Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 25th Oct 2007 16:19 UTC, submitted by abdavidson
Opera Software The first Beta of Opera 9.5 has been released. "Opera 9.5 adds Full Text History Search allowing you to access find pages you forgot to bookmark by simply typing just a few words into your toolbar! Opera also gives you the ability to Create Search shortcuts from any search field on the Web; and to Synchronize your Bookmarks, Speed Dial with any other Mac or PC computer, your cell phone, or the Opera-powered Nintendo Wii Internet Channel through My Opera."
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Damn near perfect, even in Beta
by Dave_K on Fri 26th Oct 2007 11:42 UTC
Dave_K
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2005-11-16

It's just amazing going from IE7 on a work system to Opera running on a slower laptop. Just the speed and responsiveness give it a decisive advantage over Firefox and IE; at least if you browse heavily with multiple pages open, or don't have a top of the line PC.

I'm sure there are some bugs remaining in 9.5 beta, but so far I haven't found them. Even the alpha was extremely stable on my system. The beta solves all the issues I experienced with 9.5 snapshots and provides even more speed.

Almost all of the remaining user interface issues that have annoyed me in previous versions have been fixed. For example it can now reopen accidentally closed windows, not just the individual pages they contain. Other little touches are very welcome, such as a quick find field on the incredibly useful windows panel.

No other browser can be customised to meet my needs even half as well as Opera. Even with all the extensions available Firefox lacks key features that make Opera fantastic to use. Overall I find every other browser painful in comparison.

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