Apart from a solid set of features, Opera is expanding itself on the social media front by baking in essential IM outlets right in its browser.
Reborn will include the ability to pin the websites of instant messaging services such as WhatsApp, Telegram, and Facebook to the browser.
The Opera Reborn also has a new menu button that lets you to log out from messaging Apps directly while using browser. "Browsing and chatting simultaneously is cumbersome and inefficient now, as you need to switch between tabs when responding to a message. We believe this needs to change", he said.
It's an interesting idea, and one that can be customized quite a bit; the sidebar is now accessible from the browser window rather than just the Speed Dial page like before. Opera now includes messaging capabilities by default. One of the nice features is being able to drag and drop a photo from the web straight into a conversation, but for that to work you need to have the messaging app of choice pinned, taking up half the screen. More important, Opera now ships with a "modern, simplified, refined and playful" new user interface with an updated layout, simpler, light and more efficient tabs, that new sidebar, new icons, high DPI support, animations, and more. The browser also now utilizes the GPU to decode videos on Windows, which will apparently result in "significantly" higher framerates, higher resolutions, and better yet: lower battery usage, at least according to Opera.
Opera announced today that the latest version of its flagship web browser is now available, offering key features from its Neon concept browser. After facing questioning from users, the company told Ars Technica the sites "offer a good experience to users with ads on".