Opera 10.50 final release available for download

Opera 10.50 final release available for download

Summary: To coincide with Microsoft's rollout of the browser ballot across Europe, Opera 10.50 has been released.

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To coincide with Microsoft's rollout of the browser ballot across Europe, Opera 10.50 has been released.

I've kept a close eye on the various betas of 10.50, and have been impressed with what I've seen. For one thing, the browser is fast. Very fast. So fast it leaves Firefox and Chrome eating its dust.

There's also a raft of new features for users to play with.

Go get it and give it a go!

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  • Giving it a go

    As a long time user of Opera, I was on it a little after midnight, and it was still hard because the servers were swamped.

    I was a bit disappointed, however, as the released version bears the same revision number as RC5, which I had gotten yesterday.

    As far as performance is concerned, it is great! The speed is amazing, and actually is much faster than Iron 4.0.280 on several of my machines. According to Betanews, Chrome 5 revisions have gone in the other direction, becoming slower, so Opera should have the lead in speed for awhile.

    As a user since 8.53, I think speed is nice, but to compete with Chrome (or Iron, in my case) Opera is going to have to get a better handle on Widgets. Some are very good, some are lousy. Also, they are not uniform enough in their working.

    For me personally, I use Iron a lot as it has a StumbleUpon extension, which works very well, and Opera has none.

    General browsing however finds me using Opera exclusively.

    For the many that can see the forest and the separate trees too, Opera should be given a try. I will concede that many who use Firefox will prefer Chrome or Iron because of the LEGO-like building block nature of Chrome. Those that get truly excited about extensions will never become Opera fans until the Widgets get improved.
    chrome_slinky
  • Wow this must be an amazing browser

    because Andrian had a lot to say, he said it was fast, very fast with features.

    Yet no comparison versus any other browser,no test results, no feature list.

    Come Andrian in past time with test you tested different browser and showed benchmarks, yet this time you say it is fast, very fast.
    BroGnorik
  • RE: Opera 10.50 final release available for download

    well, he did post a link to his own article -- which shows opera 10.5 is slower than chrome!

    and this means chrome is "eating its dust" because....

    Adrian, do you even read your own blog??? sigh.
    davepowell
  • Woot! 10.5 people care

    Now I expect all 10.5 of you to download it today and be very vocal to try to make yourselves look like a much larger group. Got it? Ok GO!

    On the corporate front expect Opera to file 10.5 new lawsuits in an attempt to gain 10.6 new users for it's next version...
    Johnny Vegas
  • Still not going to download it.

    I refuse to support a company that needs to complain to the EU in an attempt to capture market share because their product can't do it on its' own merit.

    Firefox has taken a major share of the browser market, and now Chrome is making a good run, based on the quality of their product and marketing.

    I'll stick with Firefox/Chrome/IE and wish Opera a speedy death.
    Digger_z
    • so... what browser is left for you to use then?

      You complain about Opera, yet about a year after they filed their initial complaints to the EU (and only a month after the EU took up the issue), Google and Mozilla joined in.

      Mozilla Foundation joined in the complaints against Microsoft:
      http://www.osnews.com/story/20949/Mozilla_Joins_Opera_in_Celebrating_EU_s_Actions_Against_IE

      Google joined in the complaints against Microsoft:
      http://www.wired.com/techbiz/media/news/2009/02/reuters_us_google_microsoft

      I'm just confused by yours and other's specific issue with Opera in this regard when it is common for the underdogs to ask governments to check in on a Monopoly's anti-competitive behavior.

      Netscape complained to the US about MS back in the mid 90's.
      AMD about Intel
      (these are only two examples off the top of my head)

      You take Opera, a small company who has stayed in business since the mid 90's. They had a rough start when MS and Mozilla began bundling their browsers in the OS or giving them away for free as they had to make money somehow to stay in business. They found a way and they continue to innovate and give everyone else something to envy.

      I don't mean to attack, I'm genuinely not able to understand the general prejudice against Opera when the organizations behind Chrome and Firefox raised the same complaints to the EU against MS.
      nstuff
      • Opera was the instigator

        It is somewhat understandable that once Opera started the action and the EU took up the complaint that the other competitors (Mozilla and Google) would jump on the bandwagon. That doesn't change the fact that it was Opera that championed the complaint and doesn't change my opinion of them as a company unable to compete without outside support.
        Digger_z
      • WGET.

        Use the WGET command, receive unprocessed HTML, interpret it in your head.

        The best thing is that you choose whether to respect strict HTML standards or not. If you want to support the BLINK tag, then when you see it you blink. If an unclosed font tag offends you, you just stop reading.

        Unfortunately WGET may be suppressed by anti-virus software. This is because anti-virus publishers are in league with the so-called "legitimate" browser vendors.
        Robert Carnegie 2009
    • Loverock Davidson says...

      The exact same thing... Are you him?
      Darth Malus
      • No, but I agree

        I won't support such whiners. Microsoft bundles IE. Get over it. That doesn't mean you have to use it, and are free to use something else. They have every right to bundle what ever technologies they wish into their product.
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • Adrian, a man of few words

    A very nice review indeed.

    A few questions. Does it implement protected mode? Security zones or NoScript? Does it tag the downloaded files so that Windows can warn users before they open files?

    Does it support automatic updates? I checked mine, it was 10.10 and it said it was up to date. Not a word about the new version popped up, perhaps because after a couple of minutes 10.10 was stuck downloading a handful of tabs. 10.50 was faster, but was slow than other browsers anyway. Perhaps it was because I switched on the turbo mode; it seems to work faster without it.

    OK, let me help you. 10.50 seems to have borrowed nicely from Chrome: the tabs are integrated with the toolbar, thus saving vertical space. Nice integration with Windows 7 task bar. Thumbnail previews on tabs (similar to Windows 7 task bar) is a good idea.

    There is no protected mode. No separate processes for tabs. The downloaded files are not tagged as originated from the Internet.

    Speed is not everything.

    Edit: Most importantly, support for ZDNet talkbacks seems to be broken: pressing "Members login" or "Reply to message" does nothing. :-(
    Earthling2
    • Not neccessarily right...

      First off. I have not had a single problem accessing ZDNet or any other site with my Opera. I have been using Opera as my only browser since 2002. Sure, I gave others a try.

      Might want to check your PC. This is an issue perhaps with your registry or something.

      The tab thing, if I am understanding you, Chrome was not the first. Opera had this a couple of generations ago.So, not true there. Good point on the turbo setting though. I run on a 3.5 Gbit High Speed Internet here and also my wireless is /N and is 1.35gBit. I killed turbo and then reset it to "Auto" and never had another problem. You're right there.

      As far as the "update" goes that you mentioned, also true. It didn't tell me neither at first. I have several machines. After I downloaded upon reading it here first, a few minutes later, on my other box, it was screaming to upgrade.

      It took less than 4 seconds to download either way.
      Darth Malus
    • originated from the Internet?

      So, you dont know when you downloaded a file? I dont understand. whats the point of having that? have never ever needed such thing.

      Turbo works on slow connections.

      Script control started in Opera.

      And about security I relly on the firewall and AV I have installed, not on the browser.
      hectormacias
      • Suite yourself

        Go on, sute yourself. But then assume full responsibility for using a program that downloads potentially dangerous content from the Internet first without providing adequate protection against remote code execution exploits in its own and plugins' code (as IE and Chrome do in Windows or FireFox with AppArmor does in Linux), and second, full responsibility for passing downloaded content to other unsuspecting programs, which may choose in favor of usability instead of security if they don't know the content is from an untrusted source.

        Incidentally, no antivirus or firewall protected Google and other companies during the recent attacks. There is no such protection; especially if the user runs as an administrator.
        Earthling2
  • RE: Opera 10.50 final release available for download

    I will pass on this release and any other release of Opera. I can't support them because I don't want them to complain to the EU when I choose not to use their browser. Just look at what they tried to do to Microsoft. That is not behavior a mature company should have. So they can continue to lose market share and go out of business for all I care.
    Loverock Davidson
    • Mozilla and Google complained too

      Loverock, see my message to Digger_z.

      Did you know that Google and Mozilla complained to the EU about Microsoft too?
      nstuff
      • Mozilla and Google came in after

        Opera, but with different complaints. I still think MS should have just removed IE and told the EU now everyone has to choose to install the browser of thier choice.

        That would have been best, after all it is what MS did with windows media player, removing it completly, yet that version has yet to sell.
        BroGnorik
        • Agreed!

          NT
          Darth Malus
  • Opera makes a nice addition to a browser stable ;

    it certainly looks fast, but hardly faster than the latest dev channel versions of [b]Chrome[/b]/[b]Chromium[/b]. I'd like to see some objective tests of [b]Opera[/b] against both these versions and the latest [b]Minefield[/b] ([b]3.7a3pre[/b]) version of [b]Firefox[/b] - perhaps Adrian can return to this matter ? But it can't compete with the range of add-ons/extensions available in these other browsers. As to the complaint filed with the European Commission, while I dislike competition via the legal department, I think most of us (not, [i]bien s?r[/i] signature 'Loverock Davidson') can agree that in this particular case, [b]Opera[/b] performed a service to all who are concerned with free-and-fair competition....

    Henri

    PS: Earthling2, I had no trouble logging in to [b]ZDNet[/b] from my newly updated [b]Opera 10.50[/b] or posting this message ; you might want to try trouble-shooting your own computer....
    mhenriday
    • But it can't compete with the range of add-ons/extensions available in thes

      Yes it can. 90% of the USEFUL addons are already in Opera (Adblock+, NoScript, GreaseMonkey for example are all built right in there).

      You also have a awesome widget platform there too...
      Mark Str