posted by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Mar 2010 11:34 UTC, submitted by Idefix
IconAfter a number of alpha and beta releases, Opera Software has announced the final release of Opera 10.50 for Windows, which they call "the world's fastest browser for Windows". Apart from performance improvements, Opera 10.50 comes packed with other new features, as well as improved integration with Windows 7.

User interface-wise, the Opera team has taken a few cues out of Google Chrome's handbook, which can only be seen as a good thing (at least, when you're a Chrome fanboy like myself). Tabs are now 'on top', the menu bar has been replaced by a single button, Aero Glass is fully supported, as are jump lists, Aero peek, and one-taskbar-entry-per-tab. This greatly improves the integration between Opera and Windows 7.

There's more than just looks, though. Opera 10.50 comes with a rewritten JavaScript engine called Carakan, as well as a new graphics library called Vega. They should bring considerable performance improvements to the Opera browser. This new release also includes support for HTML5 and CSS3, further improving the browser's standards support.

"Opera 10.50 is the fastest browser in almost all speed tests," said Lars Boilesen, CEO at Opera, "But, more important than any speed test is the real-world speed during use. We designed Opera 10.50 to be easy to use, while making our unique features stand out, so you can get more out of the Web."

You can download it from the Opera website, or, as they gleefully point out, through that browser ballot choice whatever thing in Windows. Linux and Mac versions are coming soon.

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