The desktop versions of the Opera web browser now integrate Instagram into the sidebar alongside popular messaging services like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and others.
“Many of us have been staying at home as much as possible and relying more on social media to stay in touch with our friends and loved ones,” Opera’s Maciej Kocemba writes. “Today we are releasing the newest version of our browser with built-in Instagram and some further improvements.”
The addition of Instagram to the Opera sidebar is interesting. The browser already integrates with Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Telegram, and VKontakte, and Opera says that usage of these messaging services has skyrocketed during the Coronavirus stay-at-home era. With this Instagram integration, the browser will now allow users to access that service on a bigger screen than on mobile, and with a larger keyboard.
“Having messengers at your fingertips lets you access them when you want, like after finishing a task or an article in your browser,” Kocemba says. “It’s also a quick and easy way to check in with your friends or share files, articles, or photos, before getting back to work.”
Opera 68 also provides Workspaces for managing tab groups, a Spotlight-like Search in Tabs feature (with a similar CTRL + SPACE keyboard shortcut), and new security badges. Plus, it automatically highlights any duplicate tabs.