Linked by Kroc Camen on Thu 4th Jun 2009 22:34 UTC
Opera Software Opera have announced the release of Opera 10 beta. New engine, new features, but I'm more concerned about where Opera 10 fits into Opera's history, and certainly their future. Opera have never made any massive strides in marketshare and is Opera 10 really going to change any of that? Read More to find out.
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Comment by talaf
by talaf on Mon 8th Jun 2009 11:40 UTC
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I don't want to review everything, but the fact remains. I cannot use another browser for the life of me. Opera just does exactly what I want, when I want, with almost no hassle. Just a little list of features that are so missing for me :

- The most annoying on firefox for me is the absence of Trash. You have the recent history thing, but it's clunky, fairly hidden, and doesn't reopen tabs on their last position (I know, seems logical heh).
- Lightweight e-mail client. Ho yeah you can use another program, actually I do too. But for my day to day use when I'm not heavily mailing Opera is really all I need, and it's super enjoyable. Same goes with newsfeeds, bittorrent etc, etc.
- Speed. FF just doesn't compare sorry. It bloats out even on fairly good hardware.
- Search in the address bar. So there's google (default). There's wikipedia. You can also take 5s and add more of those. I put on CiteSeer, DBLP and Google Scholar for research work, and looking something up is "F8 'gs something'". Once you get used to that, it's just not beatable.
- Wand passwords. Once again, I didn't find browsers who compare (but I admit I didn't test much). Multiple items and accounts with better recognition than FF.
- Speed dial
- Cycling through tabs
- I could go on, but day-to-day that's just stuff Opera has baseline and other browsers don't.

I don't even know what's hidden underneath (page-based preferences, discovered something here ^^). I knew about the DOM/js helpers but I don't dev on a regular basis. And I find it silly to trash opera compliance when they usually are the ones following the CSS/HTML guidelines by the word. Javascript used to be an issue but the 9.x engine is faster than FF now.

I also dislike the default 9.x interface. I have a default skin, very minimalist, that I like alot for it. It takes me 3s to find and put up (name is Dimple or something). But those features are game-changers, skin doesn't matter for me. I'd have prefered an in-depth look in what changes in Opera INSIDE, because the skin is 10s away of what you really need.

In the end, it's really a matter of preference, no questions asked, but your review just does nothing for me.

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