We have seen big improvements in the common web browser this year, with Firefox and Safari seeing big redesigns, and the Opera browser is available now on Google Chromebooks.
As the imminent return of students to campus approaches, it seems more important than ever that web browsers do more than just display web pages that meet a certain standard, as they now need to make communication, work, and even communication easier. streaming.
With the Update R5 now available, we told Opera about plans for the near future, including preparations for the launch of Windows 11.
Opera and Chromebooks, together
With Chromebooks in the hands of students for a few years now, our first question at Opera was no surprise, why only now?
“We have always believed in giving users the option of choosing a browser other than the system default. We have noticed the growing importance and popularity of Chromebooks over the past year and a half and decided to take action, ”said Stefan Stjernelund, Opera product manager for Android and Arjan van Leeuwen, product engineering manager. , Opera Desktop.
“It’s a tough balance with a web browser that does more than display the internet in a modern user interface, so we wanted to know what the team was especially proud of, as we passed their 26th anniversary this year of being available to users. “
“We treat our browser as a whole, but of course we’re proud of the many features that were previously not available in a browser on ChromeOS. We’ve added a free unlimited browser VPN, native access to messaging, Instagram, and Twitter, and the built-in crypto wallet. But looking at the big picture, we take great pride in continuing to deliver premium browsers that don’t come preinstalled on users’ devices. This means that people who use Opera have taken a moment to consider their options and have chosen our browser over the original default browser – that’s what we’re especially proud of.
Windows 11 and Opera
Of course, with Windows 11 on the horizon, we asked Opera if having their web browser in the Store was something they were looking into before launch and what they thought about upgrading to. ‘now.
“We are exploring our options, but our goal will be to bring Opera to the Microsoft Store as soon as possible. So far we’ve seen a bit more user-friendliness in Windows 11’s new user interface and of course any changes that make life easier for our Windows users are welcome, ”note Stjernelund and van Leeuwen.
“Regarding the Microsoft Store, we are very happy to see that Microsoft is opening the store to more products and developers, and we believe that this could be an opportunity to distribute Opera to users accustomed to the download model of the. App Store. “
Accessibility in R5
With the R5 update now available to users, accessibility is a topic that is now rightly viewed as a high priority by many companies. Opera agreed with this in mind that user experience should be the top priority when working on future versions of the web browser.
“Improving the user experience is always our top priority at Opera, which is why we have placed integrated messaging as well as Twitter, Instagram and a music player directly in the sidebar.
In the case of R5, it was certainly important to make the new features easy to reach and use. In case of easier video conferencing with the pop out video call, the user does not have to worry about accessing it, it is there and will be automatically activated when they switch to another tab: the video call will remain in the foreground. In the case of bulletin boards, they are easily accessible directly from the address bar (the pin symbol).
Opera GX on Chromebook?
With Opera on Chromebooks now an alternate option for users, especially college students as the next academic year is on the horizon, we wanted to see if the gaming version of Opera, GX, could also arrive on laptops from Google in the future.
“Let’s see. We just launched the mobile version of Opera GX, so it’s now available on all major platforms other than Chromebook.