Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/164367/first-webkit-based-version-of-opera-browser-now-available-for-download-overview/
Opera recently surprised people with an announcement that they would stop development of the Presto browser engine and switch to Webkit going forward. Now you can get a first look at the new Webkit-based version of Opera with our quick overview and try it out for yourself using the download link we have to share with you.
I hope they bring something to the table that makes them stick out or opera will just be another chromium browser that's no different than any other. I liked opera until it decided to import my firefox bookmarks without asking on install. i uninstalled it and never used it again after that. the speed was awesome, though.
I like off-road mode and stash, it has a coolness factor. I've been playing with it a while and it does have a certain look, feel and speed of opera about it. this could be my chrome replacement. very nice.
It will definitely be preferable to Chrome/Chromium once they get this settled into a stable build. ^_^
I believe it's also using V8. So, The Chrome webstore should work just as it is.. right?
No, this new version of Opera is not able to install extensions, etc. from the Chrome Store. It uses the same Opera Extensions 'store' as before.
Hopefully they'll be more flexible with extensions. Currently X-Marks and Reddit Enhancement Suite aren't working with it. That would be a deal-breaker for me.
I think many feel like this:http://i.qkme.me/3umhd9.jpg:)
Ok, the download link for the latest release of Opera (May 30th) has been added to the article.
The old download link has been left in the article since it is necessary for downloading the stand-alone Opera Mail app.