Opera 10 RC Out; Final Arriving on September 1

Opera today unveiled the Release Candidate of Opera 10 and also announced that the final version will be released on September 1st. The company says that this version has better performance, a Turbo mode for people with slow internet connections, support for a variety of Web standards, and improvements to the Opera Mail feature.

According to the Desktop Team this version should be considered a stable release and only selected fixes will be added if absolutely necessary. Here is what Opera's vice president of desktop products had to say: "Now we are very close to releasing the best browser in Opera's long history. We hope everyone who has helped us test our browser thus far will put the release candidate through its paces."

The most obvious change has to do with the application icon of the browser that was designed by Oleg Melnychuk. The red O has received a major facelift and is now available in bigger sizes, also, the document icon has been updated.

According to Techcrunch, Opera claims the browsers will be 40% faster than Opera 9.6 (due to the Presto rendering engine) which was the last major release.

Opera's current market share is being pegged at 1.97% according to Marketshare. So, will their market share increase post the release of Opera 10.0? How many people are going to use it as their main browser? That is the only question left on everyone's mind.

The new Opera release candidate is available for download now.

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"Opera's current market share is being pegged at 1.97% according to Marketshare. So, will their market share increase post the release of Opera 10.0? How many people are going to use it as their main browser? That is the only question left on everyone's mind."

NO!!!

CarlosMiguel said,
"Opera's current market share is being pegged at 1.97% according to Marketshare. So, will their market share increase post the release of Opera 10.0? How many people are going to use it as their main browser? That is the only question left on everyone's mind."

NO!!!

but it is more widely used in cellphones and other embedded devices.

Interesting how this post fails to mention ANY of the many new features/improvements coming in Opera 10. Anyway, here goes:

Visual Tabs
You can make the tab area bigger and you will get visual thumbnails on them (Shiny ) . Can also be placed on the sides if you want to.

Speed Dial
You can now customize it with background & different number of sites.

Other noteworthy stuff:
Opera Turbo
Automatic updates
Crash logging
Inline spelling checker
100/100 and pixel-perfect on the Acid3 test
Significantly improved performance, particularly on CSS/HTML rendering
Opera Mail HTML Compose support
New default theme

The thing is, the first thing you will notice is the new icon. It's the most OBVIOUS change, not the one and only

It looks stupid when you don't know the difference between "obvious" and "biggest".

And lawl at the anti-opera propagandists. You know who they are if you read Neowin regularly. They'll jump at Opera every small chance they get.

The visual tabs is a neat feature. I accidentally discovered it yesterday and thought this maybe another Opera first. Is it?

I'm a Firefox and Opera user btw,50/50. Best of both worlds.

Correction, not the visual tab per se, but the feature that you can expand the tab bar to see all visual tabs at the same time.

I will definitly give it i try. I've used Opera is the past both when it was paid [well, free with a keygen] and free and I liked it. I've just been using IE8 [Win 7 Ult. RTM] because AI Roboform works with it and I'm not a fan of Firefox.

Unfortunately, Roboform does not work with Opera so I'll be keeping IE as the default browser for the time being

I used to be like that. But for general users, the Opera Wand is more than enough. Roboform free has a limit on the number of passwords stored. That is what threw me off Roboform.

Great job Oleg!!!! HAHA!
I'm glad they list that as one of the "Main" upgrades, oh boy...

Maybe if he would have learned some code he could have been congratulated in the credits Twice!! :)

Oh, and since they updated the build info in the About Opera menu, couldn't they list that as a "Major" update??

Not really. There are quite a few changes compared to the previous stable version. However, this is the most significant change compared to their beta 3 build.

i like how you can hide the menu bar in it, its become much more minimalistic, and a few sites ive seen opera fail on arent failing, so bravo
however, still no right-click able menu's(why the HELL haven't they added this), still no ad blocking solition comparable to ADP

Try making sure Preferences > Advanced > Content > Javascript Options > "Allow scripts to detect context menu events" is turned on.

I don't care if it's not open source, I don't care how long it took before it was provided free, Opera is the fastest opening, fastest browsing full-service browser you can put on Windows... absolutely no question about it. I love firefox, but I don't use it for most of my browsing. It's just too slow. Opera does almost everything it does, only faster. This 10 version is even faster. I love this browser, and frankly, I don't care if I'm in a minority. I also use Linux, and it's great to have the same browser on both Windows and Linux.

moonfleet said,
I don't care if it's not open source, I don't care how long it took before it was provided free, Opera is the fastest opening, fastest browsing full-service browser you can put on Windows... absolutely no question about it. I love firefox, but I don't use it for most of my browsing. It's just too slow. Opera does almost everything it does, only faster. This 10 version is even faster. I love this browser, and frankly, I don't care if I'm in a minority. I also use Linux, and it's great to have the same browser on both Windows and Linux.

Chrome has cold-started, and none-cold-started much faster than all my attempts at using Opera... and this one is no different. I've already tested it on Windows XP, as well as Windows 7 RTM. Thank you very much. Nice try though.

I'll dl the Opera USB version of it and use it regularly. FF will always be the workhorse for me though. It's functionality is infinite with addons. Don't mind a little lag once in awhile either. You get what you pay for.

New icon looks way better than that old, dated icon and the Mac interface doesn't look so bad either. Javascript performance is still bad as hell though...

Looking forward to the final version. Will be my fifth major Opera version. I started with 6. something. Gets better and better.

Hm... Interesting. I may give it a try, but I so love Firefox that it's unlikely I would switch... In the past I have been very underwhelmed by Opera, so we'll see... Not that I'm really interested in giving a company that whines like them any market share anyhow...

Please tell me that Opera 10 looks better on Linux than previous versions. It doesn't use the system theme and stands out (in a bad way).

The most obvious change has to do with the application icon

Really? THAT is the biggest change to their new browser? Oh, wow. No wonder they have to scapegoat Microsoft for their struggle to get any marketshare.

I gave Opera a try before their whining about the competition. I could only tolerate it for a few days. Now they expect to win people over with a polished O? Please. Maybe they don't realize that there's more to web browsing than an applicaiton icon.

It's not so bad, but I do have a few issues with it. Take for instance... dragging text in a textbox. Instead of highlighting it and dragging the text it... copies it? That doesn't make much sense.

Firefox can do the same, but functions more like the Windows OS in that, just as you would highlight and drag a folder, holding shift allows you to simply copy what you're dragging. Otherwise though, it drags the text.

I'm also not very pleased with the way Opera works with the undo button. Sometimes I catch it backspacing each character I've typed. I'm like, "Oh yeah, that's convenient..." Could've done the same damn thing myself with backspace as opposed to hitting ctrl+z.

There are a few other things I could go into, but my big beef is lack of customization. I really don't feel there isn't enough room to make the browser the way you want it to be. I mean, aside from not being able to change certain menus, there is also no addon feature what-so-ever, which throws out any chance of third parties allowing us to actually make the changes we'd like to in order to make browsing a more pleasurable experience.

I'm not one to suggest that all browsers should be exactly the same, but some features should simply be standard.

Looking forward to final. Been using 10.00 beta 2 for awhile. I wish people would stop comparing so much the performance and this and that. Opera isn't for everyone, but its my primary OS and as far as I'm concerned if you like Firefox or IE, great stay with them.

cropcircles said,
Looking forward to final. Been using 10.00 beta 2 for awhile. I wish people would stop comparing so much the performance and this and that. Opera isn't for everyone, but its my primary OS and as far as I'm concerned if you like Firefox or IE, great stay with them.

Opera isn't an OS.

They need a new market, they can't compete with so many other (better?) desktop programs available. Choice isn't bad but they had their shot before but continued to charge in a free browser world. For being so visionary with their features, they should have seen where the Internet was going and adapt. Now they are fighting for scraps, while Firefox struck while the iron was hot. People were craving something other than IE and they introduced extensions to the world, a big one-two punch.

i am actually curious to see how much market share they gain. Also, does anyone know why they are not trying this stunt in north america?

They won't gain any market. IE and Safari come by default, Firefox is a well established brand name, and Chrome has the weight of Google behind it. What chance does Opera honestly have?

Their only hope remains in the mobile market.

bangbang023 said,
They won't gain any market. IE and Safari come by default, Firefox is a well established brand name, and Chrome has the weight of Google behind it. What chance does Opera honestly have?

Their only hope remains in the mobile market.


and the their wii market hehe... see what I did there?

I used to try Opera here and then to see if it fit my needs better than Firefox.
After the amount of pathetic whining to the EU/EC that they've done because they make a worse browser, I don't care to try it.

What is it with software these days releasing a RC version just days before the final version?
Ubuntu 9.04 for example and now again Opera. The whole point of a RC is to check for show-stopping bugs by releasing it in the wild/broad audience. Also by checking on more computers, you get proper telemetry on your current non-finished product.

They should have stopped charging for it way before they did. By the time Opera went free, Firefox was growing rapidly and no one cared about Opera. It's sad, but they're fighting a losing battle.

Actually, they've been doing great lately according to some statistics, especially in early 2009.

Net Applications says:
2007 Q3 - 0.51% (... and around this percentage since at least late 2004)
2009 Q2 - 2.05% (with a spike of a highest usage at 2.18% in 2009 Q1)

So it seems that Opera may have made some good strides especially since the web browser wars were reignited.

Jugalator said,
Actually, they've been doing great lately according to some statistics, especially in early 2009.

Net Applications says:
2007 Q3 - 0.51% (... and around this percentage since at least late 2004)
2009 Q2 - 2.05% (with a spike of a highest usage at 2.18% in 2009 Q1)

So it seems that Opera may have made some good strides especially since the web browser wars were reignited.


Net Applications is US centralised statistics. Use StatCounter for global stats.

Opera has 4% worldwide with 7,5% in Europe. Most of it comes from the Commonwealth of Independent States. Opera is on first place in CIS with 40% slightly ahead of IE. FF falls far behind with 24%. Chrome has under 2% in CIS eating mainly Opera and FF users, while Safari has 0%, because it's not that easy to get over Europeans by PR and ads.

coth said,

Net Applications is US centralised statistics. Use StatCounter for global stats.

Opera has 4% worldwide with 7,5% in Europe. Most of it comes from the Commonwealth of Independent States. Opera is on first place in CIS with 40% slightly ahead of IE. FF falls far behind with 24%. Chrome has under 2% in CIS eating mainly Opera and FF users, while Safari has 0%, because it's not that easy to get over Europeans by PR and ads.

+1 on this

Indeed its faster than 9.6 but well, but not by 40% on my system. Opera is a great browser. Some like FF, some like IE... Everyone browse the way they want, and Opera does the job for me.

I like the button that allows you to whine directly to the EU. Very convenient.

-Edit: Nice, they are touting a resizeable search field as a feature. LOL. **** off Opera.

Septimus said,
I like the button that allows you to whine directly to the EU. Very convenient.

-Edit: Nice, they are touting a resizeable search field as a feature. LOL. **** off Opera.


Hahahha, oh wow.

(snipped)

It has been resizable before Firefox. You can also remove it completely (as I do) and search from the address bar with search engine shortcut.

Septimus said,
I like the button that allows you to whine directly to the EU. Very convenient.

-Edit: Nice, they are touting a resizeable search field as a feature. LOL. **** off Opera.

ye of course u lil kid at least they do say they made it only in Opera 10 not like Firefox when they just added it in 3.5 and no 1 even knew it's there...

will be 40% faster than Opera 9.6 (due to the Preston rendering engine)

That should be "Presto". The RC's quite nice, and I like the new strawberry-red icon. *licks screen*

I would not call the new O icon a major facelift at all. It's more of an evolution or refinement of the existing icon. As for the release, I got turned off by Opera's "everything and the kitchen sink" philosophy a long time ago.

JonathanMarston said,
I wouldn't call it a facelift at all. It looks like a 3 minute Photoshop job by a 1st year design student.

If that.

JonathanMarston said,
I wouldn't call it a facelift at all. It looks like a 3 minute Photoshop job by a 1st year design student.

Complexity =/= good logo.

Just because something looks simple doesn't mean it is, or that no thought went into it. Do you actually have any design experience?

It won't (re)gain me as a user until they integrate with the OS platforms they support better, along with the new Javascript engine they are supposedly working on right now.

How about a screenshot of the browser instead of a big 'O' on a very ugly black background?

Alrighty.....it's now huge 'O' on a transparent background

M. Seth said,
How about a screenshot of the browser instead of a big 'O' on a very ugly black background?

Alrighty.....it's now huge 'O' on a transparent background

First thought I had as well.