Inside the Latest Version of the Opera Web Browser
On June 20, Opera Software ASA released Opera 9, the latest version of its Web browser for PCs, which is available free in more than 25 languages for Windows, Mac, Linux and other platforms. Opera has been developing Web browsers for the desktop, device and mobile markets for more than 10 years.
According to Thomas Ford, PR manager, desktop, Opera Software ASA, the appeal of Opera is both logical and emotional. “Users like our features. They like the speed of our rendering and the safer Web surfing experience. They appreciate how our features can help make them more productive. But they also connect with the emotional aspect of supporting the underdog by using a quality alternative to Internet Explorer,” he said.
Opera 9 enhances the way users’ access, share and use online content by including widgets and support for BitTorrent, a file distribution technology. “In Opera 9, we will finally unveiled widget support in the browser. Widgets are small applications that perform a specific function. Currently they do things like convert currency, translate phrases and display clocks. But by building this directly into the browser, we’ve greatly extended functionality and actually turned the browser into a platform for Web 2.0,” Ford said. “Also in Opera 9, we added BitTorrent. BitTorrent is easily the most popular file transfer protocol today. Instead of having a stand-alone client, we built it right into our transfer managers. This way, users can find, download and share torrents easily and directly.”
Although, the users preferences usually determines which Web browser they use, Ford said that it’s not a choice between Opera and open source browsers. “We believe in a Web that fosters innovation, regardless of whether our source code is open or protected. Open standards keep that innovation thriving,” he explained. “However, unlike many other commercial browsers, in Opera you can save an entire browsing session no matter how many tabs you have opened. This is obviously useful for someone conducting research, but it is equally useful for someone who has a select number of pages they check everyday.”
To learn more about the features and functionality of Opera 9, see http://www.opera.com/products/desktop.