Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 25th Aug 2009 17:08 UTC
Opera Software Opera 10 has hit the release candidate status. "The Opera 10 release candidate is feature complete, with a surprising array of new features, a fresh look and feel, a new application icon, and enhanced speed and performance. Opera 10 features Opera Turbo, the new bandwidth-booster for slow Internet connections. It also features a significantly improved Opera Mail, Opera's built-in e-mail client. Tabbed browsing enters the next phase of its evolution with resizeable, thumbnail tabs. The upgrade of Opera's Speed Dial now gives users a chance to personalize their favorite online destinations and the overall look and feel of their start page. Finally, Opera has always been about speed and performance. Opera 10 is now much faster on resource intensive pages such as Gmail and Facebook and is more than 40% faster than Opera 9.6. Web developers can enjoy Web Fonts support, RGBA/HSLA color and new SVG improvements."
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Great news about Opera Turbo. There's still about 1 million dial-up Internet users here in the UK. One elderly couple in particular I'd like to pursuade to get cheap ADSL, but failing that they will need a good browser suited to slow dial-up on their new PC.

So what do you reckon? Does Opera Turbo make Opera 10 the best browser for them (once it's released)? How does it compare with Firefox 3.5 with the dial-up friendly extensions? Anyone done some tests? i.e. will a typical 33KB phone line using Opera Turbo out-pace Opera with Turbo disabled on a 128KB connection?

Also, will it speed the downloading of emails for them as well, using the integrated email client?

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