Opera 9.5 launches for desktops, Firefox 3 gets release date

By on June 12, 2008, 11:05 AM
Internet Explorer’s status as the world’s most widely used web browser will be further challenged in the coming weeks, following the release of two major updates from Firefox and Opera that boast a range of security and reliability improvements as well as a bunch of new features.

First up is Opera 9.5, which today made its public debut claiming to be dramatically faster than its predecessor. Some new and improved features of the browser include Quick Find and Opera Link. The former will be instantly recognizable to any Firefox 3 user as mimics that browser’s “awesome bar” that helps users locate pages in their history by typing a key word onto their address bar. As for the Opera Link feature, it will enable a seamless web experience from device to device by synchronizing bookmarks between any Opera 9.5 desktop browser and Opera Mini whether on a mobile phone, desktop, or even a Wii.

Meanwhile, Mozilla has finally set next Tuesday, June 17, as the official release day for the upgraded Firefox 3 browser, following 34 months of active development and contributions. The team also made available Release Candidate 3, its final release candidate before ship. Windows and Linux users won’t notice anything new in RC3, though, as this update specifically addresses a stability issue in Apple’s OS X.

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Julio said:
If you guys are wondering about "real" improvements in the new Opera, here's a take from one of our forum most prominent members (SNGX1275):Using it now, not 100% sold on the new skin yet. The new tab button being pushed to the right side rather than left is throwing me off a bit, but it brings it more in line with IE7 and FF.Other comments from the web are talking about speed improvements even over the beta releases. [url]http://my.opera.com/community/blog/opera-9-5[/url]
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