Opera today announced the latest version of its web browser for Mac, Windows and Linux, codenamed Reborn 3.
“The web has transformed our lives,” Opera executive vice president Krystian Kolondra says. “We are now continuously online. But the more time we spend online, the more we need tools that help us control the security and privacy of our digital lives. With this major upgrade, we are taking the first step into Web 3, the new Web, where users are in control. We believe every browser in 2019 should be Web 3-ready.”
Opera 60, as the browser is officially named, includes the following features and changes.
Web 3 support. Described as the “blockchain-based Internet of the future,” Web 3 provides support for new types of transaction-based web applications. “Blockchain technology has evolved from just storing funds or speculation into a technology which will shape the Internet of tomorrow,” Kolondra notes.
Crypto Wallet support. The new Crypto Wallet in Opera syncs with the Crypto Wallet in the Opera browser for Android, providing users with a means to identify themselves to Web 3 websites or sign a blockchain transaction. Authorization occurs via the smartphone app.
Improved VPN. The unlimited browser VPN in Opera 60 is now faster than before and provides a secure, encrypted tunnel to protect user data hide their geographical location. It doesn’t require a log-in.
Updated design. In keeping with its view that the web browser user interface shouldn’t get in the way of the content that users are viewing, Opera 60 features a new borderless design with light and dark themes.
<p>No thanks China! ?</p>
<p>Opera contains a few weird quirks, such as instead of 2-finger swiping right or left on a touch mouse to go backwards and forwards a page, you have to hold down the right mouse button while dragging the entire mouse left or right. This is very inconvenient and not intuitive at all. Most browsers just simply support the 2-finger swipe, why does Opera not?</p>
<p>Write-ups for an earlier version said that the "VPN" was just a proxy not a true VPN. I wonder if that's still true.</p>