Wednesday, October 8th 2008

Choose speed, productivity and innovation with Opera 9.6

Opera Software today launched Opera 9.6, the newest version of Opera’s award-winning Web browser. Opera 9.6 enhances the performance and flexibility of Opera’s built-in e-mail client, while adding new features to Opera’s free browser-synchronization service, Opera Link. Opera 9.6 is available as a free download from Opera.com

What’s new in Opera 9.6
  • Expanded Opera Link
Opera lets you take your favorite search engines and the browser history you enter wherever you go. Opera Link also synchronizes notes taken in your Opera browser, your bookmarks, Speed Dial and personal bar.
  • Optimized Opera Mail
Stuck with a slow connection? Our built-in e-mail client, Opera Mail, now includes “low-bandwidth mode” to retrieve mails even faster when bandwidth is limited.
  • Prioritized e-mail
Opera Mail has two new ways to manage e-mail conversations. Keep an eye on important threads and contacts by following them, or ignore less important threads and contacts with a single click.
  • Increased speed:
Opera 9.6 improves the quick responsiveness and page loading of Opera 9.5.
  • Previewed feeds
Look before you feed. Now you can see an RSS feed’s content before subscribing to it or even bookmarking it. Opera gives you a clean, multi-column preview for each RSS feed so you know what to expect before you subscribe.
  • Improved fluency
Opera is pleased to add support for Indonesian, Ukrainian, Estonian, Hindi, Telugu, and Tamil languages.

“We believe in making the Web available for people everywhere,” said Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. “The people who use Opera need it to adapt to their needs and we’re proud to continue that tradition today. Our improved e-mail client is now the ideal communication tool. Opera Link gives you more flexibility to take your personal browsing identity with you to any computer. The new Opera 9.6 gives more people around the world new reasons to choose Opera.”

Of course, Opera 9.6 includes many features Opera users have already come to know and love. Speed Dial gives you one-click access to your favorite sites. Take notes as you browse, and connect them to the page you’re browsing. Save and restore browsing sessions after you close the browser and never lose a Web site or e-mail if you accidentally close a tab. Surf with ease, thanks to mouse gestures. All these features and many others bring a fresh approach to browsing the Web in Opera 9.6.

Availability
Opera 9.6 is available for Linux, Mac and Windows computers and ships in more than 38 languages. Opera is free from Opera.comSource: Opera
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9 Comments on Choose speed, productivity and innovation with Opera 9.6

#1
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
I like Opera, but compared to FF, IE and even GC (even though its beta) it really doesnt offer me much on the way of new. I do like this new version with increased speeds and preview feeds.
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#2
Kursah
Nice, I'm glad Opera continues to improve...I have used it primarily for years, IE second. I've used GC and FF, for me Opera works perfectly, and has been issue free for my needs.

Definately looking forward to the new version! :toast:
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#3
Black Hades
by: WarEagleAU
I like Opera, but compared to FF, IE and even GC (even though its beta) it really doesnt offer me much on the way of new. I do like this new version with increased speeds and preview feeds.
Well I hate to beat this drum again but, you mean "FF IE and GC dont bring anything new to the table... "not the other way around.

Opera had these before any other browser:
tabed browsing, css, integrated popup blocker, browsing security.

It also has now:
integrated bookmark sync, quickdial, download & torrent manager.
Yes I know FF has all those via plugin but guess where they emulate it from and who did it first.

On the dark side,

1.Opera's torrent manager has rudimentary customization;
2.It is NOT open source;
3.No 3rd party plugins (but it does suport widgets)

Sorry for sounding fanboyish, I use FF sometimes as well, (with quickdial, noscript, download manager, foxmark sync, etc etc plugins) that took a while to configure and update sometimes. :)

While with Opera I have it all there contingent from 1st install and working properly.
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#4
spud107
if you go to tools > preferences > advanced > downloads. you can change the .torrent extension to open with another program such as utorrent.
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#5
Black Hades
by: spud107
if you go to tools > preferences > advanced > downloads. you can change the .torrent extension to open with another program such as utorrent.
Also you can type in browser "opera:config" in the address bar and edit it and quite a few other nice tweaks. Seems faster to me. Whatever:)
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#6
phanbuey
by: Black Hades
Well I hate to beat this drum again but, you mean "FF IE and GC dont bring anything new to the table... "not the other way around.
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:laugh: spoken like true old-school :toast:. ive used opera since at least '98 and its always been the fastest. They are like the linux of web browsing: they never widespread get credit for making new features, they are the fastest, and possibly the least compatible.
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#7
mlupple
Google Chrome is just a Mozilla shell, with some stolen elements from Firefox and Opera.

I'll take Opera over Chrome any day.
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#8
Wile E
Power User
by: phanbuey
:laugh: spoken like true old-school :toast:. ive used opera since at least '98 and its always been the fastest. They are like the linux of web browsing: they never widespread get credit for making new features, they are the fastest, and possibly the least compatible.
Well, they're not open source, so it wouldn't be like Linux. They would be more like a nix based OS, like OS X. Just as other browsers rip off Opera, other OSes tend to rip off OS X.

That being said, I still prefer FF. Not because it's better in any way, but because I have tweaked exactly how I like it.
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#9
Black Hades
^^ It's Opera's biggest flaw indeed, being proprietary.

On the other hand I am fond of FF myself for how maleable it is. And lately it's also surprisingly snappy and just as secure as Opera. :)

Another interesting concept is what GC brings to the table, meaning integrated sandboxed operations. To achieve that I used to run my browser X or Y in conjuncture with Sandboxie.
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