Opera has got a new skin and its sharp. Today the desktop team released a new weekly build (experimental builds released to the community for feedback), which includes a brand new skin. Opera had its last visual upgrade as far back as v7.5 (which was released in December, 2003). But, even that wasn’t as drastic as this.
As you can see almost everything has changed. Its glossy and polished and definitely looks better than the old skin which was starting to age. All the icons have been changed. Another small change that has been made is that the new tab button has been moved to the right and panels button has been introduced in its place. This has been done keeping in mind IE v7’s behaviour so that new users feel at home. But, I am not a fan of this system. The new tab button keeps shifting as more and more tabs are open. I would like to have my new tab button at a fixed position. Another change that has been made is that the close tab button has been made smaller. I think its too small at the moment and would like to see a slightly bigger close tab button in future. Apart from this the tabs bar also looks too thick. In spite of these minor grievances I must say that the Opera design team has done a fabulous job. The skin is easy on the eyes like being modern and beautiful.
What do you think about Opera’s new appearence?