Two weeks after pushing through an update for its most popular browser, Opera Mini for mobile devices, Opera is turning its attention to its desktop product, with the release of Opera 12 for Macs and PCs. Opera tells me its desktop browser is currently the second-biggest product in terms of monthly users, with 60 million, compared to 173 million for Opera Mini and 17 million for Opera Mobile. While that is pretty small compared to other desktop browsers like Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer, that number is also growing at a healthy pace right now, increasing by 11 percent of all users over the last year, with average revenue per user on the desktop product (mainly from ads) is up 20 percent.
With rumors of a possible Facebook acquisition going quiet for now, Opera is looking to boost that desktop usage number even more with a list of new features, including browser camera support, security badges, right-to-left language support, hardware acceleration (something it has long touted with its mobile product), improved plug-in support and something fun: the introduction of skins, or themes, for the browser. (And no, we don’t know if Sesame Workshop has approved use of what looks a lot like the Cookie Monster skin pictured here. We’ll ask – update below the break.)