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Opera 10 adds three 'major' features

New Opera Turbo tool speeds up connections

Opera Software has released the final version of Opera 10, adding three "major" features to the web browser.

First up is Opera Turbo, a new compression technology designed to solve the pain of slow connections. Opera says the feature can be turned on when network connections are slow to allow you to browse the web at "broadband-like speeds". It works by compressing pages and can speed up web surfing by up to eight times, the company said.

"We think everyone should try, because we all will face a slow connection at some point. Now, there is a solution, and it is absolutely free," said Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera.

Opera is also highlighting a "pioneering" new way to use tabs. In Opera 10, you resize your tab bar by pulling down on it or double-clicking the handle, revealing a surprise: Opera now shows you full thumbnails of all your open tabs. The company says Opera 10's Visual Tabs are placed at the top, but you can put them on either sides or the bottom.

Opera says the third major innovation is a streamlined interface, although other additions include a super-sized Speed Dial, a new automatic update policy and a spell checker supporting 51 languages.

Opera 10 screenshot

See also:

Opera 9.5 review

Opera Unite review


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