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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RE: speed.. cough cough
by Stratoukos on Wed 26th Aug 2009 22:11 UTC in reply to "speed.. cough cough"
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Opera's rendering speed is what made me switch to opera 9 some 2 years ago. It was 2-5 times faster than the second faster (that was against firefox 2, safari 2, IE7 beta and without chrome). But what made me stay was the little things that end up making your browsing a lot faster. My personal favorite is searching any site you want from inside the search bar.

The truth is that, speedwise, Opera was left behind. Apple became serious about Safari, Google entered the fray, Microsoft was forced to improve and Firefox rolled out a huge upgrade (in my opinion Firefox 2 was a piece of s***).

You also have to take into account that their current JS engine was not optimized for speed but for low memory usage. They are working now on a new engine which they claim that is 2.5 times faster than their current one with a lot more speed improvements coming. Check for more info. I hope we will see it in the next major update.

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