Opera, which was my favorite browser since 2003, has recently switched to the new rendering engine, Blink. Blink is a fork of Apple's popular WebKit engine; there are a number of browsers which use it as well. Opera claimed that they will work with Google to improve and extend Blink, and even since they went in that direction, Opera looks and acts more and more like Google Chrome. Personally for me, the user experience does not have anything in common with the classic Opera browser any more.
If you miss the classic Opera browser, there's good news for you: you can easily get almost any previous version of the classic Opera installer for free.
There is a hidden part of the Opera web site which stores all previous versions of the Opera browser. Here are instructions on how to access it:
- Open the following link in your browser: http://arc.opera.com/pub/opera/win/. It will take you directly to the Windows versions archive. If you need an older version of Opera Mobile or the Linux version, then see the full list of supported OS and devices here.
- Find the desired version in the table and click it. Note that the version numbers are without the period, so version 12.11 looks like 1211.
- Inside the folder of the desired version, you will find more folders like "en", "intl" and some others. They represent the language. Click the "en" link if you to get the setup in English, or click "intl" to get the international installer.
- On the last page, you will get direct links to the Opera installer of the version you selected.
Note that not all versions are available there. For example, I keep the Opera 12.15 installer for myself, but the latest classic version available from the Opera archive is 12.11.
I do not recommend you to use classic Opera as your primary web browser, because it will become outdated quickly and probably may contain many security vulnerabilities. Consider migrating to a supported, latest version of another browser as your primary browser. Personally, I have switched to Mozilla Firefox because of extremely useful addons which Google Chrome, for example, does not have.
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