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Opera 9.6 intros optimized mail options

updated 10:55 am EDT, Wed October 8, 2008

Opera updated to 9.6

Opera Software has released the latest version of its web browser, Opera 9.6. The update enhances the performance of Opera's built-in e-mail client, and also adds new features to Opera Link, a free browser synchronization service. Opera Link now lets people synchronize custom search engines and typed history, meaning visited websites will be available across all of a user's computers. A new feed preview has been added as well, permitting users to see RSS feeds before subscribing to them or creating bookmarks.

The built-in mail client has been updated with a new low-bandwidth mode, which reduces data downloads as much as possible so users can check mail faster. New options for following or ignoring threads are also available, allowing users to better sort the way in which mail is displayed.

The browser is available as a free download from Opera's website, and features clients for Windows, Mac and Linux.

by MacNN Staff



  1. scotte75ky

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Good release

    Opera is my favorite browser. I'm loving it more and mroe with each release.

  1. darcybaston

    Joined: Dec 1969


    bad with google reader

    Google Reader is my favorite RSS interface. Opera doesn't seem able to scroll properly while images/text from older RSS items are dynamically loading. It doesn't multitask well during ajax fetches. Firefox, IE and Safari scroll perfectly while content loads dynamically just fine. But Opera nearly has a heart attack, and maxes the cpu while it's at it.

    If it could handle dynamic content loading with as much finess as all other browsers, I'd use it full time too!

  1. darcybaston

    Joined: Dec 1969


    oh ho!

    Oh ho! I just tried 9.6 with Google Reader and it's smooth! GASP! This may be the revision that sucks me in!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    ...when we all had Netscape Communicator and reviled it for merging in 800 things into a big behemoth. And we rejoiced when "Convergence" was thrown out and replaced with much smaller apps that did their thing and did it well (i.e. Firefox, Safari, Mail, etc).

    Notice how they're starting to fly the other way now? Firefox is starting to get feature laden. Opera's got email support (because, as we all know, eMail and browsers should be tied - right?), Apple's been crufting Mail up with RSS feeds (which was just in Safari) and todos (or notes, or whatever), which belong to iCal.

    I guess we can look forward to more convergence until we get to the "Communicator 4" point of bloat and watch it all split up again...

  1. bhuot

    Joined: Dec 1969


    good comment

    That is actually the first statement I have read of yours that is constructive in its criticism. I think people generally use the word bloated when a program is slow or a memory hog. They don't seem to mind when it is efficient. Opera always has been very efficient even with all the features, so I think that is why people put up with it. Plus, they are generally the first to come up with much loved ideas like tabs. It reminds me about most things people don't like about a specific technology is often about poor or obnoxious implementation. I remember when people hated cookies and Javascript and disabled them because they didn't like the pop up windows and they were afraid of losing private information. Now that they are used more often now for what the average user considers productive uses, people have shifted their hatred to Flash which if done properly can be very useful. It is funny that now it is considered ok to use Javascript for navigation but Flash is considered off limits for it. I still don't rely on Javscript, as I still remember when scripts had to be re-written for each new version of Netscape/Mozilla released.

  1. Bogartte

    Joined: Dec 1969


    2nd post?

    Ah, what happened to my 1st post, which I posted anonymously? Was it deleted as being too negative? Censored by MacNN? Not good!

    Also, Opera not good at all, especially when I got split pages overlapping(?) Huh? Not a very stable release at all. I dumped it!

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