Opera has launched a new web browser called ‘Reborn’ and one of the key highlights is the integration of popular messaging services. This includes WhatsApp, Messenger, and Telegram by pinning them on the sidebar. With the integration of these messaging apps, it helps avoid the clutter of having to open numerous tabs while working on the desktop. Opera Reborn is available on Windows, Mac and Linux platforms.
The new Opera browser has a dedicated sidebar which is located on the left side. At the top of the sidebar, the Opera logo is visible where you can tap to customize the browser. Below the Opera logo, you will see Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Telegram already pinned one after another. On clicking the icons, the app will expand and you can start chatting with your friends. This avoids the need to open a different tab to use Messenger, WhatsApp or Telegram for that matter.
There is an option to dock and undock these apps as well. Docking the app will add it to the browser and one can resume other browsing activities on the right side while chatting at the same time. There is a pin icon on the top right of the apps which can be clicked to activate the docking option.
I tried out Messenger and WhatsApp on the new Opera browser, and the functionality was quite smooth and easy. One can choose to remove these apps from the sidebar as well. There are additional options on the sidebar below the apps, such as Opera’s Speed Dial, Bookmarks, Personal News, History and Extensions. There is an option to remove the sidebar altogether which is located on the bottom of the page. The sidebar will be however be restored on opening a fresh home page. ALSO READ: Google Chrome for Android gets new improved features to download and find webpages offline
Opera is yet to integrate other messaging apps like Skype, WeChat or Viber for that manner. But choosing to integrating Messenger and WhatsApp on the browser is a clever move considering these are the most popular messaging apps globally. Facebook recently announced that both Messenger and WhatsApp have 1.2 billion monthly active users. ALSO READ: WhatsApp’s Stories feature has 175 million daily users; surpasses Snapchat
Opera’s ‘Reborn’ browser comes after it had released its concept browser Neon. One of the essential features of Opera Neon was “discovering new content and chatting with friends, or even sharing online discoveries while browsing.” Opera has brought in this feature of Neon to Reborn. Besides integrating the messaging apps, Opera Reborn also comes with a fresh look, new icons, refreshed Speed Dial and also a dark theme for the browser. ALSO READ: Opera Neon: Hands-on and first impressions