Opera has released a preview build of their next release for the Mac. Things are quite different this time around, though, as Opera Mail has been split away from the browser, and the whole thing is built upon Chromium. Opera has also included a couple of new features, including bringing the 'Discover' recommendation system to the desktop.

Discover has previously been available via the Android version of Opera, and is essentially curates content from the web based on a set of user preset categories alongside location. Also new in this build -- Opera Next, as it's currently known -- is the 'Stash' feature that lets you pin individual items, or entire web pages for easy access. Kind of like bookmarks, but prettier.

When it comes to Opera Mail, this was removed but hasn't gone away entirely. Opera is now pushing Mail as a separate entity entirely, and has also published the first release candidate of Mail for the Mac. Underneath, Opera Next has been re-engineered, and is now based upon Chromium. This provides a set of standards, and a higher performing browser, says Opera.

We've taken a very quick look at Opera Next on the Mac, and first impressions aren't bad. It's definitely performing well at anything we've thrown at it so far, and the sleek looking interface makes for a pleasant experience. If you want to take a look for yourselves, go grab a copy from Opera and let us know how you think it compares to your own browser of choice.

Source: Opera