Well, I think the day has almost come. I've been a die-hard Opera user for a long time, nearly a decade now I think. The announcement that Opera was going to move to Chromium for their rendering engine originally fueled hope that the browser might gain more life after it's long and slow demise (and increased number of web sites actively blocking it, despite total compatibility with all features used by said sites.)
Since the release of Opera Next, I have really been nothing but disappointed. Opera up through version 12 was STUPENDOUS because of one thing: FEATURES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You had it nailed, every essential feature for using the internet was present in Opera. There was nothing the browser did not do, and it did all of them quite well. It had features no other browser on the face of the planet had. It was the reason it had a cult following, being so immensely capable as it was.
Opera Next? This is about the single most gimped browser on the planet. The development team has focused on everything EXCEPT the things that their users seem to care about. For example, the single largest feature demand since Opera Next hit the streets: Bookmarks? Were five separate version releases in, now at Opera 20, and BOOKMARKS are still nowhere to be found. NOWHERE! BOOKMARKS!!!! Good GOD, I cannot STRESS how USELESS the stash feature is. It is 100% USELESS. It's pretty, but it's useless. WHERE THE HELL ARE BOOKMARKS?!
What about BASIC customization? I think I can change a search engine in one of the places search is used. What about the rest? What about the ability to change around the UI to be more conducive to how I work? What about thumbnail tabs, or at the very least, tab popup previews (I used both features, as I am a multi-window browser...in some browsers I keep thumbnail tabs and a few tabs, others I have dozens of tabs open so popup previews were often essential for finding the pages I needed.)
Here is a really EXQUISITE feature of Opera 12 that I have a CRITICAL need for: Ctrl-tabbing between tabs such that I can swap back and forth between two pages directly? In Opera 12, I used to be able to ctrl-tab from my current tab to the previously used tab, then ctrl-tab back. Now? Now, tabbing works in the same useless manner that Chrome does: It cycles through ALL OPEN TABS! That is USELESS! Not only that, it's a WASTE OF TIME and EXTREMELY FRUSTRATING!
What in god's name is going on here with Opera? You guys have COMPLETELY LOST SIGHT of the things that made Opera up through version 12 the wonderful browser it was: It's unique features! What are you doing now? WASTING time with more useless or unproductive features like Stash, or making Opera "JACC", Just Another Chrome Clone! Chrome SUCKS! Compared to Opera 12, it's a pitiful excuse for a browser. Opera Next? It's even MORE pitiful. In it's current state, it's a waste of disk space (and I have about 20TB of space...so that should REALLY TELL YOU SOMETHING.)
I'm so incredibly disappointed and dismayed about Opera Next that I can't really even express it. I'm mortified at how you've DECIMATED it's features, how you just threw out the door every single useful feature I used to rely on to make my web browsing experience pleasant, enjoyable, and productive. I am CONSTANTLY frustrated by all the crappy behavior, such as the ctrl-tab behavior, the lack of tab previews, etc. Opera has become a pitiful excuse of a browser, and doesn't even qualify as a shadow of it's former self...its a fragment of a shadow of the shadow of Opera 12.
I really, truly, seriously hope the Opera developers get their collective head out of their collective ass, and start working on adding back the things that once made Opera 12 the best browser on planet earth: It's unique, perfect features that made browsing the web a wonderful experience. Drop bullshit features like Stash, and restore those simple and critical features like bookmarks, the most ubiquitous feature that EVERY modern browser offers. If by Opera 21 I don't at least have bookmarks, I'm done. Forever. Because this is just some kind of cosmic joke, and it's no longer funny.