0.1689.66 – Bing is back 😉

    • Lacedaemon

      Being impolite, and calling names are his other strengths too…

    • Rafael Luik

      Is this the whole changelog? Why doesn’t Opera provide it at http://www.opera.com/blogs/desktop/changelog-27/ ?

      • L33t4opera

        Hi Rafael, this is the changelog for version 27.0.1689.66 (the h4 id is correct, but not the heading/title, which should be “27.0.1689.66…”, instead of “27.0.1689.44…”), and Chromium has been updated to version 40.0.2214.94. There’s no post on the blog in regard to this build, most probably because it contains only few changes. The Opera 27 has been promoted to the stable channel since version 27.0.1689.54.

  • http://www.dailymotion.com/playlists/user/serialmania/1 Serialmania

    Funny now the mod has gone into hiding now when people are complaining about the update. Last time they made fun of my comment when I asked how much better is stable 27 over Opera 26. Now I have the last laugh. LOL….

    • Marcin Mitek

      I think we spoiled you with the blog posts regarding every update 🙂 Sometimes there’s not much to say about it, especially for the stable stream, as they are mostly maintenance updates (Chromium intakes, which we try to get to you as fast as we can).

      • http://www.dailymotion.com/playlists/user/serialmania/1 Serialmania

        Lol no. I don’t mean by that. You and other Mods should interact with the people on this article that are complaining and have some questions. I don’t mean to all people. At least a few would be enough. Show the public that you are listening…

        • Marcin Mitek

          We are… quite active commenters 🙂 Check my or Ruari’s stats. We are trying to interact here as often as we can. We have our daily responsibilities too, yet we are able to look here couple of times per day.

          • http://www.dailymotion.com/playlists/user/serialmania/1 Serialmania

            Ok I have one question. Why does Youtube and Dailymotion video stuttered in Opera only? I have 4 browsers on my PC. IE, Firefox, Chrome and Opera. I tried watching video of stated sites on other browser I mentioned it does not lag or stutter at all.

            I admit I use integrated graphic cards but how come it does not affect other browser? This problem started since late December. So any solution or idea why?….

          • http://ruario.ghost.io/ Ruarí Ødegaard

            What OS (and OS version) are you using? Also can you link to an example video(s)?

          • http://www.dailymotion.com/playlists/user/serialmania/1 Serialmania

            Windows 8.1 Pro. Every video stutter only on Opera browser from sites like Dailymotion and Youtube. Strangely video from the likes of Yahoo.com and Cnet.com don’t lag…

          • http://ruario.ghost.io/ Ruarí Ødegaard

            Next time you see this in YouTube, right click on the video and select “Stats for nerds”, look at the “Mime Type:” section and compare it with Chrome (which you mention you have installed).

            What does Opera receive as the video type and codec and is it the same as Chrome?

            Please report back and let me know what you find.

            P.S. My guess would be that either Opera is receiving a different video format (e.g. we get VP9/WebM and they get H.264/MPEG-4) or we both receive H.264/MPEG-4 and we are performing less well due to a difference in how it is implemented in Opera (we use the host OS to decode, they bundle a library).

            P.P.S. Why do you upvote your own posts! 😉

          • http://www.dailymotion.com/playlists/user/serialmania/1 Serialmania

            Haha lol It’s a habit of mine lol…

            Opera: timestamp seconds 102.367
            1280×720, 1861 average kbps, 100% volume
            TagStreamPlayer, HTTPS/DASH/VOD, 2505 kbps
            10 stage fps, 29 video fps, 5370 dropped, 0 kbps
            accelerated video rendering, accelerated video decoding
            NaN db, 1 audio factor

            Chrome: Video ID: W0dJiMH10Lw
            Dimension: 1280 x 720 *1
            Resolution: 1280 x 720
            Stream types: https
            CPN: Gyz71U4VFGvU3u-
            Mime type: video/webm; codecs=’vp9′

            Dash: yes(247/140)
            Bandwitdth: 3585 kbps

          • http://ruario.ghost.io/ Ruarí Ødegaard

            Did you copy “stats for nerds” in Opera or was the entry simply not present in your context menu. Your Opera entry does not list the “Mime type: ” section.

          • Lacedaemon

            He is not playing it with HTML5…

          • http://www.dailymotion.com/playlists/user/serialmania/1 Serialmania

            How do I play with HTML5?…

          • http://www.dailymotion.com/playlists/user/serialmania/1 Serialmania

            Don’t have the mime type section. How do I play with HTML5?…

          • http://ruario.ghost.io/ Ruarí Ødegaard

            Well maybe that is the problem. We are receiving Flash and Chrome is receiving HTML5 video. Open opera://plugins and try temporarily disabling Flash. This should force the usage of HTML5 video on YouTube. Let us know if this helps.

          • http://www.dailymotion.com/playlists/user/serialmania/1 Serialmania

            Omg thank you. Flash player sucks. It really help disabling it. Are there any problems if I disabled it permanently? …

          • Lacedaemon

            Of course there is, flash is needed everywhere. The problem is on Opera’s side not on flash’s as you have already found out that no other browser has this problem. HTML5 is only needed in order to show Ruari what codec you are using.
            Until they fix it you can enable temporarily the HTML5 player of youtube here instead of disabling flash completely: https://www.youtube.com/html5

          • http://www.dailymotion.com/playlists/user/serialmania/1 Serialmania

            That is really helpful. Thanks so much…

          • http://ruario.ghost.io/ Ruarí Ødegaard

            Well there are plenty of sites that only have a Flash version and no HTML5 version, so they would stop working. Try it for a while and see.

            In the mean time I’ll look into why we get Flash and they get HTML5.

          • Lacedaemon

            we use the host OS to decode, they bundle a library

            No Windows guy ever replied to me about why I can’t watch HTML5 .mp4 or hear HTML5 .mp3 in my Vista Home Basic…

  • leonardoav

    Where is the opera’s universal installer for Linux? I don’t use a deb based distro. Thanks.

  • Igor Dokic

    What happened to the coast-like speed dial? This speed dial (thumbnails) is much uglier in my opinion. Come on Opera don’t disappoint me now.

    • monkeyfish

      Set the following flag to Enable – opera://flags/#experimental-start-page

      • Igor Dokic

        Done that but still shows thumbnails, not logo or name of the site.

  • http://greenwap.net/ Shahmi

    Finally Opera, I remember myself requesting those features again.

    I remember the day when Opera Unite are in the path of complete deletion. Let’s be nostalgic

    I remember the day when Opera announced that My Opera would be closed.

    I remember the day when Opera decided to leave its famous features behind.

    I remember the moment I finally decide to ditch Opera and switch to Firefox which I used until this very moment

    I remember the fun I had. I remember how enthusiastic I am about Opera that I recommend it to friends.

    I remember I was told in their forums that Opera is heading to a brighter future when were asked for the perfect reasoning of why Opera is doing this to many of its users.

    I guess Opera forgot what it really were.

    • Marek Babinčák

      Maan so many memories came up to me now. Opera Unite was fantastic invent. I loved file sharing and media player.

      • http://greenwap.net/ Shahmi

        Yes it really really was. I am able to send large files to my friends.

  • hkeye

    I got a problem on Opera 27, but not on Opera 26 or earlier. May be, somebody could look into it.
    http://yun.365.sh/share/17187/opera26.jpg
    http://yun.365.sh/share/17187/opera27.jpg

  • scotty sessions

    instagram doesn’t show up since this up date

  • Sidney Moraes

    The glasses of private mode is the favicons of all sites (in private mode of course). Is that a bug or feature?

  • dflyra

    Something must be done with the bookmarks! We need a folder tree – moving bookmarks around in nested folders is really a pain in the ass, I can’t take it any more. I tried to re-organize my folders and let the effort half-way – it would take a day to finish.

  • raczg

    nah.. still cant delete bookmarks from the bookmarked page.. just a simple right click on the heart would be enough, but no, i need to browse the page in the bookmark manager and delete from there..

    • L33t4opera

      Hi, right click on the page, and select “Remove From Bookmarks” 😉

      • raczg

        Thanks!

  • Dante A. Ventura

    Just bring back tab stacking and notes already!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • dflyra

    After all the development, the extensions etc. I find Opera reliable, fast & compatible, let aside some minor reservations. Other friends and followers complain about tab stacking, notes, panels, mouse gestures and other matters that can be solved satisfactorily – not perfectly – with extensions (there are hundreds of extensions solving almost everything). The only really unsolved problem, as I see it, is the bookmarks manager: if you go past the attractive interface, there is not much you can do except for the absolute basics. No bookmarks structured tree exists to work with, the speed-dial is not stored in a separate bookmarks folder (so it is not backed-up or synchronized – I’ve asked it before: store the speed-dial in a ‘speed-dial’ folder like the ‘unsorted’ folder). As far as I’m concerned if you solve the bookmarks issue (which for me is crucial), you have nothing to worry about. I’ll mention another thing: I very much care about appearances and Opera’s interface is top-notch.

  • http://disboy.tumblr.com Allan Kelly

    and what is the state of opera sync returning to opera browser

  • Parameter Man

    Dear Opera People,

    I loved v12.

    Not only did it load and render pages quickly, but the interface was incredibly quick and easy to use. I use Opera not only for idly surfing the web (as one does), but primarily for searching and looking up product information in my line of work.

    The features of v12 that allowed this to happen were (in vague importance):
    – Bookmark nicknames
    – Customisable search engines
    – mouse gestures
    – keyboard shortcuts
    – panels (particularly Notes)
    – syncronisation

    I’m trying v27 now because, well, it _is_ 2015, and I’d hoped that the full functionality of v12 would have been restored over the ensuing versions.
    But I didn’t want a rebadged version of Chrome or Firefox.

    So you’ve got it mostly right now:
    – Sync is back.
    – It’s still quick.
    – Search engine shortcuts still work.
    – Most mouse gestures work.

    However, it’s the oversights that are the most annoying, and the reason I will uninstall 27 once I’m done with this post. I’m sure a lot of other users who get their jobs done quickly because they can use a web browser that can be used at brain speed, not click-the-mouse-speed.

    Please bring back:
    – Bookmark nicknames! Pages I used most were 3 or 4 keystrokes away, not a mouse wander.
    – Panels. There’s no need to open eg, bookmarks, history or downloads in a whole tab.
    – Notes. In a panel. Because we like making notes when we’re looking stuff up.
    – Right-click and scroll to cycle tabs
    – Background tab opens at end of list, not after current page (in fact, tab behaviour in general including cycle order)
    – The old downloads page, which had useful information displayed in a compact efficient manner, not the pretty but vacuous current format.
    – Full menus. Our brains can cope with the choice of options.

    Dear Opera People, when you started the company many moons ago, you took pride in making a browser that was different from the crowd, had features that you as engineers wanted and needed, and that you knew other people who use the internet for work, not just for play would want to use all the time.

    I took pride in the fact that I could generally have information/answers up on screen before somebody had finished asking me a question. I evangelised Opera to colleagues and friends who were frustrated with other browsers.

    In the last year you’ve drifted off on your own path, much like an Australian Prime Minister. You’re trying be like everyman and make a homogeneous browser to cater to the general public, most of whom don’t even know of Opera’s existence.
    Let Chrome, Firefox and IE be the pretty and vacuous browsers that don’t inspire or enourage their users to work more efficiently.

    Dear Opera People, stick to your guns, and to your roots, and get back to making the browser we knew and loved.

    Let me know when you’ve got those essential features back.
    I’m not far away, just using version 12.

    • Lacedaemon

      They ‘ve changed CEO and the direction to the average Joe masses, you can’t do anything to change it, nor expecting it to be the old Opera you knew and loved. Your only hope is to keep an eye on the Vivaldi browser (is being made by the original Opera members who got laid off, including the founder of Opera, currently in technical preview/developer edition) https://vivaldi.com/

      • dflyra

        I hate nagging all the time! Although I have taken notice of Vivaldi, I believe it’s inappropriate to talk here about anything else except Opera and it’s flaws & bugs, with the goal to correct them. In fact, I’m very proud that Opera people do nothing to exclude or prevent this kind of conversation. Now, as for the essence of the debate: O12 was the master of customization, but we are not anymore in the crude & raw O15 days. O27 is arguably a faster & more compatible browser than O12 and, as for the customization, I could point out some workarounds & at least 20 different extensions that solve (not perfectly or entirely) all the above problems – and we must keep in mind that new developments are constantly under way. To tell you the truth, I have solved 90% of all customization problems and certainly almost all of the issues ‘parameter man’ mentions (panels, notes, mouse & wheel scrolling gestures, RSS, session management, tab stacking etc.). Overall the Opera browser package is competitive and attractive. My only real problem is bookmarks manipulation which is below par.

      • Parameter Man

        Yeah, saw your other post below and am trying it out now.
        It’s definitely going to be the choice once it gets to release!

  • L33t4opera

    New build – Opera stable 27.0.1689.69.

  • Indera Sadana Wibawa

    I prefer the look of the opera 26! it’s simple!

  • DeToNaToR

    There is no “Set as wallpaper” function in Opera 26-27. In old version (12.17) I can do it, in new version(27) I can’t do it. How can I set the wallpapers on my desktop from Opera 27 ???!!!

  • DAVE

    USELESS!! WHY IS THERE NO OPTION TO MOVE THE CACHE LOCATION?

    i DONT WANT THE CACHE ON MY SSD AND WANT IT IN MY RAMDISK, WORKS PERFECTLY FOR OLDER OPERA BUT OH NO NOT FOR THIS ONE

    HOPELESS!!!!!!!

    • Lacedaemon

      How about you create a symbolic link?

  • Nation of Masturbation

    Where’s the Configuration button?!

  • tony971

    The fact that i need to search the web to find out how to enable the home button, back button, menu bar, other toolbars, etc, is testimony to the fact that the new regime has their heads up their #@#$%. The only alternative is that during a meeting they decided that producing and excellent an well loved product that had a loyal following with an almost cult like loyalty was not the direction they wanted the company to go in. Why keep producing something that is successful when we can simply throw it away and completely remake it, and then not tell anyone how to use it? Wake up $#%^holes, you’re losing users by the minute. In fact, as soon as i post this i’ll be finding and downloading a browser that doesn’t require hours of research in order to customize it to my liking. Good luck with the piece of junk you are now producing.
    BTW do you guys even read these? If you do, I’M UNINSTALLING OPERA AS SOON AS I USE IT TO DOWNLOAD ITS REPLACEMENT. I WONT BE COMING BACK TO SEE IF YOU CARE ENOUGH TO REPLY EITHER. I highly suggest that if you have reached this site in frustration as i have that you do the same. By bye Opera, it was GREAT while it lasted.

  • tony971

    You know i need to amend my last post. If the changes you have made were deemed necessary, so be it. But to completely abandon everything that made Opera a unique and useful browser, one that I recommended to no less than 50 people, and in the process abandoning your original followers is unforgivable. If you needed to make a browser to attract the average idiot who is intimidated by menus and choices because they’re too lazy to figure it out, you could have at least continued producing the browser that kept you alive all these years. Shame on you all.

    • http://tiamarth.com/ Tiamarth

      I know the feeling. I’d kept using Opera 12 when they abandoned Presto, but I still kept recommending that version to friends and anyone else who asked me for browser advice. Then the day came when a close friend told me he was using Opera 28 based on my recommendation and he was enjoying it. That’s the day I stopped recommending any version of Opera because people were just going to end up using the most recent version. Thank-god Vivaldi exists now. Or, y’know, thank Jon Tetzchner. Either way.

  • tony971

    just for the record, bookmarks and other toolbars should not require the installation and running of an addon extension. Did someone fall down and hit their head over there, or are you all on LSD or something? Whatever it is that made you do these things, stop it, or give me a hit. Maybe if I’m as high as you are this will all look good to me.

    • Peter

      Doesn’t get any better after LSD

    • GrimConch

      welcome to modern internet, out with features in with trendy “flat design”

  • tony971

    Holy crap! I found an alternative, and upon installation I have, A REFRESH BUTTON, A HOME BUTTON, AND, WAIT FOR IT…………………BACK AND FORWARD BUTTONS. Can you believe all that in a basic install without so mucha s clicking on the main screen. I won’t say which browser I switched to by name. I will say that it’s being made by the original opera people and is mentioned more than once in the comments below. IF I were in charge of Opera and read all this I’d be rethinking my rethinking, and the “brighter future” opera is heading towards. I’d also be updating my resume. Anyway, this is the last rant you will have to read from me. Gonna go back to getting work done, not working on my browser for an hour to be able to click a home button. Uninstall process beginning.

  • Angela_K

    I’ve been using Opera for about 14 years, updated to Opera27 just now and I’ve gone back to 12.17 because the new version looks Toy-town and functions such as having my bookmarks in a tile on the left of the page is gone. Sadly like so many web-sites Opera have let a load of script kiddies mess it up. I’m going to give Firefox a go. Shame, as Opera is the fastest browser.

  • I hate Awesome

    This version sux, can’t create a home page I’m going back to firefox.

  • http://blog.genericwhite.com/ TQ White II

    Do NOT allow this upgrade. I did so and it wiped all my bookmarks.

    I have moved my bookmarks through many OS X changes. I know where they were. It killed them all. I looked for backups in Library/Application Support, Preferences. No dice.

    I will have to get them from a backup. I will lose about a month of records. This is grotesque.

    This is a dangerous upgrade. Do not use it.

  • Guest

    For me, in the newest versions of Opera tab/taskbar looks like it would be airtfact or bugged…

  • AlienX72

    For me, in the newest versions of Opera tab/taskbar looks like it would be airtfact or bugged…

  • Bill Binns

    Been using Opera since the 90’s. 27 is not an option for me as the lack of a favorites panel on the left side of the screen is a complete deal killer. I can’t even figure out how to get my tabs back to the bottom of the screen. Going back to 12 isn’t really an option either with it’s non-functional back button, growing list of sites that do not render correctly and those lovely messages I get from so many sites telling me to “get a real browser”.

    • http://greenwap.net/ Shahmi

      lol so lovely they are indeed!

  • James Echols

    Lots of great rants below. V12 was still the best, by far. I just do not understand how removing great options, like stacking and toolbar placement, are improvements? Might as well just use crappy Firefox or Chrome, now.

  • BongCastaneda

    No sessions till now.
    I was hoping you would have returned this important feature by now.
    Also why does the blink powered Opera seem to be resource intensive compared to the presto Opera.
    My windows 7 laptop actually hangs/blue screens when using the Blink Opera for 8 hours even if just left minimized. This never happened with the Presto Opera and Maxthon Browser.

  • John Malcolm

    Why can’t we remove/hide/disable the Navigation Bar completely? It’s of no use on the Speed Dial home page, and is just intrusive.

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  • Bambalis

    Hello. Who is misssing “toolbar customizing” in this stable version? Standart interface decline goes in to bad direction for old users. Down placed new not correct (i so think) toolbar in black filling is very unusual by me in tact…

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