Final Opera 10 Browser Released

 
 
By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2009-09-01 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Opera Software has released the final version of Opera 10, the latest version of the company's flagship Web browser.

Opera Software has released the final version of Opera 10, the latest version of the company's flagship Web browser.

Opera 10 is free, comes in 43 languages, and works on Windows, Mac and Linux platforms. Users can download the browser at http://www.opera.com/.

According to Opera officials there are three major features that are not to be missed in Opera 10. One is Opera Turbo, a new compression technology that solves the pain of slow connections.

According to an Opera press announcement:

"Whether you are an on-the-go business traveler, you rely on 3G cards in your netbook, or you find yourself stuck on a sluggish Wi-Fi connection, Opera Turbo gives you a major browsing boost.

"If your network speed slows to a crawl, simply enable Opera Turbo to browse the Web at broadband-like speeds. Opera Turbo will automatically detect when network speeds will enable you to benefit. Once you turn it on, Opera Turbo instantly compresses pages, so less data needs to be transferred over a limited connection."

"At Opera, we have always worked hard to innovate new ways to improve everyone's browsing experience," said Jon von Tetzchner, CEO of Opera, in a statement. "Opera Turbo is our newest innovation, and one we think everyone should try, because we all will face a slow connection at some point. Now, there is a solution, and it is absolutely free. We are excited to offer Opera 10 to the world, and we hope even more people discover what the 40 million people who have already made the switch know: browsing with Opera makes the Web a safer, more enjoyable and more interesting place."

The second can't-miss feature is the browser's new, streamlined interface. And third is the browsers new use of tabs.

"In Opera 10, resize your tab bar by pulling down on it or double-clicking the handle, revealing a surprise: Opera now shows you full thumbnails of all your open tabs," the Opera press announcement said.

Other key features include super-sized speed dialing, automatic updates, an enhanced spell checker that supports 51 languages using the open source Hunspell dictionary format, better, faster e-mail support, enhanced browser speed - up to 40 percent faster than Opera 9.6, and better tools for developers.

Indeed, developers can use the latest update to Opera Dragonfly, Opera's set of on-board, Web development tools. Opera Dragonfly, available in 36 languages, now allows developers to edit the Document Object Model (DOM) and inspect HTTP headers. The browser also scored 100 percent on the ACID3 browser standards compliance test, and features support for CSS3 Webfonts. 

 
 
 
 
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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