Opera is a web browser that breaks away from the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge/Internet Explorer pack. It has a lot of features that other projects use and polish later, making it a great way to feel the passion of developers who care about user experience.

It's a smooth experience, there's rarely a compatibility problem that isn't a problem on other browsers, and the add-on/extension support is excellent.

As of this post, Opera is a Chromium-based browser. This is a change from its previous vantage point as a Presto engine browser. Opera now operates on the Chromium Project's Blink and V8 engines.

What Does Opera Do Better Than Other Browsers?

Opera is a quality of life system, with native, crafted features that many people use extensions or add-ons to achieve.

The difference is that while extensions may take time to update to a browser's current version, these vast features are updated along with the new browser version. Greater compatibility is the benefit, and longer new feature release windows is the cost.

That cost, however, doesn't put it at a lower level than its competition. The new releases for Opera mobile are fairly regular and stable, and like many apps, there is a beta or nightly release program that gives you a taste of new features fast.

With any beta program, just be willing to troubleshoot and remember: you are the test subject, and you signed up for the trouble!

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