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Five Reasons To Give The Opera Browser A Try

by Sean P. Aune | April 28, 2010April 28, 2010 9:09 am PDT

Opera is a Web browser that has been available to the public since 1996, and while it is quite popular on mobile devices, it has never exactly been huge in the desktop market.

Browser market share data for March of this year shows Opera as only commanding 2.37 percent of the market, considering its age, that isn’t exactly great.  It is constantly updated, has a very devout developer community and generally people who use it swear by it, but yet it just doesn’t seem to be that big of a deal.

So we’re here to give you five reasons why you should give it a try.

BitTorrent Client

Opera has a built-in BitTorrent client so all you need to do is click on a Torrent link and the browser will ask you where you want to download it to.  The files will continue to upload until you shut them down or close the browser, so keep that in mind.  This feature is turned on by default, so if you don’t want it, or can’t use it, make sure to turn it off.

Display Modes

Don’t want to run Opera in full-screen, but hate what that does to the way a page looks on your screen?  Opera will let you change the display setting from full-screen to Fit To Width as you please.

opera link

Opera Link

You say, “Opera Link is  synchronization, big deal.  Why should that make me try it?”  Well, the beauty of it is that it also syncs with your mobile phone.  Now that there is a version of Opera for the iPhone, something I know I certainly never thought I’d see, you can sync your bookmarks, tabs and other info between that and your PC without any problem.  If you’re using Opera Mini anywhere, you can do this, and it will greatly ease your life.

(please note that the stain on the image is Opera’s idea of being cute, like it was sketched on a napkin … don’t blame my graphics skills!)

Speed

Opera has always been known as a speed demon when it comes to rendering pages.  It has become one of the key contests between browsers to see who is the fastest, and using absolutely no scientific methods whatsoever, it sure looks faster to the naked eye.

Widgets

Widgets are the Opera version of Firefox extensions, but in this case some of them can even operate outside of the browser as desktop widgets to constantly deliver you information.

Why Do You Use Opera?

Are you an Opera fan?  Tell us in the comments why you think others should be using it.


Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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