Opera continues to improve its web browser with the release of Opera 41. Over the past year, it has made notable changes to the software including adding a free VPN mode and reducing memory usage via heap compaction. Opera says this version focuses on "speed and performance," featuring a better managed tab startup process and more efficient video processing.
In a blog post, Opera explained:
“Now, the new smarter startup sequence makes the browser start up faster by prioritizing which of the previously-used tabs are likely to be most important for you. As such, the most recently active tab and any pinned tabs will load first, while less important tabs will be loaded with decreased priority.”
Opera claims an 86 percent improvement in speed over Opera 40, based on a test that has each browser open 42 different tabs from both a cold and warm start. Check out the video below to see the difference between the previous and new versions in opening 12 different tabs.
Opera has also fully implemented hardware-accelerated video pop outs, which it says reduces the strain on the CPU by as much as 30 percent. In addition, Opera asserts a 30 percent increase in battery life while video conferencing, since the browser now prioritizes hardware-accelerated codecs.
Finally, the release brings changes to the built-in news feed, including easier RSS integration as well as navigation and UI changes.
This latest version can now be downloaded directly from Opera page, though it has been available via beta channels since the beginning of the month.