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Opera's New Browser Is Reborn

Paul Rubens - May 10, 2017 - 09:43 AM
Opera's New Browser Is Reborn
Opera's latest iteration of its browser includes built-in messaging, ad-blocking, and enhanced video performance.

(CCM) — Opera has taken the wraps off Reborn, the latest incarnation of its desktop browser product. Its key feature is the ability to display messenger apps within its browser window. "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. That’s why we bring you Opera Reborn, the first browser to allow messengers to reside within your browser, without the need to install any extensions or apps," said Krystian Kolondra, Opera's head of browser products, in a blog post.

The Reborn browser supports three messengers: Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Telegram. Once a user has logged in to a messenger, it can be overlayed on the main browser window or pinned side-by-side with the current browsing tab. Since many people use more than one messenger, Opera has made it possible to switch between them using keyboard shortcuts.

Reborn also includes a built-in ad blocker, and for some unknown reason four sites are automatically whitelisted out of the box: Facebook, Google, Yandex, and Baidu. One final change worth mentioning is that Opera has improved performance on the Windows version of Reborn by sending more videos to a system's GPU for decoding. This will allow for significantly higher frame rates, higher resolutions, and lower battery usage for these videos, according to Kolondra.

Image: © Opera.
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