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Opera 9 Launches

By Julio Franco
Jun 20, 2006
  1. Your Web, Your Choice: Opera 9 Gives You the Control

    Seattle and Oslo, Norway - June 20, 2006 – Opera Software today released Opera 9, its newest Web browser for PCs. You can download it free in more than 25 languages for Windows, Mac, Linux and other platforms from www.opera.com. Opera 9 enhances the way you access, share and use online content by including innovative widgets - fun, small and useful Web programs - and support for BitTorrent(TM), the popular file distribution technology. Even while adding these improvements, Opera 9 maintains the security and speed millions of Opera fans have come to expect.

    "For Opera 9, we worked hard to push the limits of what people expect from a Web browser, with increased speed, new Web standards support and innovative features such as widgets and BitTorrent," said Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. "Even though we shaped this browser for the Web’s future, we have the powerful features people want and need for their surfing today. I truly feel Opera 9 has something for everyone."

    Choose Efficient, Productive Surfing
    Opera strives to ensure you can be as efficient online as you want. Whether by pioneering the earliest form of tabbed browsing in the first Opera browser or allowing you to add your favorite search engines to the search bar in Opera 9, we give you the tools to stay organized online. Features such as saved sessions, the trash can (to get those closed tabs back), notes and the ability to start exactly where you last closed Opera keep you productive.

    Choose Security
    Secure browsing is still the single most important attribute of any Web browser. Opera has a long track record of keeping you safe while online. By introducing the security bar to prevent scams like phishing and strengthening Opera 9's pop-up blocker to weed out annoying or potentially malicious pop-ups, Opera gives you new options for safe browsing.

    Choose Your Style
    Express your style with the click of a mouse. You can change the look and feel of your browser by downloading new skins or altering buttons to suit the way you want to use Opera. Opera 9 even lets you improve how individual sites behave or block advertisements on a site-by-site basis. It's your choice.

    Choose Content
    Widgets make everyday browsing fun and useful by bringing a variety of Web content and data right to your computer’s desktop. You can play games, get organized, follow your favorite sports teams and more. Widget developers can create widgets using open and common Web standards including JavaScript, CSS, HTML and SVG and technologies like AJAX. For more information about using or making widgets, visit widgets.opera.com.

    Choose Innovation
    Opera believes in an open Web by supporting open standards and technologies that lead the next wave of innovation. Opera 9 includes tools to make it easier for sites to code for these open standards. Built-in Extensible Rendering Architecture (ERA) helps developers make sure their sites work well on any Web-connected device. Opera's browsers are built on the same core technology, making it easy to test once in Opera 9 and ensure compatibility with a variety of devices - from mobile phones to Nintendo's Wii(TM). You can read more about Opera, Web standards and our technology at labs.opera.com.

    More about Opera 9
    Opera 9 features: www.opera.com/products/desktop/ Opera 9 screenshots: www.opera.com/products/desktop/screenshots/
    Opera 9 changelogs: http://www.opera.com/docs/changelogs/
     
  2. fastco

    fastco TS Booster Posts: 1,122

    I'll give it a try, been using Firefox and I love it... anythings better than IE
     
  3. Peddant

    Peddant TS Rookie Posts: 1,446

    Opera -

    Pros :Fast,light,very configurable,good email.

    Cons:plugins can be a bit flaky,A few web sites don`t like it(Same for FF).
     
  4. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    I gave it a try, and like it. It could almost replace firefox for me, but I now have issues with opera not rendering javascript links. For example at pcworld.com, hovering over "see all" doesn't bring up a menu in opera. Too bad opera has these annoyances, because if it worked better, it'd be my main browser.

    Edit: Opera 9 was just messed up by my previous opera 8 install. Once I uninstalled all other opera files, and reinstalled opera 9, and now javascript links are working fine. Now, for more testing, this looks promising...
     
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