Opera unveils Neon browser

Michael Cottuli

If you’ve been looking for a new browser to experiment with, you should take a look at Opera’s new experimental browser: Neon. Neon serves as one of the first truly different looking browsers that we’ve seen in quite some time, and while it may not be to everybody’s liking, there’s most certainly a lot of potential in it.

Check out Opera’s official video on the browser to get an idea of what it’s like to use Neon.

The browser feels odd at first, although that’s understandable – it was made with the intention of shaking up the way we look at web browsing. New users might be struck by the transparency of the outer edge of the browser, and the lack of any “tabs” – a feature that was replaced with bubbles on the right side of the browser.

You can snap two different pages into the browser (for instance, have Messenger up on half of your screen and Twitter on the other) and you can crop pictures out of the browser in a way similar to Windows’ Snipping Tool. There’s also an interesting media player feature, which lets you play your music and videos without changing tabs.

It’s going to take a while to really appreciate what this browser can – and can’t – do. It’s publicly available, so you might as well give it a shot if you’re looking for something new to look at.