Opera Neon is an interesting new experimental project from Opera. They are giving the browser a new look that resembles your computer’s desktop. There are new controls which makes working with tabs and organizing your windows more natural. There is a video pop-out feature which lets you view the video in one part of your screen while continuing to use the browser for other things. The change to visual tabs is supposed to make finding your preferred content easier. There is a built in image gallery feature, and a split screen mode.
This browser was just announced on January 12th, and as such is still bleeding edge. This is something fun that I am likely to play with a bit. Since Opera has a history of being first to market with new features, this could be a sign of things to come.
Unfortunately, this beta comes without extension support or Opera’s ad-blocker and VPN features we talked about on Friday, so from a security standpoint, this is not your everyday browser. Great for play, but I would not want to read (phishing) email or go shopping or banking with this browser. The links below will get you more information. You might want to read the blog announcement for sure.
- Opera blog post about Neon
- Opera Neon concept browser download
- Naked Security – Neon concept browser
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