Opera 11 has arrived. In the past year Apple’s Safari and Google’s Chrome browsers have seen a noticeable improvement in user stats. Wrestling control of the market from Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Mozilla’s Firefox could be possible and now Norway-based Opera has issued its own latest upgrade, hoping to pick back up the estimated 1% of its minority audience it has lost this year.

Billed as “More capable and more elegant” the latest version of Opera has some new functions all focused around the customer usability and helping to create a cleaner look. The new tab stacking feature allows multi-tasking but in an ordered way, allowing you to group various tabs together, so they are easier to work with. There is also added functionality for the right mouse button giving a simple graphical-interface to deal with the more basic navigational functions.

Opera has always prided itself on its smaller load size, appealing to those looking to avoid cluttering up their hard-drive with functions they are unlikely to ever use. It is claimed that the installer for Opera 11 is 30 per cent smaller than its predecessor which will appeal to many with smaller hard-drives and also weaker internet connections.

Full functionality however is not lost with Opera moving down the Firefox route with a host of widget add-ons that can be downloaded to tweak and customise the browser.

At the moment Opera 11 is available for Windows, Mac and Linux computers but with the success of its Opera Mini within the smartphone market, expect to see many of these funcitons being adapted to a newer mobile version soon.

A new feature of the new Opera 11 browser is Tab stacking, a better way to organize your open tabs. Simply drag one tab on top of another to create a stack.

Do you use Opera? Can it really compete with the big guns in the browser market?

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