Opera goes Social with Whatsapp and Facebook Sidebars


On Wednesday, Opera launched a new experimental browser called Neon. Now, the company is adding some of Neon’s features into their main browser in a redesign codenamed “Reborn.”

Reborn comes with light and dark themes and custom backgrounds. The entire browser has been redesigned to be much more visual as well as more consistent across desktop and mobile apps. Dozens of tiny animations have been added to the interactions on the browser. The new version will also feature improvements to the ad blocking apps. The new browser comes integrated with social messenger services, allowing users to chat side-by-side as they browse. Reborn was built with the idea of multitasking at its core and a focus on incorporating messaging apps. Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Telegram come built into the browser.

The apps can be opened in overlay or pinned side-by-side with the current tab. By building in messaging, Opera frees up dedicated tabs or desktop apps that many currently use for messaging
The company said in a statement “Today, Opera becomes the first major browser to integrate social messenger services, allowing users to chat side-by-side as they browse. With the release of the new browser, codenamed “Reborn”, Opera continues on the path to redefine what a web browser should be.”
The new Opera allows user to chat with their friends while browsing. It includes a side tab for messengers allowing simultaneous browsing and chatting.

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There is also an option to pin the messenger tab for better multitasking. Furthermore, the browser comes with easy photo sharing ability by simply dragging any online picture to the messenger’s icon. Users will also find shortcuts to instantly switch between messengers and a menu button that enables them to log out from messengers directly in the browser without having to go to the app. The light and fast nature of the browser makes it a great option for those looking for a change. Opera browser is available for free for Windows, Mac and Linux and you can install it here
The head of Opera browser, Krystian Kolondra said, “Social messengers completely changed our lives by allowing us to work, discover new things and communicate at the same time. This shift has come with smartphones, but desktops and laptops, while theoretically more powerful multi-tasking tools, have been left behind. We believe this need to change.”
Opera wants to make your browser social.

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