The days when major browser updates were few and far between are over. Nowadays, it’s de rigueur for browser manufacturers to speed up development, which means opening up less stable builds to the masses in order to get them bug-checked as quickly as possible.
Opera is no exception, and Opera Developer adopts the same approach to Firefox Nightly in providing a completely separate installation of the latest unstable version of Opera for people to road-test without affecting their day-to-day browsing.
The reasoning is simple: you get to try out the new features without affecting your existing installation, so if the developmental version is too buggy for your tastes, you can use your tried and trusted version, no problem. And because Opera Developer updates as soon as the latest development build is released, you can keep checking back regularly to see what’s up and coming and whether the bugs you’ve encountered have been fixed yet.
You’ll be able to differentiate between Stable, Next and Developer builds by the colour of the program icon: Opera’s final stable build icon remains red, Next is a silver grey, while Opera Developer's icon is blue, meaning it’ll be safe for even relatively inexperienced users to try out new features before they become generally available.
Note that this is a very early preview of Opera.
What's new (or planned) in Opera Developer 38 compared to Beta 37?
- Enhanced privacy online with Opera’s free VPN
- Video pop-up.
- New personal news. You can pick your favorite sites from the over 8,000 sources.
- Custom ad-blocking list support. Load your own files in the block-list form.
- Prompt on risky downloads: we’ve had a few objections regarding the current implementation of the solution, but we decided to turn it on as it enhances user security
- The Windows x64 experimental installer is now fixed and should work correctly
- The middle-click action on the bookmarks bar folders is also fixed
- We’ve fixed a minor nuisance related to Google Hangouts not working without the proper plug-in
- The Bluejeans plug-in should now work seamlessly
- A few crashes should disappear since we’ve fixed the root causes