Opera has launched a parallel concept browser that showcases features that encapsulate the future of web browsing. The concept browser is being called Opera Neon and is built on the same browser engine as the Opera browser.

Opera Neon shows how Opera thinks web browsers may look in the future. Opera Neon is available for PC and Mac for free right now. And it offers something truly original compared to the web browsers we all use on a daily basis.

The company stresses that Opera Neon will not replace the current operating browser in any way. It is just a sneak peek into the future of browsers, and nothing else. You can download and test Opera Neon for free on Windows and Mac.

Opera Neon immediately looks different than the current crop of browsers. It blends into your desktop by using the same background. Tabs and shortcuts are presented as circular bubbles. And the taskbar is removed from the equation, with basic controls shunted to the sidebar.

Web content is levitated and is aimed to be handled more freely. Some new features include video pop-out which lets users watch a video while browsing other web pages. Opera Neon also allows taking snapshots of any web page, cropping it, and saving it to the gallery for later use. Interestingly, Opera Neon also supports a split screen mode that allows two web pages to work together simultaneously.

Credit: MakeUseOf, NDTV