Opera 10.50 For Windows Released – A Worthy Challenger To Firefox And Chrome

As predicted, Opera 10.5 (final) for Windows is here. Yesterday, the Browser Choice screen went live in European Union countries and quite obviously, Opera is hoping to woo new users with their latest offering. However, does it have enough to challenge the likes of Firefox and Chrome?

Opera Software promised to deliver speed and with Opera 10.5, they have managed to deliver it with a dash of panache. Opera 10.5 features a markedly improved user interface (UI), which makes the best use of modern operating systems. The tab bar has been merged with the title bar and all the menu options are now offered through a single O-menu button. Opera 10.5 also makes use of Windows 7 features such as Jumplists and taskbar tabs.


The overall browsing experience is a lot more fluid thanks to the attention paid to minute details. The annoying dialogue boxes used in previous versions of Opera have been replaced with overlay boxes, which don’t get in your way. The address bar, search bar as well as the zoom button has received small tweaks but these minute changes have a big effect on the pleasantness of the UI.

Private Browsing has also been introduced in this version. Although Opera is the last of the major browsers to implement this feature, its implementation is probably the best. Opera supports Private Windows as well as Private Tabs. When you open a Private Tab or Window any browsing activity performed within that specific tab/window won’t be recorded.

There are major under the hood changes in Opera 10.5 including a brand new JavaScript engine (Carakan) and an updated rendering engine (Presto 2.5). As a result, Opera is now the fastest browser according to most tests. Opera 10.5 also boasts of full CSS 2.1 support and improved CSS 3 and HTML5 support. HTML5 videos (powered by Ogg Theora) are now supported in Opera.

Opera 10.5 is an immensely impressive browser. Whether it is the best browser or not simply boils down to personal preferences. Nevertheless, it should please anyone looking for a fast and pleasant web browsing experience.

[ Download Opera 10.5 for Windows ]

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  • Mark

    I'm loving it. It's got the speed of Chrome, the flexability of Firefox, and the security that NON of the others can match.

    The fact it' the fastest is even more impressive when you consider it's not just a browser, it's a email client, IRC, news, widget platform it's REALLY staggering.

    This is an essential upgrade for any Firefox user!

  • My friend, Carakan is the new Futhark Script engine and NOT a rendering engine like the updated Presto 2.5 engine. May I request you to update this post plz?


    • And that's what I have mentioned in the post. Here is the relavent segment:

      There are major under the hood changes in Opera 10.5 including a brand new JavaScript rendering engine (Carakan) and an updated rendering engine (Presto 2.5).

      • I read that which is why I pointed it out. Carakan is JavaScript engine and not a rendering engine. Logically questioning, why would Opera put two different rendering engines in one browser? JavaScript Engine and Rendering Engine are two entirely different things. If you have gone through the official Opera Post on Carakan, please do point out where has Opera used word 'render' in the entire post. Thanks.

        • Ah, now I see what caused the confusion. Yes, you are correct. Technically JavaScript is interpreted and compiled and not rendered. However, in colloquial language when we speak about a browser's Js capabilities we use the term render e.g. Chrome's JS rendering rocks or Opera's JS rendering sucks. Anyway, I have updated the post to remove any confusion.

          • Thanks for updating. Keep up the good work. :-)

  • Daniel


    The dev's have done an excellent job.

    Not sure how long i'll be keeping Firefox as default anymore… oh!


    Hi, I downloaded the latest Opera release. It froze at 76% during installation and could not go any further no mattet how long i waited. While it was hanging i lost control control of my pc. The desktop blacked out and i actually thought i had a virus. Not one to be put off i shut it down with the task manager and I deleted everything it had written and checked to see if it was installed in my control panel. It wasn't and i thought i was done. Not so. I have been having issues ever since.
    Maybe its the "phantom" of the opera causng problems

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  • Chris

    It's still a closed system. No one is writing extensions for it because it's not possible. Too bad. Another win for Chrome.