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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.
But with a score of 24.43 in our latest Windows 7 tests, the Opera 10.5 pre-alpha renders, crunches, and expedites content 17.7 times faster than IE8. We expect that number to decline a bit as Opera Software fixes this browser to at least "alpha" quality. Yet with a two-point gap over Chrome 5, Opera can actually afford to take it down a notch -- something we never thought we'd be saying just four months ago.
However, I don't care for the new page search routine - horrible beyond description. It pretty much ends the ability to search the page. It changes the whole page color and shifts it downward a row. This is clearly a weekend hack feature.
If they'd implement ctrl-click for links I'd use Opera
How do they expect to attract Firefox users without this most fundamental of features?
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btabke: that is off topic, and will not be answered unless you make a new thread about it...
hiding the menu-bar by default is therefore nuts.
I will agree though, that the UI is different to the rest of the mainstream browsers, is that a bad thing? I'm not sure. It does take a little bit of time to get used to.
Chrome - I don't know about - as it is so far behind in features, I don't think it is a serious or fair comparison to use it.