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Remember the infamous browser ballot screen? The one that was initiated by the Opera Software in 2009 when it complained to the EU? Then the $731 million fine when Microsoft messed up?
Well, the agreement between both sides has now expired and Microsoft will no longer ask users to pick their web browser.
Just before Christmas, guys at Opera Software have released the final version of Opera Coast 4.0 for your iPhone or iPad. If you need a reminder on what it is, basically, a new web browser that specializes on gestures with all the bars and buttons eliminated.
So what’s new in this build? A news feed, which can be accessed by swiping down; sharing, a support for Opera Turbo and in case you have iOS 8 installed, a support for Apple’s Handoff technology, allowing you to continue browse where you left off (iPhone > Mac, etc.).
If you are up for some beta testing or are hungry for new features then today’s latest release from Opera is what you have been waiting for, and here’s what’s new:
According to Opera, only about 5% of all its users have more than 5 tabs open at the same time, however it did not stop them from implementing an advanced user friendly feature: A tab menu, which can be accessed by clicking the the arrow icon in the right and it will list all your opened tabs!
In addition to that there are also a couple more tweaks and improvements, these are:
November, 2014 Desktop Market Share: Google Chrome – Up; Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera – Down
After a small blip last time, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer has lost some of its market share since, down from 58.36% to 57.91% (0.45 point decrease).
The restructuring continues.
If you still own a Nokia classic phone, such as: Series 40, Series 60, Symbian, Asha or Nokia X, then here’s an announcement for you:
In the first half of 2015, Nokia Store will be replaced with Opera Mobile Store, which simply means that users will now be redirected to a new destination.
What if you are a developer? According to Opera Software, they will be working closely with Microsoft to developer a clear path on how developers can republish their apps.
October, 2014 Desktop Market Share: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari – Up; Firefox, Opera – Down
Starting with the Internet Explorer, it looks like Microsoft’s web browser is in the consolidation range, now up by 0.12 point, from 58.37% to 58.49%.
Another month, another report.
Kicking things off with Apple’s Safari, its market share grew by 0.41 point, from 44.63% to 45.04%.
If you were happy with the data savings when using Opera Mini on your iPad or iPhone then you will be happy to know that the latest build will help you to save even more megabytes.
Thanks to the new Video Boost feature (which can be enabled via O Menu > Savings Enabled > Opera Turbo: Video Boost toggle), Opera Mini will now provide you with the video optimization service at no additional charge.
What does that mean? More data savings and less video buffering!
And the bookmark improvements continue.
Here comes a pretty neat update for all the developer preview and Android users out there. Thanks to the latest changes, you can now synchronize your Opera bookmarks across PC and Android devices.
These are not the only bookmark improvements though as the latest build also brings an option to rename or delete top level folders. Hey, every bit helps. Hopefully, next build will also allow you to hide “Shared by me” and “Bookmarks bar” folders as well as Search Box in the speed dial.