Unfortunately, many software companies today seem to have the arrogant "we know what's best for you" attitude, and will continue to do so as long as the end users put up with it. Microsoft had to learn the hard way when folks started downgrading to Windows 7 because Windows 8 was so horrible. They tried to walk it back with the 8.1 "upgrade" which simply downgraded W8 by "sort of" putting back the features that everyone was ticked off about. Then they FINALLY figured out, DUH...., why not ask the end users what they actually want and let them in on the development end so they might have a chance to release a product people will actually LIKE.
OPERA's developers might need to experience the same lesson. I only just "upgraded" to this horror show because I got a new 8.1 laptop, and couldn't get the Flash plug in to play nice with Opera 1217x64, because you can no longer make the stand alone version work. Surprise, surprise! No customization, no home page, no choice in how the browser opens, no synchronization, YOU CAN'T EVEN MASS IMPORT BOOKMARKS FROM THEIR OWN OLDER VERSIONS!!! WTF????
So I too now have the older version for doing everything but watching videos, which is hysterically ironic since the new version is supposed to be the wave of the future. What a joke.