Opera is often nicknamed as “the fastest browser on Earth”; the speed is the result of its tightly coded core and Opera’s rendering engine. Opera Software launched the much awaited new version of the Opera 8 web browser for Windows and Linux. The emphasis has been to make the Opera browser that is fast, secure and easy to use.
Opera 8 is a substantial upgrade and includes new features such as a unique security information field that indicates the trustworthiness of banking and shopping Web sites and voice interaction capabilities. A new security information field is automatically activated when you visit a secure Web site, indicating the level of security (1-3) and the certificate owner of the site.
It also introduces Opera’s Extensible Rendering Architecture (ERA) technology – an advanced page-resizing function that adapts Web pages to fit the width of any screen or window.
Opera 8 offers a simplified tabbed-browser user interface (UI) which is cleaner, more intuitive and allows for easy navigation.
Opera includes native support for Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG 1.1 Tiny), an XML language for rich graphical content used to develop enhanced, interactive multimedia.
The voice feature allows users to surf the Web by using voice commands and to have documents read aloud.
Opera fans welcomed the previously released beta versions of Opera 8 with download numbers reaching nearly one million. Earlier beta versions introduced XHTML+Voice with IBM WebSphere Multimodal Environment, which is designed to allow a user to navigate the Internet with voice commands; ERA, Opera’s new feature that adjusts Web content to fit virtually any screen or window size; and new security solutions and native support for Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG 1.1 Tiny) that enables rich multimedia content such as scalable maps.
Opera 8 is available free of charge with an unobtrusive banner at the top. To remove the banner users must register the browser for US $39. Download Opera today!