Opera revs to a high note with new browser

1 Sep 2009

Norwegian software player Opera has unveiled the final version of its Opera 10 web browswer which features a new Turbo compression technology it promises will solve the pain of slow connections.

The new web browser, which comes in 43 languages and works on Windows, Mac and Linux machines, can be downloaded from http://www.opera.com

Users who suffer from slow connections whether via WiFi or 3G data cards, the Opera Turbo feature the company claims instantly compresses pages so that the browser works eight times faster than other browswers.

The new browser, Opera claims, also comes with a pioneering new way to use tabs that allows users to resize their tab bar by pulling down or double clicking the handle which reveals full thumbnails of all open tabs.

Opera’s speed dial can be expanded into a 5×5 grid and the new browswer comes with a spellchecker that supports 51 languages.

The new browser comes with a built-in email client with options to organise, sort and search mail and contacts.

The company says that Opera 10 is 40pc faster in page loading than Opera 9.6 even before activating Opera Turbo.

The new browser’s adaptive memory management is optimised to work with personal computers, conserving memory if your computer has less RAM and utilising more memory to enhance performance if your computer has memory to spare.

“At Opera, we have always worked hard to innovate new ways to improve everyone’s browsing experience,” said Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera.

“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,” von Tetzchner said.

By John Kennedy

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years