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Opera 10.5 Beta Beats Chrome as the Fastest Browser Ever

Posted on 15 February 2010 by GranTorinoGuy

Opera's 10.5 browser has soared to new heights, leaving competitors like Internet Explorer far behind.

Opera's 10.5 browser has soared to new heights, leaving competitors like Internet Explorer far behind.

Opera Software has produced the world’s fastest browser.

The software company put all its rivals to shame with Opera 10.5, according to recent software tests.

Opera 10.5 – which is powered by a new JavaScript engine – was released late last week. The tests revealed that Opera 10.5 is nearly 15% faster than Safari for Windows and almost 20% faster than Google’s Chrome. Previously, Safari and Chrome held the No. 1 and No. 2 spots as the fastest browsers.

Opera’s preview was more than twice as fast as Mozilla’s Firefox 3.6, over eight times faster than Opera 10.10, and 10 times faster than Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 (IE8), placing it miles ahead of competitors.

Opera has been also ran in JavaScript speed tests for almost two years, ever since developers working on WebKit, the open-source browser engine that powers Apple’s Safari, began bragging about massive JavaScript performance increases. Since then Mozilla built a new JavaScript engine for Firefox, and Google upped the ante with Chrome. The only browser Opera regularly beat in JavaScript races was the sluggish IE8.

Opera 10.5 features a new JavaScript rendering engine called Carakan which has a new vector graphics library called Vega that handles all graphics in the browser. Opera claims that Vega produces graphics three times faster than the library used by Opera 10.10, the company’s current browser.

Other additions include a new interface which reduces the space for menus, support for Windows 7′s Aero Peek and Jump List features, an address bar that brings the history and bookmark search of Firefox’s Awesomebar to Opera, and the ability to mark any tab as private so there’s no record of sites visited.

Opera 10.5′s beta is available for Windows, but alpha builds of the Mac and Linux versions can be downloaded from the Opera Desktop Team blog.

The Norwegian browser maker has not set a date for 10.5 to be shipped, but has revealed that versions for Windows will hit the shelves shortly. Opera says when final code for Windows is released, betas for Mac and Linux betas will be ready.

Have you downloaded the new Opera version? How does compare to the other web browsers that you use?

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