When it comes to browsing the web, what’s your tool of choice? Google’s Chrome browser is the world’s most popular desktop internet portal, likely in part because it integrates so well with other popular Google products and there are so many useful extensions. Internet Explorer and Edge are popular with Windows users since they come preinstalled on PCs that run Microsoft’s operating system, while many Mac users stick with Safari. And then there’s Firefox, which was a hugely popular option until Chrome came along.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg. There are actually dozens of web browsers out there, many of which you haven’t even heard of. Some are better than others but by and large, a browser is a browser is a browser. They all look about the same and they all function about the same. But Opera has a bold vision for the future of web browsing, and the company just released an exciting new concept web browser that is available for download right now.
Tabs. An address bar. Buttons. Favorites. A browser window. There are variations here and there, but most browsers have the same basic look and functionality. Opera Neon is not most browsers.
In a sense, Neon is a web operating system that lives on top of either Windows or macOS. Many people spend almost all of their time on a desktop or laptop computer in the browser anyway, so it makes sense to take things in this direction. By creating an app-like interface and adding in smart features like an intelligent tab management system, a simple split-screen view and a versatile and configurable omnibox, Neon lets the user stay inside a single browser window while multitasking. There’s even a feature similar to picture-in-picture that lets users pop out a video and continue watching while browsing other pages.
“Web browsers of today are basically from the last millennium, a time when the web was full of documents and pages,” Opera boss Krystian Kolondra said. “With the Opera Neon project, we want show people our vision for the future of the web.”
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SOURCE: BGR, Zach Epstein