A cult favorite if ever there was one, the Opera web browser has always been something of a quirky cousin to the more popular — or at least more widely used — alternatives of Internet Explorer or Firefox. Packed with new features, the newest version 11 release adds in some technology that other browsers only offer through third party extensions.
More and more, complex applications are being ported to the web and cloud environments, and the choice of browser used to access this software is becoming as important as the choice of operating system on which it runs. As it stands, Opera is a distant runner up to the previously mentioned browsers in use today.
If Opera can keep adding attractive and powerful features like those being introduced in Opera 11, it may just manage to stick around for the foreseeable future. Without a big name like Google, Mozilla or Firefox behind it, Opera will likely never be the first place browser in terms of the sheer number of surfers who use it. Keeping other companies on their toes, however, may just be good enough.
You can download the new Opera 11 here.