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Opera 10.5beta Released - Back on Top as Fastest Browser

New rendering engine, new JavaScript engine

1:05 pm on Feb 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Download: Opera 10.5 Beta [opera.com]

The fastest JavaScript engine ever

A completely new JavaScript engine makes Opera 10.50 run Web applications more smoothly. Up to 8x faster than its predecessor, the new Carakan engine speeds up even the most demanding Web sites.

New Vega graphics library

Everything in Opera 10.50 is drawn on your screen using Opera's new, high-performance graphics library. This enables super fast and smooth graphics for everything from tab switching to animation on Web pages.
5:45 pm on Feb 17, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I agree with what Kaled stated above. I think it is a well prioritized list. Opera being the fastest browser will get no where if the initial user experience is too alien to what users are used to.
6:23 pm on Feb 17, 2010 (gmt 0)

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kaled/KenB - your feedback is with the guys that make the decisions on this stuff. I cant promise anything of course, not least as I am only in marketing not engineering, it is late in the development process and most change requests usually have another opinion ...blah blah.. but I know it is on the table for discussion so there is hope at least :)

By the way for changing the browser language I believe you can do it this way:
Settings->Preferences (Ctrl+F12) then under the "general" tab there is an option you can select.
6:31 pm on Feb 17, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I think one of the biggest issues facing Opera is lack of exposure to the average user. Most techy people will know of it, some may use it, but Opera really isn't getting exposure to the masses. If we look a Chrome for example Google have invested heavily on advertising (granted a lot of that has been on their own web properties) but they are seeing results.

I think Opera needs to really push its advertising towards social media. Where the average end user spends a lot of time. Make them aware of Opera and what it is. Then when it comes to getting a new machine and they are faced with the browser ballot they will at least have heard of Opera, know what it is and perhaps be willing to give it a try.

Personally I don't see the need to make it look and feel any more like the existing browsers out there. Even users who move from IE to Firefox will experience a difference. Some people will like it right away, others will spend time getting used to it. But the people who like it, it works for them. Keep them happy. There is no point trying to please everyone, just work on pleasing users who actual like your product.

9:56 pm on Feb 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

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> that is so receptive to the individual voices of the community

Ok, well - we'll start documenting it. The next one will probably be the loss of minimize and restore buttons on mdi windows. With all the missing window functionality in 10.5 it is pretty clear you guys are just going to leave all that out. Doesn't matter that users have been using those for 14 years...if OS want's them gone, nobody cares.
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