Opera 9.50 Alpha en.exe (Size: 4.94 MB) (Files: 2)
Opera 9.50 Alpha en.exe
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This week Opera pushed out the latest build of their browser, the 9.5 Alpha Edition.
Initial tests show it to be faster than current offerings from Firefox and IE.
The Opera Desktop Team released the alpha build of version 9.5 of its desktop browser.The
browser represents the first release under the new "Kestrel" name--previous 9.x versions
were named Merlin. The release supports Windows, Linux and Macintosh platforms.
The browser market, today is dominated by IE7 and Firefox 2.x. IE7 holds about 60%
marketshare, with Firefox coming in second place, with 35%, according to the latest figures.
According to the latest statistics, "alternative" browser Opera holds a mere 1.9% of the
Opera's development is based out of Oslo, Norway. The first public release of the Opera
browser was in 1996, with version 2.0. Opera, like Mozilla's software, has traditionally
been offered free of charge, starting with version 5.0. Version 5.0 to 8.0 used in-browser
advertising to pay for the development costs, but the ads were removed in version 8.5.
Opera introduced several innovations in terms of browsing. Some notable features are:
All keyboard controls and shortcuts are easibly mappable in the browser.
Page zooming of both images and text, from 20% to 1,000%.
Voice control, co-developed by IBM, which reads webpage text aloud and accepts user input.
Pop-up blocking and privacy control.
Built in download service.
Tabbed browsing--note: Opera was the first browser to offer this. Opera displays thumbnails
of the page in the tab, and opens pages as true documents, unlike many other browsers. This
allows you to resize different tabbed pages to different sizes.
Despite Opera's history of innovation, the question with this new release was if the
challenge of competing with much larger production teams and budgets at Mozilla and
Microsoft, would/ /be too much for Opera's development team.
Initial reports indicate that the browser is shaping up quite nicely, despite the adversity
of playing the underdog to IE7 and Firefox 2.x.
Improvements in the 9.5 release include:
Higher performance (faster page loadtimes)
Full history search
Improved site compatability
Preview of bookmarks
The design team has released detailed change logs of the improvements and fixes. For a look
at the Windows release change log, go to here:
Opera "Kestrel" 9.5 Alpha Build Released
The 9.5 build was put in a speed test against Firefox 2.x and IE7 on the blog Ars Technica
Run on the same platform, the 9.5 release at 281 ms load time was nearly twice as fast as
the previous version 9.23 (546 ms). The new version also held significant speed advantages
over Firefox 2.x and IE7. On Windows Vista, Opera 9.5 was reported to be around 50% faster
than Firefox 2.x and 100% faster than IE7, according to these speed tests.
The blog also reports that the speed of torrent downloads using the built in download
manager that supports torrents is greatly improved.
The blog also commends the new "Speed Synchronization" feature, which lets you remotely load
your bookmarks and features remotely to a seperate machine in mere seconds.
One key feature that may offset some of these improvements, is the fact that the Opera
browser still does not allow extensions, a very useful feature of the Firefox browser. The
Firefox's Greasemonkey utility.
Despite this noticeably absent feature, Opera's alpha release sports good performance and
seems indicative that final Opera 9.5 build is shaping up to be a solid competitor in the
Firefox and Internet Explorer-dominated browser market.
1. Install the Opera 9.50 Alpha en.exe
2. Run the program