So here we go, Opera Desktop 17 has been promoted to Final, which means that summer-backed features are now polished and available to you officially. Some highlights include:

  • Pinned tabs – got tabs you want always open? Right click on a tab to pin it so you can’t accidentally close it.
  • Startup options – by default, Opera always starts where you finished the last session. Go to O>Settings and, in “On startup” choose between “Continue where I left off”, “Open the Start Page”, “Open a specific page or set of pages”.
  • Custom search engines – besides pre-installed search providers that Opera ships, now you can add your own searches. For example, to configure “d” to search DuckDuckGo, choose O>Manage Search Engines, and under “Other Search Engines” add “DDG” in the first input field, “d” in the second to define the shortcut and “” in the third. This tells Opera which URL to send your search query to, and “%s” is where it adds your search query. We’re working on a search field context menu option to make it even easier to do this.

For developers

Opera Desktop 17 is based on Chromium/Blink 30. New extensions APIs are supported:

  • chrome.bookmarks.*
  • chrome.commands.*
  • chrome.webNavigation.*

Read more about developing extensions for Opera.

What’s new and what’s next

See the detailed changelog.

Work continues on bookmarks support, synchronization, tabs enhancements. Opera 18 Next should be available very soon.

Download Opera 17 for Mac and Windows.

As the Opera rapid release cycle beds down, today we’re promoting Opera 17 from the Developer channel (highly experimental) to the Next channel, which is our feature-complete line and the last stage before being released to the world as the stable product.

Besides bugfixes, the highlight of things of this Opera 17 Next release:

  • More settings and preferences, like startup handling options, manage search engines,
  • Pinned tabs,
  • DPI aware on Windows,
  • Enhanced extensions APIs and possibility to hide extensions buttons.

We read all your bug reports and feedback (thanks a million for giving it to us). We’ve decided to postpone Quick Access Bar as it still needs some tweaking and bug fixing. Synchronization can’t yet be turned on while we finalise the server-side support and add support for more data types in the browser.
Of course, you will find all the feature switches in opera:flags

Opera 18 Developer should be released very soon. Besides Quick Access Bar, Synchronization, you should soon see further work in the area of tabs handling improvements, better autofill, themes, addressbar improvements and many others.

Thanks in advance for your bug reports and comments. To save some of you a little trouble, there is no Linux release of Opera 17, but there will be Opera for Linux.

Full changelog (since last Opera Next)