Ok guys, some of you may have heard that Opera is ditching their own home-grown Presto layout engine in favor of adopting Chrome's Webkit engine. I've been a big fan of Opera for many years now and I've been using it as my main browser for my desktop PC, which means I only use IE or some other browser when I run into some problems with Opera, which is quite rare. Now I just downloaded and tried their new Webkit-based browser, Opera 15, and I must say it just doesn't feel like the old Opera at all despite Opera's efforts (and weak ones at that) to make Opera 15 have some semblance to the old Opera. The options menus don't look the same at all, Speed Dial doesn't feel like the old Speed Dial at all, Smooth Scrolling is not even in the options menu and it looks like I need to install a plug in to have it just like Chrome does, etc. Now I know there are a lot of folks out there who swear by Chrome, but I'm not one of them and in fact I'm one of those guys who use Opera because I found many things in Opera that I really like that I don't get with Chrome. With Opera Next, I think a lot of old-time Opera fans will be disappointed that their favorite browser is now practically Chrome that's just branded off as Opera. No sir, you can call it whatever you want but we know it just ain't the real McCoy.
Now I knkow Opera Next is still a work in progress but I just can't wait for them to make the new Opera feel like the old Opera. After trying out Opera 15, I'm seriously considering going with Firefox.
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