Opera 9 Technology Preview 2

Opera released a technology preview of Opera 9, codenamed Merlin, on Opera Labs. There are some very cool features we want you to try:

New Features:

Widgets

Opera Widgets
– Widgets are small AJAX applications that provide specific
functionality – like getting your favorite news, converting currency
and so on.

BitTorrent

BitTorrent
– BitTorrent has become one of the most popular file transfer protocols
around.

Create search

Customize your search engines
– Use your favorite search engine in the search box. Go to the site you
want and right click on the search field site and click on the search
field. You will then be prompted to “create searchâ€?

Block content

Improved content blocker
– Cosmetic surgery for Web pages. Just right click on a page and select
“block contentâ€?. Any content not greyed out can be blocked with a
click. Select “doneâ€? and see the page the way you want.

Block pop-ups

Improved pop-up blocker
– Just try it with some nasty popups.

Site preferences

Site specific preferences
– For those of you who want to control settings for specific pages.
Want to accept some cookies and deny others? How about setting your own
style sheet to make the site more accessible? Just right click on the
page and select “Site preferencesâ€?.

Thumbnail preview

Thumbnail preview
– Opera conserves system resources and uses less memory than other
browsers so it’s easy to have many tabs open at once. But just what tab
had that video you wanted? Using the thumbnail feature, you can find
out by resting the mouse on any tab.

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Opera Browsers in Hindi and Punjabi

Opera Software announced the availability
of its browser in both Hindi and Punjabi.
The browser is available for Windows and Linux.
It can be downloaded from Opera’s download page.

About the Opera Browser

Already regarded as the world’s fastest, most secure browser, Opera speeds up your Web browsing with these innovative features:

  • Navigate quickly using intuitive mouse gestures and browser tabs
  • Start from where your last browsing session ended or save your entire session
  • Access downloaded files quickly with the transfer manager
  • Protect against identity theft and phishing with integrated security features
  • Shop Amazon, browse Ebay, and search the Web with Google right from the address bar
  • Set reminders for Web pages you visit with the notes feature

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Opera 9.0 Technology Preview 1

Opera Software, who recently made their Opera Browser free has announced the availability of Opera 9.0 Technology Preview 1.

The release log shows that it has undergone many changes. Some notable ones include a opera:config for managing preferences (just like Firefox’s about:config), and pressing CTRL+N now opens a new window instead of tab. To open a new tab? Press CTRL+T (which is er, just like Firefox).

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Opera 2.4 million downloads and counting…

Since Opera went free, it has been downloaded 2.4 million times and counting.Opera claims that this is twice the download rate from three months ago, and most of the downloads are coming from Microsoft Internet Explorer users. [more ]

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Opera: Now completely free of charge

Opera Software today permanently removed the ad banner and licensing fee from its award-winning Web browser.
The ad-free, full-featured Opera browser is now available for download – completely free of charge – at http://www.opera.com.

“Today
we invite the entire Internet community to use Opera and experience Web
browsing as it should be,” said Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera
Software. “Removing the ad banner and licensing fee will encourage many
new users to discover the speed, security and unmatched usability of
the Opera browser.”

Opera
was previously available free of charge with an ad banner. Users had
the option of paying a licensing fee to remove the ad banner and
receive premium support.

“Opera fans around the globe made this
day possible,” said von Tetzchner. “As we grow our userbase, our
mission and our promise remain steadfast: we will always offer the best
Internet experience to our users – on any device. Today this mission
gains new ground.”

Availability

Download the Opera browser, available in 20 languages. The complete download is less than 4MB.

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