I've stuck with Opera all these years, even thought I confess it has not been my default browser for a long time now. I have gone to it as the ultimate test for web page rendering and still maintain a nostalgic love for it's own eccentricities. But, how the world has changed since that love at first sight. Internet Explorer, version 10, is well poised to take back it's lead in the browser world, and Opera ... well, Opera was purchased by the gang of thugs over at Facebook. They swore to let it live a life of it's own, but what company would be so fatally flawed as to bite the hand that feeds it? I can't help thinking that Facebook and it's myriad of user unfriendly security issues has made a fatal imprint on the latest Opera release, version 15. It's not what it used to be, and like Microsoft with it's blundering into Windows 8, Opera will be doing some backtracking if it intends to keep its user base at a profitable level.
Apparently search engines are all equal at the core. The web engine called WebKit runs them all, or did in the past several years. Opera decided the Blink search engine model is the way to go these days, and has abandoned some of the critical user needs from a browser in it's efforts. Bookmarks as we know them do not exist in the latest offering of Opera. They have some very convoluted ways of managing what used to be bookmarks, but the learning curve is complex and burdensome. It's not the kind of thing you want to spend hours pouring over to research the equally convoluted help system for answers. I will say that Opera presents itself as a very clean an neat browser well suited for mobile devices. Be that as it may, there STILL is no bookmark management provided in the native code.
For now I will drop Opera off the top of my recommended browser list. It's worth a try when you have a lot of time to research obscure technical facts (are you listening, Glenn?), but for the average person who just wants a web page to be called from their list of bookmarked pages, go elsewhere.
Here is how I see the list of preferred browsers today. None are perfect for my needs, but this is the order in which I prefer to use them.
- Firefox Nightly Build
Firefox Final Release
Maxthon Cloud Browser
Internet Explorer 10
I suppose Safari should be in the list somewhere too, but I've not gotten around to evaluating it yet.