Opera is a web browser and Internet suite developed by Opera Software with over 270 million users worldwide. The browser handles common Internet-related tasks such as displaying web sites, sending and receiving e-mail messages, managing contacts, chatting on IRC, downloading files via Bit Torrent, and reading web feeds. Opera is offered free of charge for personal computers and mobile phones.
Opera started out in 1994 as a research project within Telenor, Norway’s leading telecom. Within a year, Opera Software ASA was launched as an independent development company. Today, Opera is headquartered in Norway, with over 700 employees in offices around the world.
Opera Software has always strived to develop the fastest and technologically most advanced browsers. As a result, the Opera browser is the choice of some of the world’s most demanding and knowledgeable users. At the same time, when the powerful compression technology in the full browser is applied to the Opera Mini browser, the Web is accessible on even the simplest handsets, with small screens and limited memory. This has made the Opera Mini browser the world’s most popular mobile browser.
Opera is the most popular desktop browser in Belarus. (Belarus, officially the Republic of Belarus, is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe) Opera Mini, which is the most popular mobile web browser as of May 2011, has been chosen as the default integrated web browser in several mobile handsets by their respective manufacturers.
Opera runs on a variety of personal computer operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and FreeBSD. Opera editions are available for devices using the Maemo, Bada, BlackBerry, Symbian, Windows Mobile, Android, and iOS operating systems, and Java ME. Approximately 120 million mobile phones have been shipped with Opera. Opera is the only commercial web browser available for the Nintendo DS gaming systems.
Up to version 12.02, released on August 30, 2012, Opera was the only one of the major web browsers that could still be run on Windows 2000.
Get suggestions as you search
Search suggestions predict questions as you type, making searching quicker and easier. Common searches for the major search engines are now built into Opera. Type your question right into the address field, and Opera does the rest. Use any search engine instantly
It is easy to use your favorite search engine whenever you want — from the search field, the address field or even the context menu. You can also add any search engine. Simply right-click in the search field of a search engine’s website and select “Create Search”. Find what you need in web pages
“Find in page” is brilliant in Opera. All matching results are highlighted, so they are clearly visible. You can fine-tune your search to match all the text, just the whole word or only the links or the page. This feature can be accessed from keyboard shortcuts such as .(period) for text and , (comma) for links.
Make it your own
With a catalog full of colorful themes, you can give the browser a look you love, instantly. Or, create a design of your own! Customize the browser
You can add, remove or reposition buttons and toolbars or change the entire layout of the browser. It is easy to do... or undo. Convenient bookmarks
It’s easy to bookmark your favorite sites — just press the star function in the browser’s address field. Create your own shortcuts
Opera offers many ways to perform browser actions, and you can also customize your keyboard shortcuts, mouse gestures and more.
Look inside tabs
When you hover the mouse pointer over a tab, a preview shows you the content of that page. When you stack tabs, hovering over a stack also shows a preview of the tabs within, and you may select the tab you want to use. Recover tabs you closed
You can open tabs that you accidentally closed or website pop-ups that Opera blocked by...