Opera 6 browser — pros and cons


Opera 6 is a viable alternative to IE and Netscape browsers. Both a free and a paid-for version are available for download, with the latter costing roughly $40 for excluding the banner ads shown by the freeware version.

One of the main benefits of adopting Opera is its support of the multiple document interface (MDI). Unlike IE and Netscape, Opera gives you the option of confining all your open browser windows to a single
taskbar icon. No matter how many pop-ups spring open, your taskbar remains free of additional clutter. Simply cycle through all the open windows using
a menu tab. Moreover, you can actually open multiple “sets” of Opera browsers, each with a distinct taskbar icon but containing multiple browser
panes. Keep your work sites in one set and recreation sites in another, for example. However Opera also supports the more conventional
single document interface (SDI), which will occupy your taskbar with new icons as far as the eye can see.
Despite its functionality, Opera doesn’t replicate everything the other browsers do. For example, it doesn’t have a plug-in to support Windows Media Player (though many people might see that as a plus!). And Opera 6 is a bulky download (more than 10 MB when bundled with native Java support). Nonfunctional Help buttons within certain dialog boxes and a quirky Hotclick feature will demand some patience from new users.

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