Opera releases developer preview of its redesigned desktop browser

Opera yesterday released a brand new refresh of their desktop browser UI in the developer stream. They were working on it under the codename Reborn and we will see new features in the future.

Opera’s entire design has been updated with a high-quality graphical design and the new sidebar is more subtle and refined, with a touch of animation. Speed Dial has also got a new look with smooth animations.

For the first time, Opera is available in two theme colors: light and dark. Another major change you can notice is that Opera’s sidebar has been moved from Speed Dial to the main browser window. They have added the ability to keep Messenger.com as a side tab allowing users to keep in touch with their friends and family all the time.

To use Facebook Messenger in Opera, click the icon on the top of the sidebar. After you log in to the site, there are two ways of using Facebook Messenger in the sidebar: you can open it in overlay or pin it and use it side-by-side with your current tab. The second option allows you to combine online chat with a full browsing experience.

With this redesign, they have also simplified the installation process. The installer requires no clicks after it is started. Users can also make use of the full installation process by choosing the “Download the offline package” option on their download page. Download it here and give it a try.

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