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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Opera Turbo is just a proxy. Your Internet could be routed via Lithuania, or just about anywhere. The speed gain comes from the compression of the images on pages, so a dial-up user would see some speed gain, but getting an ad blocker too would help massively.

Opera Turbo does not function on https pages, and it wouldn't speed up e-mail as there's nothing to compress (attachments are already ZIP, or photos you actually want full quality unlike background images on webpages)

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