Opera 10.60: Everything Just Got A Bit Better
The final build of Opera 10.60 is out. Within a month, Opera Software has managed to go from alpha to final release quality. I had reviewed Opera 10.60 Beta when it was released. Since then, there haven’t been any significant changes. However, as expected, numerous existing bugs and stability issues have been fixed.
Opera 10.60 features the new Presto 2.6 rendering engine. Carakan has also been optimised to introduce further speed improvements. The result of the Peacekeeper benchmark (carried out by Opera Software) is embedded below.
Developers will be pleased with the improved standards support. With the latest release, Opera becomes the first (stable) browser to support the WebM video platform. Other new standards supported include AppCache, Web Workers and Geolocation. You can give Geolocation a spin on Opera’s special Geolocation demo page, which shows real-time downlaods of the browser on an interactive map.
Opera 10.60 has also received numerous minor visual facelifts. The ungainly O-Menu button has been replaced with a more decent looking counterpart, speed dial page adapts better to widescreen resolutions, hover tab thumbnails are cleaner and internal tabs (like Mail, Notes and History) now display icons instead of thumbnails.
Other changes include addition of the Bing search engine, live search suggestions for Wikipedia and inclusion of AVG’s services in Opera’s antimalware and anti-phishing feature. The latest build can be downloaded from opera.com/browser/download.
The 10.60 release builds upon the revolutionary Opera 10.5 and takes things up a notch. The latest update just solidifies Opera’s position as one of the best browsers out there. Unfortunately, the lack of an API still sticks out as a sore point. Opera is the only major browser which is yet to support add-ons. Firefox, Chrome, Safari and even Internet Explorer have add-ons/extensions. So Opera, what’s taking so long?