Hello out there,

I’m writing this blog post to let you know about a cool new feature in Opera 68. Today we are releasing the newest version of our browser with built-in Instagram and some further improvements. As you might know, Opera already has several built-in messengers in the sidebar, like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Telegram and VKontakte.

Recently, for obvious reasons, many of us have been staying at home as much as possible and relying more on social media to stay in touch with our friends and loved ones. This is also visible in the growing use of Opera’s built-in messengers as more people switch to desktop for both work and entertainment. Use of Opera’s built-in WhatsApp, for example, has grown 50% and the use of Facebook Messenger 48% in the past two months.

Instagram is no longer just a mobile platform

Though many people consider Instagram a mobile-only platform, the company has rolled out more features in its web version, like access to instastories and more recently, direct messaging – something that those of us who spend their days working on their laptops (or desktop computers) have been asking for. We are now integrating these new features into our browser so that they are available on desktop.

You can access your main Instagram feed, along with Instastories, the explore function, and DMs – which, needless to say, have grown in popularity in recent weeks.

At Opera we know that people want the choice of which platforms and devices they use for their instant messaging. We are integrating Instagram so that you can use it on a bigger screen and with a large keyboard, from your desktop computer.

Send direct messages - Instagram in the sidebar

If you use messengers and Instagram in Opera, you get the added benefit of browsing with less distractions: you, not the app, get to decide when you deal with them. It’s a great feeling to not be bothered by constant notifications.

Having messengers at your fingertips lets you access them when you want, like after finishing a task or an article in your browser. It’s also a quick and easy way to check in with your friends or share files, articles or photos, before getting back to work.

Enabling the Instagram feature in the Opera browser

To start using Instagram in Opera, just click the Instagram icon in the sidebar on the left and log into your Instagram account. Then you’re all set: you can use the social network the way you’re used to, and finally put down your phone.

Work and browse in one window with Workspaces

Also, if you like efficiency, you’ll really like the Workspaces feature, which lets you handle separate tab groups, whether they are work-related or personal, from the same browser window. Using the sidebar on the left, you can group tabs in up to five separate workspaces. The browser also lets you customize their icons and names.

Search in tabs

We’re continuing to improve the browsing experience, especially for those of you who like to have many tabs open. In the top-right corner you’ll find a new icon – a magnifying glass – representing the Search in open tabs feature. Use the Ctrl+space keyboard shortcut to get a popup window listing all of your open tabs (you might need to scroll if you have lots of tabs). There you can find a specific tab by typing key words in the search field.

Duplicate tabs highlighter 

After your enthusiastic reaction to the tab highlighter released in Opera 67, we wanted to make it even more visible and add an additional line under each tab. Using the context menu, you can also easily close duplicate tabs.

Close duplicate tabs

New security badges

Opera has updated the way secure connection is marked. 

In short, from now on:

  • Secure connections: a grey padlock is displayed at the left end of the address bar. Company names are not displayed.
  • Insecure connections: a grey warning sign is displayed.
  • Dangerous pages: a red exclamation sign is displayed and the access to the page is blocked.

The security of the connection is independent of the safety of page content. The user still needs to verify the address of the website they visit. 

Please check the full changelog.

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Maciej Kocemba

Product Manager of Opera, Opera GX and Opera Touch for Android and iOS. Previously Product Manager of Opera for computers, secret projects in R&D department and Opera Mini for iOS. Joined Opera over 13 years ago. Still passionate about coding, mountain / road biking when not working.

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