Opera 57 Arrives with Start Page Improvements

Posted on November 29, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Cloud, Mac and macOS, Windows 10 with 4 Comments

The latest desktop version of the Opera web browser is here, adding a smarter news recommendation engine with an integrated Netflix recommendations section to its start page.

“The new version of the Opera browser makes it easier for you to stay informed on the latest news and enthralled by the latest Netflix series,” Opera’s Robert Tomaszewski explains. “Also, like and dislike buttons are on every news article for you to click on, helping Opera’s AI recommendation engine to deliver more interesting news to your start page.”

Here’s what’s new.

News recommendation improvements. The News section of Opera 57’s start page has been enhanced with AI-driven personalized news recommendations. This system is opt-in, and you can select the news topics that interest you. As you use this feature, you can like or dislike articles to “nudge the AI mechanism” and better personalize the experience, Opera says.

Netflix recommendations. In an interesting bit of cross-production functionality, Opera users with Netflix accounts in select countries will be able to get Netflix recommendations right in the News section of the browser’s start page. You can add movies and TV shows to your queue from there, and they’ll appear in Netflix the next time you access the service on whatever device. This feature is available now in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czechia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. And Opera says it will add more locations soon.

UI touch-ups. Opera 57 features a more compact styling for its Settings page, an improved page-opening mechanism to avoid flashbang impressions, and the ability to close pinned tabs without having to unpin them first. And some bug fixes, of course.

You can download Opera 57 for Windows from the Opera website. It’s also available for Mac, Linux (deb), Linux (RPM), and Linux (snap).


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Comments (4)

4 responses to “Opera 57 Arrives with Start Page Improvements”

  1. red.radar

    Generally.... start pages are not that interesting to me. I just want it to go to a blank page. I am usually typing in a url... I don’t want adds and spammy stories getting into my experience

  2. Rycott

    My start pages in most of my browsers that allow it are just a bunch of bookmarks to frequently visited pages I go to. If I want news I'll go to a news app.

  3. ianhead

    Lately I've started finding that I'm more productive with a blank page than anything. Even frequent sites and bookmarks, I'd rather have hidden, else I end up just going to a site like Reddit or YouTube by impulse and forget what I even opened the tab for.

    Guess I'm easily distracted. Stuff like news feeds is cool if all you do is surf all day, I suppose.

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