A new version of alternative web browser Opera sports new features that may be of interest to some users, but aren’t likely to excite much interest in most.
Opera’s developers have added a screen shot feature to the browser, apparently in response to similar features being added to other browsers recently. I still don’t understand the point, especially since the feature can’t be used outside the context of the browser. You’re better off using a screen capture tool that works in any context.
There’s also a new Virtual Reality player, something that looks cool but likely isn’t particularly useful for most people.
Opera 49 includes numerous other enhancements, but most seem cosmetic in nature. The full change log has all the details. Note that the log includes changes made to Opera 49 while it was still only available as a ‘developer’ version.
There’s another small update for Opera. Version 45.0.2552.888 addresses a few minor issues in the installer and user interface. Details are in the change log. None of the changes impact security.
A new version of Opera fixes a sidebar crashing issue and tweaks a few display settings. There are no security changes in this version. See the announcement and change log for details.
An Opera release somehow got past my “infallible” system for not missing anything important. Back to the drawing board I guess.
The Opera users among you probably noticed the browser having trouble disengaging itself from the Windows taskbar lately. Opera 45.0.2552.812, released on May 15, finally fixes this annoying issue. A handful of other minor bugs are addressed in the new version. None of the fixes are related to security.
Though it’s not mentioned until close to the end of the page, a recent announcement on the Opera blog entitled ‘Opera is Reborn‘ is actually about a specific new version of the browser: 45.
Opera 45 includes numerous changes to the user interface, mostly related to aesthetics: colours, backgrounds, icons, and animation. The integrated ad-blocker now reloads pages automatically when ad blocking is switched on and off. Social messaging software (Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Telegram) is now integrated into the sidebar. Video performance is improved slightly on some hardware. And you’ll now see warnings below password and credit card fields on web sites that don’t support encryption.
Many of Opera 45’s changes come from the experimental browser Neon, which Opera released a few months ago to test some ideas and elicit user feedback.
You can peruse the full change log for more information. That log includes changes to development and pre-release versions as well.
Opera’s developers were quick to respond to the recent discovery that many of the major web browsers (including Firefox and Chrome) allow site addresses to be obfuscated using special Unicode characters. Opera 44.0.2510.1449 now shows any Unicode characters in the address bar using the corresponding two digit hexadecimal code, rather than the character itself. The obfuscation technique was being used in phishing schemes.
Opera 44.0.2510.1449 also includes fixes for a few more minor issues. The change log has all the details.
If you use Opera’s built-in VPN (Virtual Private Network) feature, you may have found your computer running out of memory, or using more memory than usual. Opera 44.0.2510.1218 fixes the memory use bug and two bugs related to screen drawing. There are no security fixes in this release.
Opera 44.0.2510.1159 fixes a small number of bugs in the browser, including some annoying crashing issues. The change log provides additional details. None of the changes are related to security.
A new version of Opera fixes a few minor bugs, none of which involve security. The full change log for Opera 43.0.2442.1144 has additional details.
A memory leak is fixed, the Chromium browser engine updated, and a couple of Mac-specific issues addressed in the latest release of Opera, 43.0.2442.991. No security fixes are mentioned in the change log.