Opera 7.50 Reaches Full Release

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2004-05-12 Print this article Print

The Norwegian browser maker launches its newest Web browser with a redesigned UI, expanded e-mail features and new support for IRC chat and RSS.

Opera Software ASA on Wednesday released the latest version of its Web browser, redoing its user interface, expanding its e-mail features and adding support for chat and RSS feeds. Opera 7.50, which went into beta last month, marks the first release in which the company has synced its browser releases across all operating systems. The move is particularly significant for Mac OS X users, since Operas releases of its browser for the Mac had lagged behind versions for Windows and Linux. Opera Mail, the e-mail client built into the browser, now features faster search of e-mail, a new spellchecker and support for reading Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds, the Oslo, Norway, company announced. RSS is a form of Extensible Markup Language syndication popular among Webloggers and Web publishers.
The new browser also sports a redesigned user interface, which includes smaller buttons and a panel selector across the left sides of the browser for quick access to top browser functions. From the panel selector, users can access bookmarks, notes, the Opera Mail client and the new chat feature. Opera added a chat client into 7.50, which supports Internet Relay Chat.
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Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for eWEEK.com, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for eWEEK.com. Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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