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Opera 12 Adds Themes, Do Not Track, Hardware Acceleration

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What the Opera browser lacks in market domination on the desktop, it makes up for in innovation, like being the first to offer a tabbed interface and built-in search. Eschewing the frequent upgrades employed by Google and Mozilla, major Opera updates come along once every two years, which translates to significant new features.

Today, with the launch of Opera 12, the Nordic software house has added a new Themes capability to dress up your browser, Do Not Track privacy support, and lots of performance enhancements. It also brings a couple of completely new ways to experience the Web involving your webcam and paged layouts, and HTML5 drag-and-drop.

"You spend hours each day in front of a Web browser," said Opera CEO Lars Boilesen. "Shouldn’t those hours be as fun and, occasionally, as productive as possible? We think so, so we made Opera 12 the smartest, fastest and most unique browser available. In a sea of browsers that look the same and act the same, isn’t it nice to know that you can get something better?”

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