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Opera 9.5 brings new UI, fraud protection, speed

updated 03:35 pm EDT, Thu June 12, 2008

Opera 9.5 released

Beating FIrefox to the punch, Opera Software today released version 9.5 of it's multi-platform web browser. Opera says the free surfing tool is the first "publicly available browser to protect you from malicious software on the web," defending against malware and phishing. Opera 9.5 is a significant rework from earlier versions with a host of new features and speed improvements, the company said.

The new version allows users to access their notes, bookmarks and speed dial numbers by logging in to any opera browser, including the mobile phone version Opera Mini. In addition, Opera 9.5 sports new icons and "platform-specific skins" to adapt the interface to the user's particular OS. The company claims its browser leads in performance, with "dramatic" speed improvements to the e-mail client, RSS feeds and page loading using a multi-layered caching system.

"Opera 9.5 represents the culmination of two years spent listening to our community and transforming our browser," said Jon von Tetzchner, Opera CEO, "It's faster, lighter and pushes us further out in front of other browsers, by blending the mobile and desktop worlds together in new and powerful ways."

by MacNN Staff



  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Not so fast... I'm running 10.5.3, and I installed Opera 9.5 today, and I got beachballed numerous times during page loadings. I had it lock up on me while configuring through Preferences. I had to force-quit it. It would not play video posted at BBC's web site, while Firefox can. And I still can't get it to NOT put a whole folder of bookmarks without touching the tab that is currently active (you can do this in linux). Please test this software before you actually release it to the public.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "Opera 9.5 represents the culmination of two years spent listening to our community and transforming our browser"
    and yet still no inline spell checker, which their own online community has been requesting since 2006. I'll stick with firefox.

  1. flur

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not Ready Yet

    The beta was working fine for me. I downloaded the installer, copied it over replacing the old version, and tried to launch it. Bounce-bounce-fade... Crash report.

    Tried again. Bounce-bounce-fade... Crash report.

    I'm guessing this will be quickly followed by a 9.5.1 release. This release certainly wasn't ready to leave the building.

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