Opera is a great browser, it has always been. It’s fast, stable and secure. However, it had a major caveat. It didn’t support extensions. Yes, Opera has always been fairly customisable, but those customisations could never compete with full blown extensions. The good news is that the Norwegians have finally fixed this.
Opera Software has developed about 15 extensions to help you get started. You can check them out at the official extensions gallery, or refer to my Techie Buzz article for more information. Some of them, like the Translate and Reddited are really handy and useful. More 3rd party extensions should come along soon. Stumble Upon has already released its extension, and LastPass has confirmed that they are working with Opera to bring their wonderful password management application to Opera.
This version of Opera also includes the significant speed and performance improvements achieved in Opera 10.7. As a result, now Opera is faster than any other browser available, including Google Chrome, Safari and Firefox. Other changes include a new Mail Panel for quickly switching between different accounts or RSS feeds, and a new bookmarks par that replaces the personal bar.
Download Opera 11 Alpha
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