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Opera has released version 10 of its web browser. The Opera 10 beta version is available for Windows, Mac and Linux.

The company claims that the latest version of its browser offers improved speed and performance, and the Turbo function can deliver three or four times the speed of slower connections, even achieving broadband-like speeds on a dial-up connection.

New Opera 10 interface

The browser also boasts a completely new look. ‘Over time, the new user interface elements became so different that we decided to update everything. Mac users in particular should enjoy this update to the default Opera skin,’ said designer Jon Hicks.

The redesign includes changes to the way in which tabbed browsing works. For instance, you can now resize the tab bar (or double-click the handle) to reveal thumbnails of all your open tasks.  

Speed Dial using Opera 10

Speed Dial has been updated, too. The feature is a set of visual bookmarks you see when you open a new tab. To add a new page, simply click on an empty Speed Dial slot, and Opera will make suggestions based on browsing history and bookmarks. With Opera version 10 you can super-size your Speed Dial with a 5×5 grid.

However, Opera 10 faces an uphill battle to win the hearts of consumers. In April Internet Explorer (versions 6, 7 and 8) accounted for over 42% of the browser market, with Firefox claiming 47%, and relative newcomer Google Chrome almost 5%, according to W3Schools.

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