Google’s Chrome web browser has received lots of attention since its release last week, but now another in a growing number of “alternative” browsers is getting ready for its next major release. The Norwegian team behind Opera today released the first beta of version 9.6
, adding some new features while addressing some of the bugs found discovered in version 9.5.
Among the new features
in version 9.6 there’s a way for users on the go to carry custom search engines and typed history from browser to browser, thanks to improvements to the Opera Link browser synchronization feature. There’s also a new feed preview feature that shows you the contents of an RSS feed before you subscribe, and a handy new low-bandwidth mode in Opera Mail for those users on dialup – or perhaps for those concerned about bandwidth restrictions.
Overall the general speed of the browser is supposedly improved as well. While Opera certainly has a tough road ahead competing with Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and now Chrome, this latest version should at least help the company stay in the race.