Friday, February 26th, 2010
The Opera team has released 10.50 for Mac and along with it some impressive performance numbers:
- Stabilization Improvements: You will find that this build is much more stable than the pre-alpha build.
- More polished user interface: The whole UI is more polished now. We’re still not done yet, and expect more polishes and improvements in the builds to come.
- Opera Unite: Opera Unite now works with this release. You can browse through and download unite apps through the Unite Apps Repository.
- HTML5 <video>: This beta now supports the html5 <video> tag.
- Widgets as standlone apps: We’ve already talked about widgets as standalone apps, but this functionality was till now, only available in windows builds. Now even in this build of 10.50 beta for mac, you can use widgets as standalone apps. Check out this ODIN post by Patrick Lauke on standalone widgets for more information.
- New Developer Tools Menu: You can go to ‘View->Developer Tools’ Menu to access common and usefull tools for developers, such as Opera Dragonfly, cache information, the error console, the source code of the page, and more.
Gregg Keizer talks about the performance side of things
According to tests run by Computerworld, Opera 10.5 was nearly 15% faster than Safari for Windows and almost 20% faster than Google’s Chrome, the previous No. 1 and No. 2 browsers. Opera’s preview was more than twice as fast as Mozilla’s Firefox 3.6, over eight times faster than Opera 10.10, and 10 times faster than Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 (IE8).
We tend to talk a lot about WebKit, Moz, and IE…. congrats to the Opera team on their impressive work.
Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:27 pm