Wanted to add one more item to my list of 6 above:
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The NEW Opera is a much better product than 12.16, except for the missing features/functionality. Software companies never understand that you cannot take functionality out that Users use a lot (Like the missing toolbar in Windows 7 vs XP)
I started using Opera Next a few months ago, and have gradually started to like it. Today I use it for about 90% of my work. I would give it a B+. It is definitely faster to load and unload, and to access web-pages and email, etc. I have not had any problems or crashes - as my Windows 7 x64 Notebook is setup like a TANK, and is totally up to date - without any garbage.
STOP GRIPING about the Chrome Engine.
Chrome Engine + ALL Opera Features = A GREAT PRODUCT.
I still have 12.16, that I HAVE TO USE the remaining 10% of time - which is still slow.
Things that I miss the most, and I am eagerly waiting for from the Opera Desktop Team are:
If Opera feels that Bookmarks and RSS feeds bloat the product they should release them as extensions - for users who NEED them.
Other than that, I use a few extensions to get my job done. No other customizations.
My Opera Next installation has been updating itself.
I have lost the functionality to "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media".
Cannot remove USB drives. This works with Opera 12.12 - on the same machine and others.
I am running Opera 12.16 x64 on Win-7 x64 - Intel I5 - 8GB RAM. I have installed Opera_Next_19.0.1326.21 (x32) side-by-side. (See my post elsewhere).
Almost all the gmail problems are gone. Do not have a scroll bar for my contacts/labels, but I can scroll over it for the time being. Gmail is finally working as it should. Some images do not display - although settings are set to display all images... Some sites may still have a problem with pictures/graphics, etc..
I consider myself an Opera Power User. I use almost all the features and menus and tool-bars and panels, advanced settings, about 4000-5000 bookmarks (6-7 levels deep), rss, new tab, etc, etc. The only feature that I do not use is mouse gestures.
Opera links for synchronization never really worked for bookmarks - so I have a week's worth of bookmarks, sessions, passwords and speed-dials backed up - just in case things went awry. Especially bookmarks - try it on different machines, after synchronization - guaranteed to get screwed up.
Where is the master password, old-tab order, double-clicking to close tabs, etc, etc - I could go on and on and on.
Given the current situation, with the new Opera (toothless and featureless), I have found a work-around - until Opera gets the functionality from 12.16 into the new Opera - in a future version.
In addition to 12.16, I have installed Opera Next V19.0.1326.21 alongside (the last Next version until Christmas). I do like the speed and the much smoother operation of Gmail in the Next version, and some of the tweaks that I had been waiting for. Also like the way its shuts down immediately - maybe because there is no sync. I get approx 120-150 emails a day, and probably have to respond to at least half of them, in addition to emails that I originate.
But, Where is the BEEF?
I keep running Opera Next, until I need to switch back to 12.16, and sometimes I have to copy an url and paste it into 12.16 to save a bookmark, or a Speed-dial. Gmail is open in both. I just have different sessions open in the two versions - about 40-50 open tabs in 12.16, and about 10 in Next.
Opera until now had been an innovator. Now it is trying to be a follower. Could they have just changed out the engine, and added the new tweaks that are nice. Where is the old download window? Why copy others? What happened to your KISS methodology? You had a good thing going. Any many, many such examples. Why strip out Mail/rss? The one great thing about Opera was that you did not need multiple apps - until your New Opera, where although you have started from scratch - you should not have stripped out the key/main functions that us Long-Timers (the Opera faithful) admired and loved so much.
Seems like I will be running 12.16, and the latest version of Opera Next for a long, long time. I am not sure how long it will be before I can ditch 12.16 and Next for One Unified Version of Opera.
Keep up the good work Opera, but do not keep us waiting for a long time.
If others have any other nifty ideas, please continue with positive ideas. Or, if I have missed any of your most used features, please add them here.
In addition, Opera will be discontinuing MyOpera in favor of Social Sites in April 2014. What a bummer, as I am not on any of the social sites. Just do not have the time for that teenager stuff.
Also how can I post a list of issues with Opera Next directly to Opera? File a Bug Wizard Report for each one? I do not think so. It has to be simple, like posting on this forum.
PS: Running Win-7 x64 on Intel I-5 with 8GB of RAM - Opera 12.16 is x64 and obviously Next is x86.