Hello,

Yet another Christmas is coming and we are getting closer to the farewell of 2017, a year which Opera was Reborn and many unique features reached our users. As the year ends, it’s also time for a very special release for us at Opera, the 50th edition of our browser.

Renewed VPN

 

Faster and better browser VPN

In September 2016, we introduced the free, built-in, no-log browser VPN service. Opera remains the only major browser providing such a unique service. Now, we are introducing our first major upgrade to the browser VPN service.

Moving to Opera data centers

Previously, the VPN service was hosted and operated by SurfEasy LLC, a company recently acquired by Symantec. We have investigated the best options for hosting the service and concluded the browser VPN service will be moved to our own data centers. Opera’s current server infrastructure, one of the highest capacity super-computer clusters in the world, is already hosting services such as the compressing engine for Opera Mini.

The colocation of the browser VPN service to our data centers is expected to give increased performance, scalability and balancing capabilities, while keeping it a free and no-log service.

From countries to regions

As we move the service to the Opera data centers, we are also changing from listing locations based on countries to regions. For the updated browser VPN, we will provide these options: Optimal location (default), the Americas, Europe and Asia. Locations will be rolled out gradually, starting with Europe today and the Americas and Asia coming soon.

Better search quality

As the usage of the free browser VPN service keeps growing, we have also noticed people complaining about the quality of search results when having the VPN service enabled. When massive traffic goes through certain IP ranges, search engines tend to classify it to a certain area. As a result, you might get all your search results in Ukrainian or Dutch, for example, and languages can again change unexpectedly.

Until now, this has been a problem for most VPN services. Since search quality is such an integral part of the browsing experience, we have decided to resolve it through the “local search” feature.

By default, the Opera browser will now bypass the browser VPN when you use your native search engines, such as Google, Bing and Yandex. These connections will still be secure over Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), but your local IP will be made visible to the search engines. When you click on links to navigate away from the search engines, the browser VPN service will automatically be re-enabled. We believe it’s a smart balance between absolute privacy and user comfort.

People can also browse with the “local search” feature turned off by simply using a private browsing window. Then, the browser VPN connection will be enforced for any website, including your search engines.

As usual, the full changelog is here.

Chromium was updated to version 63.0.3239.59.

Installation links:

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  • Steven D.

    Is it likely that this will move to the stable channel before the holiday break?

  • catup

    Great!

  • catup

    The VPN recovers in China. Hope it will keep living forever.

  • Please allow us to turn the local search feature off for normal browsing.

    • Hans Hansen

      What do you mean? Just untick “Bypass VPN for default search engines” in the settings

      • Oh ok it was not clear from the post

  • rpsgc

    New VPN doesn’t work, never connects. Great fun. Can we keep the old one?

    • Ralf Brinkmann

      No problem here.
      W10x64, Operax64, Germany

    • JJ53

      The old one never connected for me, either. Win7 UK.

    • Tina

      Hi, which OS you’re using? Please, try restarting your session and load again.

      • rpsgc

        Windows 10 x64.

  • firuz_u7

    Telegram Messenger already has Russian translation but in Opera it does not exist

    • Tina

      Hi, thank you for noting that. Was reported as DNA-66118

      • firuz_u7

        Always happy to help

  • UnitedBrasil

    Hello everyone, does anyone know the forecast for stable version 50? is there an Opera calendar for the releases?

    • Leonardo Gomes

      There isn’t a public calendar but I guess it shouldn’t take that long.

  • xirit64

    I’m not a fan of those blurry Speed Dial folder icons 🙁 it either looks like my monitor is broken or that I have distorted vision 🙁

    • jedy123

      Mine aren’t blurry. Perhaps link to a screenshot?
      Still don’t like having one less dial in a row when at 100%. Including xirit64’s issue, can Opera please not fix things (speed dial bugs) by ‘breaking’ others.

  • sgrandin

    I continue to notice with this beta that at some sites the Back button is not working as expected. For example, http://talkingpointsmemo.com/. Let’s say I go to an article from there and then back to their main page, then repeat that one or more times. Then at the main page when I use the Back button to go back to the Speed Dial, it doesn’t happen without repeated tries. Looking at the Back drop-down, there’s a list of pages I have to go through to get to the SD. It also happens at Yahoo, e.g., going from the home page to sports, viewing and closing some articles in the same fashion, then using Back to the Yahoo home page. I think this started with either 50b or 49b, around the same time that the Never Ending Loading problem appeared.

    • Tina

      Hi, maybe you can add some other specific steps to reproduce it? Can’t confirm now with Win10 x64. https://imgur.com/yhqNCtR Breadcrumbs are in the appropriate sequence.

      • sgrandin

        From the Speed Dial thumbnail or another unrelated site, go to either site I mention, say talkingpointsmemo.com. Click on an article and let it load. Use the browser Back button to take you back to the site’s home page. Repeat that a few times with different articles. Then from the site’s home page, use the Back button and see what happens. Check the Back button drop down. Here, it has to go through – not actually open – a number of that site’s entries before getting to the SD or whatever site I was previously on. From my non-technical view, it looks like the pages opened are being held in the Back button’s memory (cache?) instead of being released by use of the Back button each time.

  • Will it be possible to access e.g. BBC sites with a British IP with the new VPN service?

  • In some cases, VPN connection looks unstable. This can be seen if you attempt to verify IP or to determine the geographical location using some other services. Compare two examples:
    1) https://hide.me/en/check – after successful obtaining of IP and map location, or after reload or pressing the button “Check again” the VPN icon becomes brown (disconnected).
    2) https://hidemy.name/en/ip/ – this looks good, the VPN connection is stable even after reload.

  • JJ53

    Please could we have maintenance of window-order following crashes, and the option of user-defined window titles?

  • FluffyBoyo

    Changing display refresh rate whilst the browser is open and in window or maximised on screen makes the top of the browsers UI and tab bar completely disappear, or go transparent. Changing display refresh rate in windows 7 x64 when trying to watch a video file playing back with zoom player or any other player that changes refresh rates to match video’s refresh rate. This bug has been going on for some time now across various nvidia driver updates (inc latest) and in beta and stable opera. A browser restart is only way to get the tab bar and top of the UI back again.

    Also,

    opera://flags/ – #force-color-profile using Force sRGB

    This new option to fix bad colors in opera will also break the chrome extension ‘Care your Eyes’ night time mode. Operating in whitelist mode and then clicking ‘Enable at this site’ to darken a page no longer works if #force-color-profile, using Force sRGB is chosen. Fixes bad colors in Opera yes but breaks this extension.

    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/care-your-eyes/fidmpnedniahpnkeomejhnepmbdamlhl?hl=en

    Can you try and replicate these and log them as bugs please.

  • Hector MA

    This should go stable in a week or two.

  • oxymor0n

    Thanks so much for fixing
    – tab icon loading forever bug
    – google sheets not loading completely bug
    <3

  • Yehor

    Guys, are you going to fix “Delay loading of background tabs” ?

  • MegamaN

    Any chance of making things auto-clean when I close the browser, like Cache, Cookie, etc.?

  • Tisa Sopha

    Pls offer support to Slackware ,so far no opera beta script for Slackware yet…

  • Andy

    When the VPN is connected telegram is constantly “searching for network” or “connecting”. It’s frustrating.

  • Pamela Gonzales

    Opera Next is consuming a lot of Ram memory!

    I have 8 GB of ram but it operates me cunsume all the Ram from several updates ago

    https://image.prntscr.com/image/ZpZTTmIPRryo1Zu1IyGaKg.png

  • xirit64

    Updated to 50.0.2762.35 🙂

  • Julian Lugod

    I don’t like the renewed vpn, It’s better if the user chooses it by specified country. Please bring back that feature.