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Opera 10 Public Beta Released

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Opera 10 Public Beta Released

We first got wind of Opera 10 way back in December, but now six whole months on we can finally get our hands on the first public beta...

So what's new? In a nutshell lots.

Garnering the most headlines is likely to be 'Opera Turbo' - a smart compression technology which can be employed on slow connections or if a user is approaching a bandwidth cap. Opera claims Turbo will deliver pages 3/4x faster and "can offer broadband-like speeds on dial-up".

Superficially, the browser has had a facelift with famed designed Jon Hicks called in to spice up the UI. "Initially, we were just going to clean-up some elements and focus on the interface for new features," said Hicks. "But, over time, the new user interface elements became so different that we decided to update everything. Mac users in particular should enjoy this update to the default Opera skin." The new skin is a work in progress right up to release and other skins are available should it feel a little too hip (yikes, I just said 'hip' - and 'yikes').

Tabs get the once over as well since they can now be resized and should the user pull down the tab bar it will reveal full thumbnails of all open tabs (pictured). Opera Speed Dial is also tweaked to allow personalisation such as extra or enlarged grids and customisable background images. Application integration brings dedicated email and bittorent clients plus an RSS reader.

Lastly, we get the usual performance bumps and here Opera has made big gains claiming to be 40 per cent faster than v9.6 on resource intensive pages like Facebook and Gmail. The beta we saw in December was also the first browser to score 100 per cent on the Acid3 test so any web page you can throw at it should render flawlessly.

Opera 10 beta is available immediately so aficionados can race over now while Firefox, Chrome and IE users may also find find their heads turned...


Opera 10 Beta

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June 3, 2009, 1:15 pm

Cool. Where I can download it? Your link leads to old alpha version. In the internet I couldn't find the beta that look like your screen. Tnx!


June 3, 2009, 4:44 pm

I'm trying it with my netbook and 3g dongle. Doesn't really seem to be any different in speed over Firefox? I will give it a week to test the other features. Is Google Chrome worth trying on my netbook? Just after something that speeds up my internet as much as possible :)


June 3, 2009, 5:06 pm

Well so much for trying it out for a week! It started to chug just after that (once I had enabled 'turbo'!) and my pictures were blocky etc. I removed it and found the size of the file was 6.66mb..


June 3, 2009, 5:36 pm

@smx - Opera was just a little slow to update the link (I published bang on it expiry of the NDA) its site is now updated to the beta edition.


June 3, 2009, 6:26 pm

Thoughts so far:

a bit of a pain to transfer settings in vista as it uses a different directory to store bookmarks/mail/wand etc. I would recommend setting up opera sync from 9.6 and updating it in 10B instead.

Integrated in-line spell checking finally!

Customisable speed-dial page

UI updated, matches vista much better and is generally very pleasant

The new tab bar with page preview is amazing, i cant emphasise this enough!

Haven't tried turbo as i'm happily wired into ADSL2 and don't have a dongle lying around

Site Compatibility:

Windows live mail and facebook finally work properly and quickly! Worth the upgrade just for this imho

No problems as yet, logged into my Uni secure servers and online banking service no problems

Would thoroughly recommend it to all you Opera Fans!


June 3, 2009, 8:38 pm

The best just got better.


June 4, 2009, 2:12 am

I just want to know how to make my opera look like the one in the Article !! I've downloaded the leopard skin but it didnt make a difference :(


June 4, 2009, 4:42 am

I've been using Opera 10 all day long, and my favorite browser just got better. Go get it if you haven't already!

@Pihrana - It's the default Opera 10 skin on the screen-shot used in the article, but it's taken on a Mac. You have to use WindowBlinds or something similar to change the look of the application frame in your OS.

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