Finally broke down and tried it. I must say it is feature rich.. I compared it to IE and I am glad I tried it. IE is like a generic communist looking browser when compared to Opera. Opera is skinnable, the book mark manager works 100% better, is cleaner and overall, more appealing.
One thing I don't like is the default view. It sucks.. they bloat it out too much.. but you can hide most of it and change the browser to the way you like to view..
One thing, preferences was located under file, rather than another category.. I found that fairly quickly. Preferences lets you really get in and customize everything..
It took a second to get used to it... but I think I will use it as my default broswer, much the same way I use Phoenix or Firebird on my Laptop.
I like the color themes, they are simple to switch and apply, takes less than a second. The GO bar is already configured with good, which I use probably more than any other search engine. You can zoom in and out as well, and it provides tabbed browsing to help organize your windows. I really am impressed.
It also comes with a built in mailer, so you can compose a message from within opera, using hotmail!! That will save seconds off composing from within IE, as if you wanted to compose mail, you'd have to open up a third party app, like Outlook or Eudora.. with Opera it is done from within a tabbed page, you can even add attachments. Very nice.
And if you don't know how to configure it, Opera comes with a tutorial on setting up the POP or IMAP, NEWs etc.. mail services to use within opera. It took me about 1 minute to setup my hotmail account..
The downside about opera, is the add at the top right hand side of the broswer. You have to purchase it in order to remove the ad, but it is not that obtrusive.. but IE doesn't have ads.. at least not that big. :P
Give Opera a shot. I was and still am impressed.. IE really sucks. I can tell that now that I have had a chance to try Opera, Mozilla, and Firebird.. these browsers are very good.. you just have to break out of the monotony of Microsoft and try them yourself.