A couple of months ago we told you all about Opera’s futuristic concept browser, Neon. Instead of the standard tabs-on-the-top layout, Neon embraced a more freeform, floating bubbles type approach to tab management. There was a sidebar on the left and circular tabs on the right. Instead of tabs, there were panels that you swiped between.
In Opera’s latest Reborn update (45), Opera has tried to integrate some of those features right in the Opera browser. You’ll now get docked sidebar, with panels for messaging services, sharper graphics, and more.
I’ve always thought of Opera as a great secondary browser, especially for people who use Safari as their default browsers on Mac. Opera has a built-in free VPN feature, the ability to run Chrome extensions, plus it’s not as much of a memory hog as Chrome. Naturally, for a while now, Opera has been trying to claw its way from being a secondary browser to being a primary one. And they’re one of the few major players in this field that are truly experimenting and innovating, at a breakneck pace.
Opera always had a sidebar, but it was only available on the Speed Dial page. Now, there’s a dark sidebar docked on the side, always. This way, you’ll always have access to your history, news, preferences, extensions and more. Don’t worry, there’s a button at the bottom to unpin it so it goes back to the Speed Dial.
The highlight of the new, pinned sidebar is integration with messaging services. You’ll find buttons for Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Telegram right there. One of the biggest things in this new update is how seamlessly you can switch between talking to your friends and browsing the web.
The messaging panels work in two ways, as a pinned panel, or a floating panel. When it’s floating and you click on the Messenger icon, the panel will show up on top of the current page. But if you pin it using the pin icon, it will now be docked to the left side of the page you’re currently now. Now you can resize the panel. Click on the Messenger icon to hide it again, or click on another messaging icon to switch to that service.
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