Opera releases new version of its browser

— 1:30 PM on April 12, 2007

News of the ongoing browser wars seem to focus largely on Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Apple's Safari, but Opera is still alive and kicking. Opera (the company) has now released version 9.2 of Opera (the browser,) bringing a new feature called Speed Dial to the table. Instead of bothering to explain it in detail, Opera links a video of Speed Dial in action.

In short, the feature is a way to quickly access bookmarks: the Speed Dial page contains one to nine bookmarks, and it appears every time the user opens a new blank tab. The Speed Dial page shows dynamically updated thumbnails of each site, allowing users to quickly check for updates. In addition, users can access their favorite sites from anywhere by hitting CTRL and the number key corresponding to the Speed Dial bookmark number, or by just entering that number in the address bar.

Speed Dial aside, the new version of Opera introduces new developer tools for web designers as well as a few other miscellaneous changes and additions. A complete list of changes since Opera 9.10 can be viewed on this page. As for the browser itself, it's available from Opera's download page over here.

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