Thoughts on Opera Next
I have been using Opera Next 18.0 as my primary browser for the past few weeks. This is the first version of Opera with the guts of Chromium.
I should mention, for the unfamiliar, Opera Next is essentially the Beta version of the Opera browser. It is pre-release software and thus not fully complete yet. Chrome has a similar beta build called Canary.
So please understand that I’m discussing a not entirely finished product. My thoughts:
1. Blink (very good)
One of my motivators for trying it out is that under the hood Opera Next is now using Blink, the rendering engine Google forked from Webkit.
I’ve used Opera as my main browser in the past, but usually ended up moving back to Safari or Chrome because its own Presto rendering engine tended to be a bit quirky. No more.
With Blink they’re literally using the same engine as Chrome so those quirks are a thing of the past.
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