Opera 12.00 beta released

Opera has now released the first beta version of Opera 12.00, the next major release of its popular web browser. Version 12.00 is also known by its code name Wahoo. It adds a number of new features to the browser, including 64-bit support for the Windows and Mac versions.

Opera 12.00 beta also has a number of performance and stability improvements, new support for hardware accelerated graphics chips via WebGL, redesigned security badges, right-to-left scripts support, a number of new themes such as Cookie Monster in the screenshot above, and more.

The new beta version also discontinues support for some other features, including Opera Unite and Opera Widgets, along with the browser's legacy X+V standard and the UI voice commands.

While both Firefox and Chrome will be launching versions of their browsers that will support the Metro interface in Windows 8, Opera stated a month ago it has not yet committed to a Metro version of its browser, saying only that it was " ... currently looking into Windows 8." We recently checked back with Opera to see if their stance has changed but they replied back that they still have nothing new to report on their Windows 8 plans.

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I'm it running now neowin loads pretty quick.. I was impressed with the difference between version 11.62 and 12.00 Beta. I think I read somewhere they are looking at a late June or early July release. x64 browser about ruddy time as well. But does it make a difference. I tested both Operax86 and Operax64 on two different testbeds and there is a noticeable difference between the two Operax64 loading Neowin is about 8 seconds faster than Operax86. It doesn't sound much and I thought there wouldn't be a difference between the two but there is.

Turn Opera Turbo on Operax64 and neowin looks dreadful. turn it off and refresh the page and it is back to normal again. It's a vast improvement over 11.62 and it's nice to see Opera pulling up their socks and getting down to creating a well balanced stable browser. Just has some issues with HTML5 and CSS3 but these will be sorted before initial release.

Good job Opera

Every time I give Opera a try, I face some usability issue. Basic/standard Windows feature done in a non-standard way or broken which makes me not use it. V11 didn't properly add an extension when saving web pages!! With 11.50, environment variables didn't work in standard common dialogs for Save/Open.

Hmm?

I thought this was further along than this?

Guess I've been getting excited for nothing, to soon!!

Actually, best browser out of the box ever! Glad the fanboys never caught on to it!

lol...opera 12 beta is now 64 bit......

ok how many alphas of firefox have had 64 bit support to date.....and it still hasnt come into beta

Opera is kinda like Met Art. Most imitated web browser Never copied. Always way out front. Only safe browser. All the others allow popups ore in chrome popunders

tiagosilva29 said,
****ing idiots.

Well, if you'd read their reasoning, it's because the third party voice libraries they were using are no longer maintained or upto scratch.

Opera is actually a good browser. The sidebar is such a good feature, it's well designed and implemented. Firefox already copies enough from Opera but I wish they'd copy the sidebar. The built-in IRC client is also cool and the smooth scrolling is the best I've found in any browser.

Sly_Ripper said,
The built-in IRC client is also cool and the smooth scrolling is the best I've found in any browser.

Simple, has all the standard functions, and does the job quite well!

geesh bit late to the party this has been out since December as Opera OOPP it has now been absorbed into the Opera Next 12 versions which currently sit at 12.00 alpha Build 1380

it's still an Alpha not yet ready for BETA

Athlonite said,
geesh bit late to the party this has been out since December as Opera OOPP it has now been absorbed into the Opera Next 12 versions which currently sit at 12.00 alpha Build 1380

it's still an Alpha not yet ready for BETA

oops now it's updated itself it says it 12.0.1387 still not what I'd call BETA quality to many problems with lockups and skydrive issues and HWA is a confused joke right now

fobban said,
Does the version number reflect the number of users?

They have their numbers. I still prefer that browser over every other since it offer me great functions without add-on installing.

bjoswald said,
Three hundred years after everybody else, Opera comes through with HWA -- and still fails.

That's what happens when your software mode is so good it beats everyones HWA.

HawkMan said,

That's what happens when your software mode is so good it beats everyones HWA.


IE10 beats Opera's software mode. Only IE9/10 though, only.

bjoswald said,
Three hundred years after everybody else, Opera comes through with HWA -- and still fails.

Everyone else is only fully hardware accelerating on Windows. Opera is trying for full hardware acceleration on all its platforms (Linux, Mac, Windows, FreeBSD, TV, Mobile, etc),

Well, there's a reason it's not enabled by default. They're also doing a far harder task than anyone else trying hardware acceleration yet.

But, in many areas DirectX acceleration is noticeably faster than software. Even Opera themselves say it's only slower in select cases, and in my own general usage it's pretty much visibly faster in all areas.

~Johnny said,
Well, there's a reason it's not enabled by default. They're also doing a far harder task than anyone else trying hardware acceleration yet.

But, in many areas DirectX acceleration is noticeably faster than software. Even Opera themselves say it's only slower in select cases, and in my own general usage it's pretty much visibly faster in all areas.


I've been trying to use it since this morning to no avail. My ****ty 8600m GT seems it doesn't like Hardware Accel at all. Even 720p videos in DXVA crawls for playback. @_@.