At SXSW in Austin, Texas, Opera will deliver Opera 11.10 beta, code-named “Barracuda,” as well as the beta of Opera Dragonfly, the company’s set of Web authoring and debugging tools.
Opera officials said Barracuda improves CSS3 support by adding multicolumn layout and gradients. The new release also features support for WebP, Google’s new image protocol, and the WOFF (Web Open Font Format).
Meanwhile, Microsoft also will be using SXSW as the platform for launching Internet Explorer 9. In a March 9 blog post, Ryan Gavin, senior director of Internet Explorer business and marketing, said, “In Austin, we will be joined by some of the most exciting Websites and Web heroes out there, including Ze Frank. We also have a heck of a party planned celebrating the amazing developers and designers who are creating a more beautiful Web…”
Mozilla, provider of the Firefox browser, also will be at SXSW. Mozilla will show off the release candidate of Firefox 4. On March 9 Mozilla announced that Firefox 4 for Windows, Mac and Linux had exited the beta cycle and become available as a release candidate in more than 70 languages. Moreover, Mozilla said the millions of users testing Firefox 4 will be automatically updated to the release candidate version and will join our Mozilla quality-assurance team in validating the new features, enhanced performance and stability and HTML5 capabilities in Firefox 4.