In this update we are introducing technical and usability improvements to the start page experience. The new start page is faster than ever. It loads instantly when you open a new tab, even if you already have a lot of tabs open in that session. Interaction on the start page is also improved, scrolling is smooth, no matter how many speed dials and news items you have.
The new start page optimizes your browser’s memory usage, as it is now one instance, no matter how many start-page tabs you open. This feature is still under development and if you notice it causing any problems, it can be disabled via opera://flags and the shared-start-page feature flag.
Please take a look at the comparison between how the start page loaded before and how it loads now with the new mechanism.
Let us know how the new start page performs for you.
To see all of the changes and fixes, you can follow this link to a detailed list.