Opera Reborn browser brings built-in messaging, dark theme and more

Opera has announced it code name Reborn browser for Windows desktop. The latest Opera Reborn browser comes with new features, including integrated messaging services. The latest version Opera 45 codenamed Reborn also includes a new sidebar with WhatsApp, Telegram, and Facebook Messenger integration. Check out more details below.

New Opera Reborn browser features:

Chat with your friends while browsing

Opera Reborn browser includes messengers like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Telegram. To use any of them, simply click their icon. After you log in to the site, there are two ways of using this feature: you can open it in an overlay or pin it side-by-side with your current tab. Pinning a communicator allows you to combine online chatting with a full browsing experience. You can also decide which of the messengers to enable in your sidebar by selecting them under ‘Customize start page.’

Give your browser a new coat of colors

Reborn is a project that is incrementally redesigning the entirety of Opera’s user experience. Apart of the new messenger experience, it brings you several UI improvements. The browser now includes a dark theme.

You can also select one of the new backgrounds that perfectly complement Opera’s new look and feel. For this final release, we have prepared some completely new ones.

Fresh look and feel

Opera 45 now has a completely new user interface that is truly modern, simplified, refined and playful. The entire layout has been updated with a new, high-quality graphical design that is more consistent across platforms. The tabs are simplified, lighter and more elegant, making it easier to locate open tabs. The new sidebar is more subtle and refined with a touch of animation.

New icons are even more refined and elegant, and some even change colors when active. We have carefully optimized the icons for various DPIs in order to make them look perfect. Animations make the Reborn interface more alive and playful. The most visible one can be found when opening private mode.

More control over ad blocking

Apart of completely new user experience, the new version also brings you ad blocker improvements. Now, Opera automatically reloads a page when toggling ad blocking on or off for that page. It’s especially useful if you want to quickly flip the switch, and it gives you much more control and comfort while browsing with ad blocker.

Also, the company has added some important changes to the block list management. Now, you have control over which block lists are loaded. Easylist and EasyPrivacy are turned on by default. Other lists, including regional and custom lists, can now be managed through the “Manage Lists…” dialog.

Performance and security changes

The latest Opera Reborn browser sends more videos to the GPU for decoding on Windows. This will allow for significantly higher framerates, higher resolutions, and lower battery usage for these videos.

Opera adds in-form warnings for sensitive fields when the top-level page is not HTTPS. Whenever you start filling in your password or credit card number on a page, which is not HTTPS, the warning will appear.

Under the hood Changes

Opera 45 comes with Chromium 58, and there’s a bunch of changes and improvements.

Download Opera 45 Reborn

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