Not sure if I'm placing this in the right place, anyway here it is.
I must be one of the oldest Opera browser users around :), and until now a very happy one. I'm using Opera in desktop and mobile for probably more than 15 years.
I might fit in a small percentage of users, but Opera always had ways that were simply better, and many times they were first (or at least among mainstream browsers).
From tabs, convenient page zoom (also I'm weird but linking zoom setting to sites doesn't make sense), history search, dictionary and translate with context menu, hide or show images as it should be implemented, "goto web address" before others, great page save implementation, sessions, customization (even if sometimes a bit confusing) ... and many others.
With recent shift in Opera development, all (or close to that) Opera's advantages are gone. I'm sure benchmark tests run faster now and by using the same Chrome rendering engine, site compatibility is better, but I wonder why not just use Chrome? As it is now Chrome seems a more complete browser. Opera became just like the rest... but worse :(.
I'm still using the "classic" version of Opera and is still OK, but I fear the way it was abandoned will make me shift to Chrome (and I don't like Chrome or any other browser - they can be even annoying - like per example Chrome thinks it's smarter than me by closing itself when I close the last tab - again I might be weird - but that's just stupid.
I wish the best luck to Opera company and to all the people working there, but without proper differentiation I also fear that the days (or years) of the company are counted. I know the recent financial results were good, but once the amazing mobile growth stops compensating the Opera mobile share bleeding, problems will arise. I hope I'm wrong, but the last time I wrote something like this it was to Nokia even before the iPod was born... and we know what happened.... Well I do hope I'm wrong this time.... Even better, make Opera great again.
Maybe I'm just selfish, but I want my great opera browser back. Regards.