Opera 45 goes social with sidebars for Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Telegram

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Apart from a solid set of features, Opera is expanding itself on the social media front by baking in essential IM outlets right in its browser.

Reborn bolsters the latter feature, giving you more control over blocking options, and making the browser automatically reload the web page whenever you switch ad-blocking on or off. "We believe this needs to change", he said. "That's why we bring you Opera Reborn, the first browser to allow messengers to reside within your browser, without the need to install any extensions or apps", Opera says.

Lastly, Opera Reborn also comes with some security and performance improvements created to enhance the overall experience.

These sidebar widgets are unique to Opera, and something not present in any other browser. If you're sustaining a conversation while browsing, you can also pin a communicator to the side of the display.

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With the latest update, you can open the messengers whenever you want and pin them, so conversations do not interfere with whatever you are working on. The enhanced sidebar and its integration with messaging services might be able to attract a couple of users as well.

If you are unaware, the new Opera Reborn browser takes a lot of cues from the concept browser the company released a while back, called Neon. Opera Reborn is available for free for Windows, Mac and Linux.

By default, Opera shows the Messenger and WhatsApp icons when you enable the new messaging feature. Dubbed as "Opera Reborn", it majorly overhauls various elements like the sidebar, icons, edges, colors and presents a relatively more modern aesthetic which, in my opinion, looks significantly better than its counterparts including Chrome.

Asked to justify its decision to whitelist these four particular sites, an Opera spokesperson explained to Ars Technica that none of them paid to be whitelisted, but Opera chose to do so "because they offer a good experience to users with ads on".