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Old 21. Dec 2014, 12:09 PM   #6 (permalink)
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eyeb; by that, do you mean something like Rockmelt? If so, then I'd say no.

The Tableau/Speed Dial does have pre-loaded tiles for Facebook and Twitter when you first open the browser - same as Opera, but you can delete them if you want. There's also a notification feature integrated into the browser which allows you to receive personal notifications from your Facebook account, if you have one. I don't, nor do I use any other social media. But you can enable/disable this feature via settings - notifications. It's better explained on the help page, here;

As said, I don't use any of that, nor am I interested. So it's disabled and I don't even know it's there. There is nothing on the Yandex I'm using that points to any social media. No tiles, apps, links - nothing. But that's not to say that such features won't be useful to others who do use it, in fact I'm sure they will be. So the option's there if you want to enable it.

Nothing is forced upon you. You can personalise it how you please. Some extension are pre-loaded, as I mentioned, but you have to activate them if you want to use them - WOT, Adguard etc. I think it's quite a good idea to have WOT pre-installed to be honest. The browser also uses Kaspersky to scan downloaded files and warns of potentially malicious sites. Have a read through this review on Neowin;

..... which, by the way, shows it as a Beta. Not quite worked that out yet, although I'd hedge my bets and say Alpha, as pointed out by Anupam.

I'm still using it, it's running great. No doubt there are a few glitches, things to be added in the future, but it's a very stable browser even at this early stage. No crashes, nothing untoward.
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