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Opera introduces new workspaces feature in Opera 67

Opera Software introduced a new feature, called Workspaces, in the latest developer version of the Opera web browser for desktop operating systems. Opera 67 Developer comes with built-in support for Workspaces, a feature that resembles virtual desktops and also Firefox’s container feature to a degree.

The main idea behind Workspaces is to separate websites and web apps into different groups. Opera users could use a workspace for work-related activity, one for social media, and another for shopping or entertainment. Unlike containers in Firefox, Workspaces do not separate the browsing data but may improve tab management in the web browser.

Opera Software says the feature is experimental at this point in time; features may change and while the company seems inclined to improve Workspaces in future versions of the browser, there is no guarantee at this point.

Opera 67 displays two workspaces by default in the sidebar that users may switch between easily. The two work areas display tabs opened in them only and the switching happens near instantly.

The first experimental version of the feature lacks several customization options and interactivity options. It is not possible to create more workspaces or change their icons in this version. Opera Software plans to introduce the functionality in future versions. Another feature that is missing is the ability to push tabs from one workspace to another; it is however possible to use the built-in search, using Ctrl-Space, to find tabs open in the web browser. Keyboard shortcuts are not support either at this point in time.

Opera users who don’t want to use the functionality may disable it with a right-click on the web browser’s sidebar and the deselection of the two workspaces placed there. Open tabs are retained in the workspaces if Opera is configured to restore the previous browsing session and Exit is selected from the Opera menu.

Closing words

The main benefit of the browser’s Workspaces feature is better manageability of open tabs in the browser. Opera users may use it to separate their activity visually and it may also be useful to hide activity in places in which someone might catch a glimpse of the screen.

Workspaces is no Containers feature on the other hand and it does not appear that Opera Software plans to evolve it into one.

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