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New Features Galore In Opera 9.6 Release

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New Features Galore In Opera 9.6 Release

It is not often that an extra .1 hints at great excitement in a new browser update, but Opera has made its incremental bump a little more interesting than usual...

Opera 9.6 launches today after some time in beta and tickles our optimistic tendencies with a number of handy improvements.

Most basically - but helpfully? - Opera 9.6 offers a speed boost over v9.5 (already a lightening performer) while its Opera M2 email native email client has been optimised to include a "low bandwidth mode" for retrieving emails faster over a slow or faltering connection. A new 'Prioritized email' system also allows users to manage email conversations by setting up flags for certain email chains and ignoring threads for any that are particularly snooze worthy.

Opera Link has been expanded too with search engines and browser history now able to be synchronised over multiple devices just like bookmarks, Opera Speed Dial and the personal bar - new feature I've been begging for in Firefox for many a moon.

Next 'Previewed feeds' is an excellent addition as well which provides a multi-column preview of RSS feeds before you even click on them - much like the brilliant Boox add-on for Firefox. An invaluable time saver. Lastly if you speak Indonesian, Ukrainian, Estonian, Hindi, Telugu or Tamil languages Opera now has native versions. Any Telugu speakers out there reading TR?

Free Linux, Mac and Windows versions of Opera 9.6 are available for download now. Telugu speakers, what are you waiting for...?


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October 9, 2008, 10:10 am

Best browser out there by a mile, organises everyething you need for an internet experience into one neat and may i add feature rich interface.

I was more excited about the 9.60 upgrade since it brings along plenty of bug fixes and compatibility sort outs with a number of sites, plus snappier application performance in windows using lower memory and improved responsiveness.

Go Opera! I'm spreading the word.


October 9, 2008, 2:51 pm

I too use opera as my first choice... however a few teething problems with this new one. Can't use Natwest online banking (despite Natwest claiming Opera 9.x is supported).

On the plus side - the previous version had a bug whereby pdfs would not open using the latest acrobat reader. This is now fixed!

Dark of Day

October 10, 2008, 12:01 am

Opera rocks! ..been my first choice since I first tried it a couple of years ago (although there do seem to be a few sites that randomly don't support it)

My whole family has been converted,

Spread the word!


October 12, 2008, 2:06 pm

Used opera aaages ago, tried it again recently and it was ok. It really is a shame that it seems that only half the web pages that I visit are rendered even half decently, STILL.

How long does it take to sort out this as, erm, isn't a web browser supposed to work on the interwebs? It's not like the internets were invented yesterday or updates are few and far between.

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