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Opera Next for Windows 12.10 Beta released

Opera Web browser offers the best internet browsing experience available. Discover what over 20 million people have already experienced by downloading Opera's fast and safe internet browsers. Features include Speed Dial, Search Shortcuts, and Trash Can. Here's an easy way to stay up to date with alphas and betas. Opera Next runs side by side with your main installation.

What's new in this build?

- Operating system compatibility: Windows 8

Opera 11.60 Beta 1 released

We have all seen the new Opera 12 snapshots floating around so its kind of odd to see an Opera 11 build. But have no fear, Opera 12 has recently been delayed and in the mean time, we will get Opera 11.60 instead. Dont worry though, most of the new features planned for Opera 12 are now in Opera 11.60.

So whats new in this Beta build?

New mail design

Opera 12 Alpha Build 12.00.1116

Opera Software took the hardware acceleration plunge with the release of its first alpha version of Opera 12, code-named Wahoo, last week. Now we get our hands on an updated Alpha build.

Opera 12 brings along with it some cool new features. Among them:

Opera 12 Alpha, codenamed Wahoo

Opera Software took the hardware acceleration plunge today with the release of its first alpha version of Opera 12, code-named Wahoo.

Opera 12 also gets some other features. Among them:

• The ability to control a computer's camera. For now, Opera is using the Device API approach, one that not all browser makers favor, but the company didn't want to wait longer to enable the feature so that Web apps could, for example, snap a profile picture.

IE9 vs Chrome 10 vs Firefox 4 RC vs Opera 11.01 vs Safari 5

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes at ZDNet runs through the standard series of browser benchmarks comparing Microsoft's latest and greatest IE9 to the other major players: Firefox 4 RC, Chrome 10, Safari 5, and Opera 11. Microsoft's hard work on IE9 seems to have paid off with the 32-bit version of the browser winning one of the four benchmarks and being a decent contender in the other three. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the 64-bit version of IE9 which suffers due to the lack of a Just In Time (JIT) script compiler.

How Do Browsers Scale?

Benchmarking browsers is a somewhat silly exercise, since scores cannot be replicated on a variety of hardware, and it is not uncommon for even the same system to fail to replicate benchmarks scores, especially in JavaScript tests in two succeeding runs. The guys over at ConceivablyTech have an interesting approach, running browsers through multiple tests on different sets of hardware (including an Android smartphone), and showing the scaling differences between browsers when you are using a dual-core netbook on the low-end and a six-core desktop on the high-end. They also tested HTML5 on Firefox mobile and found the browser has better HTML5 support than the current Firefox 4 Beta 6.