Web User Experience: Browser Issues Solved with Opera

Website interaction has become an ever increasing part of overall computer use for most of us. This means that web browsers have even more importance as one of the most widely used application programs on your box. This is true for PCs, be it as a desktop or laptop variant, tablets, and all sorts of mobile devices used for accessing the Worldwide web.

The Google-dominated Firefox browser, derived from the original “Mosaic Netscape” flavors of the olden days, has been the web browser of choice for the majority of web users for some time now. Frequent updates of this browsers mean frequent improvements, but sometimes they may spell trouble or are less popular. This is one of the reasons many users disable auto-updates and try staying with a tested and proven browser version for as long as possible. (It is never a very good idea to auto-update blindly into everything some developer or other forces down your throat without thorough real-life testing by other users.)

The recent Firefox update which introduced a new browser layout (among many other less visible updates) is a good example of a version update many would rather do without. Not only is the new layout not popular with everyone, but the fact that Firefox is becoming more and more bloated and demanding on system resources alone is sufficient reason to be not happy with this. That this version update has been forced upon users even where auto-update had been disabled does not help the measure’s popularity either.

Reason enough for many users to start looking into better solutions than Firefox again.

This is precisely the time when attention turns to the Opera browser which has been well-known for many years now and is always a good option when it comes to solving problems caused by the “big two”, Firefox and Safari (or Internet Explorer, for those who still believe in or for some other reason are stuck with some flavor of MS-Windows).

The Opera browser has a long-running reputation for gentleness on overall system resources as well as “running on all platforms”, i e versions available for all operating systems (which even included Atari, BeOS and IBM’s old OS/2 systems earlier). It is not only worth a try, but Opera is definitely a good — if not better — solution for everyone concerned about general performance and system speed. Opera also includes a highly functional and slick-looking e-mail client. Dissatisfaction with recent Firefox updates — or general Mozilla products, if their dumbed-down attempt of an e-mail client called Thunderbird is included in our considerations here — may serve as a good reason for finally solving the problem with that browser named after a rock on the Svalbard Islands off northern Norway.