Opera browser – yet another alternative to IE

I was catching up on TWITcasts recently and got reminded of the first alternative to IE other than Netscape I ever played with. At the point I first started using Opera it was because it was extremely small in terms of download size compared to the increasingly bloated Netscape and IE options. I am glad to say that with version 8 it is still very small, and works nicely. I have only been using it 5 minutes, but I can see it does render pages I normally visit a bit faster. Good feature I noticed: If I close the browser it remembers what web pages were loaded in the tabs. Bad feature I noticed as well: I can’t press Ctrl+Enter with the name of a site to prepend “www” and append “.com” to it. It has a built in RSS reader under the Feeds option, but this just seems a little less useful than Firefox’s bookmarks toolbar.

Opera browser
The most full-featured Internet power tool on the market, Opera includes pop-up blocking, tabbed browsing,
integrated searches, and advanced functions like Opera’s groundbreaking E-mail program, RSS
Newsfeeds and IRC chat. And because we know that our users have different needs, you can
customize the look and content of your Opera browser with a few clicks of the mouse.

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