Opera 10.5 has arrived! Opera has today released the newest version of its Web browser, and claims it’s the fastest browser available for the Windows operating system. While timing isn’t everything, it is important, and this new version arrives just in time for the arrival of the controversial browser ballot screen in Europe, and at a time when European criticism of Internet Explorer has reached new heights. So probably this is good timing!
I don’t know if it actually is faster than Chrome or the most recent version of Firefox – I have not tested that. But I tried it on a few different sites and pages, and noticed that the support of CSS3 is much improved. Opera 10.5 now supports such CSS3 features as “box-shadow”, “text-shadow” and others. It also provides support for some of the new HTML5 emerging standards, for instance for video.
What annoyed me the most was that Opera on install set itself up as the default browser without asking me. To me that is a no-must-do. Something that makes me mighty upset, and that forced me to spend time to find out how to reset this.
My feeling is that this is a good step ahead for Opera, but that even so they should perhaps have waited a little to get things a little more right.