Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Jun 2011 18:52 UTC, submitted by Idefix
Opera Software "Opera 11.50 introduces a new and novel type of browser extension: Speed Dial extensions. Instead of handy thumbnails and links to your top sites, you can embed your Speed Dial with extensions that keep you updated - instantly - on what is happening around the Web." Other cool stuff includes more updates to the interface, password synchronisation between your Opera installations, and lots under-the-hood stuff.
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by Praxis on Tue 28th Jun 2011 20:31 UTC
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I've grabbed the download this morning, not many surprises since I was running Opera Next occasionally, but overall I find this release to be a very good one for Opera. They have the best speed dial page by far now, a few of the speed dial extensions are good as well, hopefully that number will increase.

Its goes without saying that the browser is fast, but I'll say it anyway. The browsers starts fast, tabs open and pages load fast, overall response is fast. I'm not talking about benchmarks here, the difference between those can be measured in milliseconds nowadays. I'm just going on everyday use, and there it matches or beats chrome in pretty much every test I could do.

Extensions are getting better, but it still lags chrome a lot, and firefox by a hell of a lot, but you can find the bare essentials now.

The new theme is good and it his a couple of nice touches here and there. For instance tabs you have not visted or that have been updated since you last looked at them, have little dog eared corners in them to distinguish them from those you have. A small touch but I like it already.

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