Upcoming Web Browser: Opera 10

Opera 10 is set to be released in a few days with many CSS and JavaScript improvements, a massively updated presto rendering engine and a new visual look by well-known designer Jon Hicks. The client also now automatically updates itself, like Google Chrome.

Customizable Speed Dial in Opera 10
Customizable Speed Dial in Opera 10

The vastly improved web standards in the Presto 2.2 rendering engine include:

  • CSS3 web fonts with the @font-face attribute. Demo
  • Transparency with RGBA and HSLA:  hsla(240, 100%, 50%, 0.5);
  • The Query Selectors API that is standard in Firefox, IE, and Safari: document.querySelectorAll(".alert");
  • Web fonts in SVG
  • Fully passing the ACID 3 test with 100/100
  • Inline spell checker (very handy)
  • Many other features

It looks like this release is absolutely packed with new features and improvements and in many ways is catching up to the major players and surpassing them in other ways.

Estimated Release Date: September 2009

Download Opera 10 rc