BetaNews | Opera 9 Beta Brings Widgets, Torrents
It seems like Internet Explorer and Firefox get all the media coverage. But, there is another alternative web browser that is rising in popularity...Opera. Today, April 20th, Opera Inc. has released Opera 9.0 beta 1. Some new additions included integrated BitTorrent support and customized widgets. There are two versions available for download one with Java support and one without. Reports say Opera 9.0 without Java is faster in rendering a webpage than its sibling. Like the previous version 8.5+, Opera has integrated mail client, IRC and RSS aggregator. It is amazing how many features the developers were able to included in a program that is no more than 4.6MB. Unfortunately, there are some con's. Google, Yahoo! and MSN have yet to develop a toolbar for Opera. Since only a small minority of the Internet community use Opera, the search engine giants don't see a demand for it. In addition, though Opera developers have put in a lot of effort into rendering a webpage correctly, there are still a number of websites that do not display correctly in Opera. For example, NewsAlloy is not supported by Opera. But, from personal experience, Opera is one amazing browser. It's speed rivals IE and Firefox. I haven't used Apple in years so I can't comment about Safari or Camino. Even if you are skeptical, it is worthwhile to at least test it out.