Opera 9 goes public
Opera has announced the first public Beta of Opera 9, its forthcoming browser. Features of version 9 include support for widgets, thumbnail previews, site-specific preferences and improved pop-up blocking.
Of course this concept is already familiar to OS X users with their Dashboard widgets.
Essentially, for Opera, they are an attempt to build on the functionality of browsers, making them more than a static view of HTML content. At the least they can provide a ‘portalised’ browser interface – weather charts and share prices are the usual suspects mentioned – but potentially they could enable useful customised information sources.
‘We’re proud to release this Beta of Opera 9 to Web users around the world,’ said Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. ‘Opera 9 brings powerful new features to enhance the Web browsing experience and empower Web 2.0 developers. Opera 9 unlocks new levels of productivity for the Internet ecosystem.’
You can download the free beta, which runs on Windows, Macs and Unix, from www.opera.com/download.
The second technical preview of Opera 9 was previously released back in February. Support for BitTorrent file sharing was included in the first technical preview released in July 2005.