What an amazing year!

For us, it all started earlier this year during our 2016 kick-off workshop, where we reviewed whether browsers today actually did what people need them to do.

To our surprise, we quickly realized browsers were not paying proper attention to people’s needs. None of the major browsers provided the features expected in 2016.

We decided to become the change that people were asking for from browsers this year by adding more engineers and designers to the Opera browser than ever before. Here was our response:

The list of Opera’s new features in 2016 is quite impressive: native ad blocker, battery saver mode, personal newsreader, built-in VPN, faster start-up, a built-in, on-page currency converter, and video pop out. This last feature has changed a way many of you experience YouTube.

Opera has not only more features, but it also performs much better. It is now 80% faster with native ad-blocker, and works 50% longer with a battery saver. Startup time has decreased by 86%.

Opera among top apps of 2016

We are happy to report that our giant leaps forward this year have not gone unnoticed. This week, Fast Company has published a list of top apps of 2016. Opera, with built-in VPN, is the only browser listed among other cool apps such as Albert or Google Trips.

Here’s what Opera was selected for:

“The ever-underrated Opera (Windows, Mac, Linux)—again, not new but exceedingly rejuvenated in 2016—did the unthinkable this year and piped a free, unlimited VPN right into its web browser”.

We really appreciate comments like this, as well as the one The Next Web published last week after the release of Opera 42 with the currency converter:

“Thankfully, there’s a new feature in Opera 42 that you (and let’s face it, your credit card) will love.”

Happy Holidays and a fantastic 2017!

A happy holidays to all Opera users from the entire Opera Desktop Team! Thank you for inspiring us to improve with your feedback! Keep commenting on this blog and let us know what you want to see in Opera in 2017.

We are preparing more cool improvements for next year, some of them you can already test in Opera 43 beta. Stay tuned for more.

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  • MadEddy

    Merry Christmas to Opera team (and users of course). Thank you for your hard work.

  • iG0Lka

    I beg of engineers to add the following feature:
    Whether you can do it – you highlight the text is a link (which Opera does not recognize as a link), and clicking on it the wheel to open it in a background tab?
    Now, to open the link in a text (which Opera does not recognize as a link), you need to select the text is a link, then open the context menu by pressing the right mouse button. Then, hold down the Ctrl key and select “Go to web address”
    example: https://habrastorage.org/files/cea/1db/f59/cea1dbf595334581a11e9e74278800c7.jpg
    try it yourself:

    • kapsi

      It can’t work like that. The link isn’t a real HTML link, which would be if it was wrapped in tags. There’s probably an extension that changes text into real links.

      • iG0Lka

        But works – to select the text is a link, then open the context menu by pressing the right mouse button. Then, hold down the Ctrl key and select “Go to web address”.

        Why can not we just – highlight the text is a link (which Opera does not recognize as a link), and clicking on it the wheel to open it in a background tab?

        It also greatly simplifies the navigation of such implicit links!

        • kapsi

          OK I get what you mean.

  • Ghirahim

    Your 2017 wish list? I’ll start:

    Tab stacking.
    Synchronizable notes.

    • siamak

      For me
      1.Nickname for bookmarks
      2.Toggle panel for extention sidebar

  • M92

    This plus Opera Neon will implide that Opera Browser will reinvent the browser concept as we know it. Opera is proving that the core functions of a browser isn’t just the possibility of surf the web, but to do it with a smooth experience. And soon, probably, will be a smooth, beautiful and with a lot of build-in features to make the best browsing experience.

  • Nekomajin43

    Why do you want feedback if you ignore it?

    We ask many features, some of them are minor ones but would improve the experience much. Let’s pick this link selection for an example. Many of us have asked for this feature since the engine switch, but nothing for years. One guy made this possible with an extension IN A FEW LINES! Then, someone had the idea to finally implement it, and now you present it like “how cool we are to implement this”.

    I know, features like vertical tabs or tab stacking take time to implement. Major modifications in the GUI, etc… But there are tons of small features, which could be implemented in a week. Confirm exit, the ability to turn the current tabs off in the tabs menu, more than 10 recently closed tabs in the tabs menu, the ability to remove/rearrange buttons on the toolbar, to change the default search engine… These are being requested frequently, and it’s like talking to a wall.

    What is it if not ignorance?

    • Raszlo

      Hundreds of millions of users around the world and you call few blog comments a feedback? Let’s be honest – you’re angry because developers didn’t implement what YOU need.

      There are more users with many other feature requests. Deal with it.

      PS I want tab stacking as much as you do, but crying over and over again won’t make it any faster

      • Nekomajin43

        What is the point of this blog then? Only to say good job, and keep going?

        I am angry, and not because of the missing features, but the ridiculous communication. Just take a look at the 10 most wanted feature topics on the forum! There is no feedback from the developers at all. There are thousands of comments on the blog unanswered, even with constructive ideas and usecases.

        But yeah, keep commenting! Great job! See you next year! What an inspiring community! I am a nice person, but this bullshit makes me angry.

        BTW about that “hundreds of millions”: https://blogs.opera.com/desktop/2015/02/55-million-counting-opera-for-computers-user-number/

        • Leonardo Gomes

          Well, Opera (almost) never commented about future implementations, new features,changes and so on unless, maybe, when they were already in the queue to be released.
          And this hadn’t been happening necessarily because Opera had bad communication with users but because you simply need to be careful on what you say when you run a business like Opera Software.

          So the feedback they could give would be something like “Thanks for your feedback/suggestions. We will evaluate it” and that’s all.

          • Nekomajin43

            That’s more than nothing.

            Anyway, it is a bad practice. Major features, which require a lot of resources, can stall the developement, or will be strategic advantages (like the VPN) should be kept as a secret. But you are here long enough to know that I usually ask for small stuff, that can be implemented in less time than a developement cycle. I’ve reported many minor glitches, missing options, and most of the time I don’t get any answer. But it’s not just me, before someone finds only this sentence.

          • Leonardo Gomes

            Well, I’m here long enough also to know that being bad practice or not, this has always been their policy. In fact, it seems to me that they are talking about things they are working on more than they used to do in the past.

            They have lots of things to take care of, they simply can’t keep answering everyone. They will do it when necessary.

        • Raszlo

          The purpose of this blog is to let users test new features on different machines and scenarios, to communicate news from Opera’s Team and ofc to collect feedback from userbase, also regarding feature requests.

          Users enjoy Opera because of everything it can do, not because of what it can’t do as your logic suggests. By “users” I mean all users, not hardcore geeks like most of us on this blog. 😉

          The point is that you beg for elements which are crucial for you and describe it as “majority decided” when in fact you have no idea what is really important for most of the users and how roadmap of Opera development looks like. Besides, companies really don’t act like “you want it, we give it”, even if they say so. 😉 It would be catastrophic. 😉

          2015? Really? Remember about other platforms:

          Try to use Vivaldi for 1 week when lack of faith in Opera development will kick you again. 😉 Cheers!

          • Nekomajin43

            This is the desktop blog, so the mobile market share is irrelevant now.

    • Ari

      What does it mean to turn a tab off?? About the default search engine, that’s on settings. I agree with Raszlo, probably what you are asking is not being implemented, there are ALWAYS small details to add, but they can’t do EVERY SINGLE little thingy users ask.

      Go and complain about the same in Chrome forum (if it exists) and they will tell you the same.

    • Leonardo Gomes

      Well, getting people’s feedback into consideration doesn’t necessarily means toi do everything people are asking but to evaluate what people are saying and try to find out ways to reach what, deep down, people really want and that can be beneficial for both the users and the company.

      And the fact that there are people asking for some feature doesn’t mean that there aren’t a same amount against it but that doesn’t come here to say that. And that’s one of the reasons why they can’t just take only the comments in this blog into consideration.

    • SimonPieman

      One person’s small features are another man’s clutter.

      Opera should cater for the many not the few. Otherwise you end up with the Homer car.

      • Nekomajin43

        It’s funny. Do you know what clutter is for me? The start page button on the toolbar. Or the current tabs section in the tabs menu. Or the spam in the news reader.

    • Daniel Bratell

      We do not ignore feedback here and on other places.

      At all times there are a lot of interesting ideas floating around. Some that originate from people working on Opera, some ideas come from blog comments, and some ideas come from random places.

      There are a lot of factors that determine when (and if) a feature or change is implemented and the best suggestion I can come with is that people with an idea try to explain why that feature is valuable. Maybe not enough people understand “why”. What is obvious to someone may not be obvious to everyone else.

      I think that when we look back at Opera next year you will see that some of the things (but probably not all) you mention in your post have been implemented because I see an overlap between what you mention and things that are being talked about internally. Whether those things originate with your feedback I don’t know, but they may have.

      • Nekomajin43

        I am a bit sceptic, because most of the mentioned features (and I am not talking about only my comment) are missing since the engine switch. I don’t see how it would change next year, but I hope, I am wrong.

        It’s not clear from these comments, but I really like this browser, and I think you did a great job this year too with the existing features. The built-in adblock is a killer feature, and I use the video popup a lot (even though I have some problems with it, see my comment unanswered(!) in the previous post).

        On the other hand, the browser itself and your communication are still inconsistent. I’ve written this many times, but you tend to release features with glitches, small missing parts, then say “it’s never finished, just shipped”, but then you leave them for months or years without touching them again. And I am talking about a few hours/days of additional work, not major revamps. (Take a look at the sidebar! Do you see the double top border of the topmost button when it’s active?)

        A frequent response of yours is that you don’t want to clutter the UI with many options. Just take a look at the Settings or the Tabs menu! Those could be the definiton of clutter in a dictionary. BTW, why is the VPN switch in the address bar? It’s not a page specific setting. But if you place it there, why don’t you place the Turbo switch too? And why can’t we see the page specific permissions in the address bar? You have a popup for the security info. How many resources would it take to list the active permissions there too?

        A third concern of mine are th blog posts themselves. I think this blog is primary for testers and journalists. I really hate when I have to dig the changelogs and the settings to find out whether a feature is promoted to the beta stream or not, because you left it from the post. This blog should be more technical.

        You may think your communication is OK, but I think you are wrong. I try to be constructive and not to be a dick, even though sometimes I am. Sorry for that. But when you talk and throw ideas and usecases, and nothing happens for years, sometimes you get angry.

        I don’t think I am a neglected genius. Sometimes I have very strange ideas and needs, but I teach people, and I see how most of the users give a damn about features that you think are very cool and handy. (They are BTW.) If you develop for “the majority”, an address bar is all you need. But if you want to do more good stuff, you should reconsider a few things internally.

    • tarkus

      Angry or not (as others write), you have a point! For example, I don’t understand why proper mouse gestures represent a clutter in the browser! Strangely all the implemented (very good) features, like copy-search & currency converter pop-ups, are not cluttering the browser! My point is: congratulations on the development of the browser, I (because I’m speaking for myself and do not represent anyone else) enjoy the absolute best in UI but … vital characteristics are still missing and – this is the worst – you have even stopped mention them as goals for future development!

  • Meery chritmas and happy new year in advance to the opera team.You are doing work really well.

  • Eugene B.

    Happy holidays and thank you for Opera. Best browser ever.

  • Leonardo Gomes

    Happy Holidays.

  • happy holidaysss

  • nanana1

    Nice year of Opera browser development and the single biggest winning feature of 2016 introduced in Opera desktop browser is ……. VPN !!!

    Congratulations for a great year of Opera builds and looking forward to another exciting 2017 ahead !

  • Wish you Merry Christmas to Opera team. 🙂

  • ShintoPlasm

    Although I am a trifle pessimistic about Opera’s future after the Chinese deal, it would be remiss of me to ignore the interesting stuff you guys have done over the past year. Thank you for showing that innovation in this area is still a thing, and for implementing genuinely useful additions in your lovable browser. Cheers, team!

  • Wando Schneider

    I just wanted to say thank you guys. 2016 was a really great year for Opera. Keep up the good work!

    • Mikolaj Boc

      Thanks Wando for your loyal support! All the best in 2017

  • Cobalt

    Wrong name for the new tab

    Actual result: If you disable “Speed Dial” in the settings of the start page, the name of the tab will continue to display “Speed Dial”: http://jpegshare.net/4d/ff/4dff990388291d4af178b33096d83d39.jpg.html

    Expected result: You need to rename the tab name from “Speed Dial” to “Start page”: http://jpegshare.net/1d/fd/1dfda205eb41523b5c152b9fe09291dd.jpg.html


  • M92

    Great browser, great year. If I could use my local Google instead than the global version as predetermined search engine, this browser would be perfect.

  • Herr Pietrus

    Although I suppose I don’t miss as much features as other people do (but I miss buttons arrangement, bookmarks menu, saving all opened pages as a bookmarks folder, not only as a SD folder…) I can partially agree with Nekomajin43 and tarkus posts…

    On the other hand – It doesn’t mean that I know a browser with nicer UI, SD, built-in mouse gestures etc… It doesn’t exist so the only thing I can do is wishing you more and morce success!

    And please – don;t spoil Desktop version as you do it with the mobile one. New UI with nested menus and so many steps needed to access history, exit options, bookmarks, etc is a real disaster… And works slower than previous one… I hope you’ll do something with this.

  • kapsi

    Currency converter doesn’t work on store.steampowered.com for values like “13,49€”

    • Piotr Fokt

      Work for me

  • andek90

    NC+GO nie działa w Opera 42.0.2393.94 x64

    przeglądarka, z której korzystasz nie obsługuje komponentów technologicznych, które są niezbędne do prawidłowego działania nc+ GO. Prosimy o użycie innej przeglądarki (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome). Nad udostępnieniem serwisu na Opera już pracujemy. Szczegóły wkrótce.”


    • Mikolaj Boc

      A simple user agent changer should probably work for now 😉
      EDIT: It doesn’t. Though happy to hear they’re working on it.

  • It was a nice year with opera both android and PC surfed my website http://www.edusbaze.com/ with ease and securly

  • postdante

    Well, still hoping for dark theme in 2017 – for now it’s inconsistent with some Windows 10 / GNU Linux desktop environment arrangements 🙂

  • Congratulations, I have tried every new feature you said, it’s cool

  • Cobalt

    1. Drag any image (for example) on the tab bar. You will see the animation: http://jpegshare.net/03/65/03659a1dc36e77ffa0e0f0a6007a9a55.jpg.html
    2. Close the tab: http://jpegshare.net/8d/88/8d8808b6ec5801a491a29f40cceba6c0.jpg.html
    3. Repeat the first action. Where is the animation?: http://jpegshare.net/d1/83/d183aa3bb0dbb9fb68e41e626ad1726a.jpg.html

    • Mikolaj Boc

      Huh, good catch 🙂

      • Cobalt

        Thanks 😉

  • icetom

    the new opera mobile UI is horrible.
    no mentioning of Opera selling out to the Chinese?

    • Leonardo Gomes

      This is the desktop team blog.

    • tarkus

      So what? I’ve heard that before and I don’t know what’s all about! I use a Lenovo tablet, a OnePlus phone, my PC’s motherboard is from China (Gigabyte), my car’s spares are manufactured in China, some of the clothes I wear are made in China, I have once used Maxthon as my primary browser, the solar panels installed by the Company I work for are Chinese (Yingli) and, in general, I have a great respect in the efficiency of the Chinese Companies and the Chinese management. In addition, I believe in free world trade and don’t value American or European bureaucrats more than their Chinese counterparts. Furthermore I’m not a racist! As for the Opera android (not mini) browser, I totally agree with you: the UI is a disaster and a downgrade from Opera’s standards!

  • Silent Night

    The quote “not paying proper attention to people’s needs” truly summarizes the other browsers during 2016. Chrome seems focused on forcing redesigns everywhere to instead make use of their material design, regardless of how the usability suffers from it. Firefox is focused on their major redesigns such as e10s, which understandably is a huge undertaking. Edge is still playing catch-up with the other browsers and Vivaldi is still young with a lot of growth required.

    I can admit to actually hating the old Opera (jeez, “powerusers” don’t want subpar features in their web browsers that an extension or web application does better) but the new one easily replaced Chrome as my primary desktop browser, and with useful features for once!

  • Leonardo Gomes

    Happy new year!

    • Kornelia

      Happy New Year Leonardo 🙂

  • OstroLk

    Using normal Opera stable on a 2 in 1. From time to time Opera goes off, the screen goes black and after few seconds comes back on. None of the other apps including Edge and Firefox do this. Is there a way to get rid of this problem?
    Windows 32bit. Windows 10, fully updated

  • Cryio

    Happy new year, Opera devs!

    Can’t wait to see further greatness from you guys.

    Opera *is the most amazing* browser at the moment. It will be a blast watching you expand that lead.

  • Khairul Skmt

    and the saddest years for Norway when the FM Radio already killing in this year…

    Norway is set to become the first nation to start switching off its FM radio network next week, in a risky and unpopular leap to digital technology that will be closely watched by other countries considering whether to follow suit.

    Critics say the government is rushing the move and many people may miss warnings on emergencies that have until now been broadcast via the radio. Of particular concern are the 2 million cars on Norway’s roads that are not equipped with Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) receivers, they say.


  • Opera in 2016: #yearinreview Thanks …
    http://proactivedanismanlik.com/ (happy birthday wishes) :))

  • Belamore

    I’m so happy you made so amazing browser! I’ve installed WIndows 10 and the look of Chrome was so terrible….

    You are the best! Wish you all best in 2017

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    nice article. 🙂

  • Khỏe Mõi Ngày

    Wow!! Opera 43 beta. Great!!

  • nice post.
    kemer transfer

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  • I love opera <3


  • I love opera <3


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  • mariam

    Opera works 50% longer with a battery saver, very nice 🙂
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  • I just can say that Opera is one of the best browser which runs very smoothly, specially the features of Opera Neon browser. Thanks for sharing the useful information.

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  • Jack

    This is Opera Perfect Browser

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  • this is just amamzing browser, i am using to browse this website , which no other browing

  • har andro

    Yes i am using opera for four years .It is the best browser with turbo option .Thank you opera.SAMS

  • Mohammad Rameez

    Great post ! keep it up…

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  • R123

    Dear Opera developers: Can you add support for Netflix video at 1080p resolution (or higher)? This could increase Opera share in browser market.
    * Chrome, Opera and Firefox support playback of Netflix movies in 720p resolution in Win7, Win8.1 & Win10. IE11 in Win7 support only 720p (it uses Silverlight 5).
    * IE11 plays Netflix movies at resolution 1080p in Win8.1 and Win10. Edge in resolution 1080p or 4K in Win10.
    Adding 1080p or 4K in Opera would especially important for Win7 users (all browsers play Netflix video at 720p in Win7; there is no Netflix app for WIn7)
    Win7 is on 48% PCs and will be major Windows system for 5-10 years.