Opera 10 Final Released

By Craig Buckler
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OperaFollowing a few months of beta testing, Opera 10 has finally been released and is available for download.

We previewed the new features and performance in June, but the main additions you can expect are:

  • an improved interface
  • a re-sizable tab bar with page previews
  • in-line spell checking
  • webmail integration
  • HTML email composition
  • auto-updates
  • crash recovery
  • Opera Turbo — a new proxied compression system that can speed up a slow Internet connection.

Even better — they’ve improved the application logo (about time!)

Opera screenshot

Developers can also utilize several new facilities including:

  • a better DragonFly; Opera’s Firebug-like development and debugging console
  • web fonts
  • HSL (Hue, Saturation and Luminosity) colors in CSS
  • CSS opacity within RGB and HSL declarations
  • JavaScript DOM element selection using CSS-like syntax
  • improved SVG support
  • rudimentary HTML5 support

My first impressions are good. Opera 10 is slick and looks better than the competition. It feels just as fast as Chrome or Safari with many of the customization options and power tools in Firefox. It’s early days, but I’m increasing tempted to use Opera as my default browser … I recommend you try it for yourself.

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