After releasing Opera 11, the team at Opera are working hard to push for the next release touted as Opera 11.10 "Barracuda"; named after a fish known for its large size and fearsome appearance. Today, the Opera team have released the first snapshot of the latest version.
Don’t get put off by the large size of the fish though. My first impression was something that I have hardly seen with browsers. The installation of Opera 11.10 "Barracuda" was blazing fast, it hardly took 10 seconds, this is not the case for other browsers.
Other than that I found an improved experience in browsing webpages and watching videos including HTML5 videos. There aren’t any more visible changes with this build and it does support Opera extensions as in Opera 11.
In this release, Opera has upgraded Core from version 2.7.62 to 2.8.99 which includes the implementation of the Web Open Font Format (WOFF) which is a font format for use in web pages. The new format hasn’t been ratified by the W3C yet, but once it is done, it will become the interoperable font format which will be supported by all browsers.
In addition to that, there are several other changes in this build, which include:
- Disable Cookie2 by default, with an option to enable it again
- Send more compatible Accept header on second request
- Disable TLS 1.1 and 1.2 by default
- Make sure redirects from http to https are labeled secure
- Remove the use of master password for client certificates
- Added a preference to disable cross-network protection
The Alpha release of Opera 11.10 "Barracuda" is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux/FreeBSD. You can download the files from the links below.
Alpha software is usually not advisable to install for regular users, however, unlike other browsers, you can install multiple version of Opera on your PC. Each version has their own profile, better still you can just install Opera as a Portable Software. I am still using the browser to find what improvements have been made over Opera 11. Will do a review of the Alpha release soon.