Opera has released it’s latest version of the upcoming web browser, Opera 10. This is second beta or beta 2 version, also codenamed Peregrine. The first beta was released June, 3rd and this second beta now makes us very close to Release Candidate that will be released in near future.
This version of Opera has fixed many bugs from previous release. Also, browser icons and colors of tabs have been changed. Error pages, about page, configuration page, etc… have been changed too. See the full list of changes on Opera 10 Beta 2 here.
Some of the main features of Opera 10 are:
Opera Turbo is a compression technology that provides significant improvements in browsing speeds over limited-bandwidth connections like a crowded Wi-Fi in a cafe or browsing through your mobile phone while commuting.
You can customize your Speed Dial to fit your own needs. You can choose from 4 to 25 favorite Web sites for quick access every time you open a new tab. You can also add a custom background to make the apperance even more fit to your likes and needs.
If you use a Web mail service as your default mail client, you can set Opera 10 to do the same. Clicking on e-mail addresses or “Send by Mail” in Opera will open the ‘compose’ page from your Web mail service provider. Same goes with the Feed reader. You can also add any RSS/atom feed into your favorite online feed reader from within Opera 10.
The new Opera Presto 2.2 engine in Opera 10 is now much faster on resource-intensive pages such as Gmail or Facebook.
After all these nice features, I must say that I’m really surprised by the quality of Opera 10 and it’s overall performance. I wasn’t expecting so much improvement, but… I also ran a web browser test at Acid3 and Opera 10 received 100/100 score. Way to go!
It is available for Windows, Mac and Linux. The installer is only 6.7 mb and it installs pretty fast. So give it a try… Maybe Opera can persuade you to change from Firefox or Google Chrome? Let’s see what happens!