Earlier today, Opera Software released the first beta build of Opera 10.60. Regular Techie Buzz readers are probably already aware of all the major new features, since Opera 10.60 beta doesn’t do anything we haven’t seen in the snapshot builds. Here is a quick recap:
WebM: WebM is Google’s new open video platform that will hopefully become the de-facto standard on the web. Opera was quick to release an experimental build when WebM was announced and has now merged it with the main trunk.
Geolocation: Opera has been toying with the W3C Geolocation API for a long time. In brief, the Geolocation API can be leveraged by services like Twitter and FourSquare to guess your location without requiring the use of a GPS device. Check out this article to get a deeper understanding of the Geolocation API.
Web Workers: This is a new technology that allows web applications to spawn background processes to improve performance through greater parallelism.
AppCache: AppCache or Application Cache is a new HTML5 technology designed to provide offline access to web applications. You can think of it as a standards based alternative to Google Gears.
Improved UI: Opera has received numerous visual tweaks, which makes the overall experience more pleasant. Among other things, the ugly O button has been replaced with a more dignified Menu button, tab previews as well as internal tab thumbnails are prettier, speed dials now work better in wide-screen monitors and search previews provide suggestions as you type (available for Wikipedia).
Opera 10.60 beta is so fast, it will blow you away,says Chief Development Officer, Christen Krogh, Opera Software. Beyond the speed boost, the latest version of Opera improves on our robust HTML5 support and provides more options for quick and efficient Web search through your preferred search engines. By combining raw speed with intuitive and easy-to-use features, Opera places you among the fastest Internet users on the planet.
Opera 10.60 Beta 1 is available for Windows, Mac and UNIX and can be downloaded from opera.com/browser/next/.