Opera 'Reborn' web browser brings new look, social messenger integration and more

Dora Pope
May 13, 2017

Apart from a solid set of features, Opera is expanding itself on the social media front by baking in essential IM outlets right in its browser.

If you get FOMO from being away from Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp, Opera's new update will please you very much. By building in messaging, Opera frees up dedicated tabs or desktop apps that many now use for messaging. However, switching between tabs when responding to a message has been cumbersome and inefficient, until now. "We believe this needs to change", says Opera. They can then simultaneously browse and chat, with shortcuts installed to switch between the different messengers, Opera said in a press release.

The Sidebar can be pinned and will work side by side with whatever website you are browsing.

But more importantly, Reborn includes some security and performance features, too.

With the latest update, you can open the messengers whenever you want and pin them, so conversations do not interfere with whatever you are working on.

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Earlier this year, Opera launched a new experimental browser called Neon, which imagined a complete redesign of Opera. More important, Opera now ships with a "modern, simplified, refined and playful" new user interface with an updated layout, simpler, light and more efficient tabs, that new sidebar, new icons, high DPI support, animations, and more.

The messaging sidebar is built right into the browser interface and once users log in to their accounts, messaging becomes far more accessible. With the new browser, Opera allows the messengers to reside within your browser without the need to install any extensions or apps.

Ars Technica noted that Opera's ad blocker automatically whitelists four sites: Facebook, Google, Yandex, and Baidu.

If you are exhausted of picking up your phone just to reply to a simple message, then Opera's latest Reborn browser for the desktop might interest you in a lot of ways.

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