Opera has unveiled a new user interface for its desktop browser which places instant messaging services such as WhatsApp and Messenger directly in its sidebar.
In recent weeks, Opera has used its new Neon browser to test out a variety of zany ideas – and now the company has brought one such addition out of the concept lab into its official desktop browser.
Under the moniker of ‘Reborn’ – the project that is overseeing a radical redesign of the standard Opera browser’s user interface – a new change has placed popular instant messaging clients such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Telegram directly in the browser sidebar. Read: Google seemingly has plans to build an adblocker into Chrome
The update, though perhaps superficial, gives users direct and easy access to their favourite instant messaging clients directly from within the browser itself, without adding the need for users to bookmark either WhatsApp or Telegram’s web clients or open either client in a new tab or window.
The move is one of several small efforts Opera has made to rekindle interest in its desktop browser given the surging popularity of contenders such as Google Chrome.
The company continues to port small changes over from Neon, in which it launched its most sizeable take on an ultra-modern user interface. For example, Neon styles itself as more of an ‘overlay’ – leveraging a user’s desktop wallpaper to seem as if websites are ‘floating’ above the fold – to give an indication of how web browsers could look and feel in the future. Read: Google announces it will axe Chrome Apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux
What are your thoughts? Would small changes like this tempt you to migrate to Opera, or have the likes of Chrome, Edge, Safari and Firefox stolen your heart? Be sure to let us know your opinion in the comments below!
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