Opera Software has released the third beta of Opera 10, the refreshed version of its feature-packed web browser available for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux. The new release brings tab tweaks, new UI tweaks designed to make browsing more efficient, as well as multilingual support, crash prevention and even more turbo.
“After more than 10 million test runs and ample user feedback, Opera 10 is now available in its third beta version [...] Performance and stability were prioritized in beta 3, with improvements to Opera Turbo, a compression tool for faster surfing, and refinements to the overall look and feel of the previous Opera 10 betas,” Opera Software says.
The full list of changes in Opera 10 Beta 3 posted in Opera Software’s press room reveals that “multiple Opera users who tested the previous betas shared their preferences for more visual tab options.” Therefore, “Opera has responded in beta 3 by offering options for tab placement. Now users can view their visual thumbnail tabs on the right or left side of the screen, in addition to placement options on the top or bottom. Visual Tabs are resizable and the thumbnail view is optional,” the company explains.
The same report explains how designer Jon Hicks continues his renovation of Opera’s user interface by adding tweaks “designed to make using Opera even more efficient.” Now Opera supports a total of 38 languages, in what is Opera Software’s aim “to make it easier for users around the world to feel more at home while online,” while adding crash prevention. “Opera’s integrated crash logger has made beta 3 a rock-solid ride,” the developers claim. Lastly, refinements have been made to Opera’s Turbo feature, which now shows even more increased speed when browsing on slow networks.
"This third beta comes after a lot of careful improvements. We have never released such a solid piece of technology that not only runs seamlessly, but is so nice to look at as well. I am proud of this release, and I hope that the web-using world will benefit from a browser that is truly ready to do some heavy lifting," said Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software.