The folks who develop the alternative web browser Opera are working on improving page loading time, and if their own benchmarks are any indication, those efforts have paid off.
Opera 43 shows significant speed gains over Opera 42, due mainly to the introduction of two new technologies: ‘instant page loading’, which predicts the site you’re looking for as you’re typing in the address bar, and PGO, which optimizes the browser code to make it run faster when it’s most important.
The new version also includes improvements to URL highlighting/selecting. Previously, there was no way to highlight linked text. With Opera 43, highlighting linked text works as expected if you use a horizontal motion, and if you use a vertical motion, the entire link is copied, as before.
There are loads of other changes in Opera 43, as you can see from the lengthy change log. However, none of the changes seem to be related to security vulnerabilities.
None of the changes in either new version seem to be related to security. Opera will usually update itself shortly after a new version becomes available.
A new major release of Opera includes some potentially useful features. The release notes for Opera 42.0.2393.85 provide the details:
- currency converter: highlight an amount of money on any web page to see the amount in your local currency
- faster startup times
- improvements to the built-in newsreader
Opera remains a solid alternative to the big three browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome), although it still doesn’t have a proper bookmark sidebar.
Faster startup times when re-opening multiple tabs, better use of available hardware acceleration for video, and improvements to the news reader are featured in Opera 41.0.2353.46, released on October 25.
The release notes and history for Opera are no longer being updated, so aside from announcement blog posts, finding the details for a new version involves reviewing the major version change logs. These logs include beta and developer releases, and only sometimes include the main ‘Stable’ releases. The log for Opera 41 was last updated for the version 41.0.2353.30 beta on October 19.