Opera 41 for Windows was announced today and it includes improved startup experience, longer battery time when video conferencing and lower CPU usage for video pop-out.
With the new smarter startup sequence, Opera 41 makes the browser start up faster by prioritizing which of the previously-used tabs are likely to be most important for you. As such, the most recently active tab and any pinned tabs will load first, while less important tabs will be loaded with decreased priority. Test results show an average improvement of 86% when testing startup time with more than 42 tabs open in the previous sessions.
When using battery saving mode, Opera now detects which video codec can be hardware-accelerated and tries to choose that codec when doing video conferencing via WebRTC (this includes services such as Google Hangouts).
With Opera 41, you get a fully hardware-accelerated video pop-out. This should greatly limit the need for CPU support and free your PC resources for other things while you watch your favorite movies. The test results show up to 30% less CPU usage after this change.
Download it here from Opera.