Opera releases Opera 9 Web browser

Opera Software today released Opera 9, its newest Web browser for personal computers. You can download it free in more than 25 languages for Windows, Mac, Linux and other platforms from Opera.com. Opera 9 enhances the way you access, share and use online content by including widgets and support for BitTorrent, the popular file distribution technology.

With Opera 9. you don’t need a separate BitTorrent application to download large files. Simply click a torrent link and start the download.

“For Opera 9, we worked hard to push the limits of what people expect from a Web browser, with increased speed, new Web standards support and innovative features such as widgets and BitTorrent,” said Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software, in the press release. “Even though we shaped this browser for the Web’s future, we have the powerful features people want and need for their surfing today. I truly feel Opera 9 has something for everyone.”

Widgets make everyday browsing fun and useful by bringing a variety of Web content and data right to your computer’s desktop. You can play games, get organized, follow your favorite sports teams and more. Widget developers can create widgets using open and common Web standards including JavaScript, CSS, HTML and SVG and technologies like AJAX. For more information about using or making widgets, visit http://widgets.opera.com

Opera believes in an open Web by supporting open standards and technologies that lead the next wave of innovation. Opera 9 includes tools to make it easier for sites to code for these open standards. Built-in Extensible Rendering Architecture (ERA) helps developers make sure their sites work well on any Web-connected device. Opera’s browsers are built on the same core technology, making it easy to test once in Opera 9 and ensure compatibility with a variety of devices – from mobile phones to Nintendo’s Wii. You can read more about Opera, Web standards and our technology at http://labs.opera.com

More info: http://www.opera.com/

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28 Comments

  1. I installed Opera 9 this morning and all is well so far. I have yet to encounter any page rendering issues of any kind. I did have to go to Adobe’s Shockwave TEST page to install the Shockwave plugin — the installer page fails to recognize Opera as a valid browser. I haven’t tried IDing the browser as Internet Explorer yet and I won’t until I come upon a situation where it is the only option.

    Great work Opera community. Congratulations on a superb release!

  2. I haven’t looked at Opera since they embraced the whole spyware thing. Has there corporate philosophy changed? Just wondering.

    MDN Magic Word: “control”. Seems to fit. How does MDN know?

  3. MacMania: eh? Pass me some of the stuff you’re smoking ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />. There was once an allegation by an editor from the Register that the ad-sponsored version of Opera (which doesn’t exist anymore) was spyware, but the only thing it was doing was displaying context-based Google ads (and only if you gave it specific permission to do so) – he later withdrew his allegations after he discovered he was wrong.

    I have no idea where you got the idea that Opera ’embraced the whole spyware thing’… Quite the opposite, I’d say.

  4. How is the UI? Is it Mac-like or is it a Win port feel like FFX?

    Sorry for my ignorance but how does Opera make its living if they give the soft for free? Same Q about Firefox? Thnks.

    I checked out the Opera site and it doesn’t appear to be an Open Source project (correct me if I am wrong). They sell email tech-support for $29.00 (1 year). FFX, Camino, and other Open Source browsers are the work of many, many volunteers – they don’t make any money. It’s really a large grass-roots effort stemming from the need to establish and maintain web standards. The idea is that ANY browser based on these established standards will render content properly and consitently across ALL platforms – that is the goal. It’s an ongoing effort. In the Open Source community USERS are considered developers as well as they can submit ideas for features and bug reports. The main idea, as said, is all about establishing and maintaining STANDARDS across the various platforms (something MS neglected for years and has caused a huge mess). Open Source browsers have many people scrutinizing the code day-in and day-out. This (in theory – and I TOTALLY AGREE) is better than proprietary browsers, as more people hammer the code and get enhancements and fixes out faster. Release candidates (Betas) can be downloaded by anyone and pounded for bugs which are then reported to the developers and filed for fix. FFX and Camino even have “nightly-builds” which are the current development version EACH DAY (not official releases or betas, but the current “state” the project is in THAT DAY). Users are encouraged to use these builds to help the developers find bugs and the cycle continues. Users help the developers and the developers help the users.

  5. It’s a bit different in layout (of the browser window), but it makes as much sense as the “standard” layout. I like it; I’ll keep it around as one of my FIVE browser alternatives. Who says being a Mac user limits choice in software?

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