You're not likely to get away with installing a new browser on a loved one's PC this holiday season and calling it a gift, but hey, if you want to give it a shot, Opera Software says "a new browser is a gift that keeps on giving all year round." It just so happens Opera 11.6 is no longer bearing a beta tag and is ready for prime time. Should you bother to give it a spin?
Opera today released a new beta version of its eponymous browser. The Opera 11.60 (Tunny) beta brings a host of changes, enhancements and bug fixes. These include “major changes to both the user interface and the core of the browser.” Hit the jump for more.
Android users got first crack at Opera Software's Opera Mini 6.5 browser, which was released last week. It was the most successful Android Opera Mini release in history with millions of downloads to date, and now Opera Mini 6.5 arrives on iOS, Symbian, J2ME, and BlackBerry. The big new feature here is the ability to audit your data usage to help make sure you don't inadvertently bust out of your wireless carrier's data cap.
In some ways, Opera is the Rodney Dangerfield of browsers. Both have their rabid followers, and both struggle to gain respect from the mainstream audience. That's where the similarities end, and where Opera really distinguishes itself is in being relevant still today (apologies for the gut punch, Dangerfield fans). Opera Software's next big browser release -- Opera 12 -- is now available as an alpha build, and with it another major development.
If like most Maximum PC readers you’re the first person friends and family call when looking for tech advice, you might want to think twice before suggesting they move away from Internet Explorer. According to a recent report from NSS Labs, Internet Explorer 9’s dual-pronged approach to blocking malicious URLs wasn’t just slightly better than the rest; it’s pretty much night and day.
Chrome has brought plenty of amazing new innovations to the table since its introduction less than three years ago, but one feature of Google’s flagship browser caught all the established players off guard, their ability to iterate at an unbelievable pace. Some simply accuse them of being too liberal with version numbers, but either way you look at it in less than 30 months Google has gone from a beta release, all the way to version 12, with no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
It's funny to think back when Google first launched its Chrome browser, a simplistic window to the Web that didn't look like any other browser out there. The minimalistic interface caught surfers off guard, and the lack of support for third party extensions was, to many, a deal killer. And today? Google's Chrome browser is, in many ways, the model browser that others have started to emulate, and it might eventually become the most used browser on the planet.
Whether or not you're a fan of the Opera browser, you have to give props to Opera Software, the Norwegian browser maker that despite lagging behind the big three (Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome) in market share, they never take themselves too seriously. With the release of Opera 11.50 today, for example, Opera Software didn't set a goal of catching up to the competition, and instead made reference to Star Wars and Lady Gaga, all in same breath.
Browser vendors are making a conscious effort to make their browsers as self-effacing as possible. As a result, modern browsers usually feature a minimalist UI design that gives precedence to the web over the web browser. Norwegian browser vendor Opera Software also has something similar in mind for its eponymous browser with the new “Featherweight” UI.
Skype may have eventually gone to Microsoft, but that would have never happened had Redmond’s cloud-obsessed rival Google not dropped the idea of acquiring the popular VoIP service in 2009. The Internet behemoth came very close to making a bid but backed out at the last moment.
According to Wesley Chan, an investment partner at Google Ventures, the data-intensive nature of Skype’s underlying peer-to-peer technology turned out to be the deal breaker. Needless to say, the Big G has absolutely no regrets about not acquiring Skype’s “old technology” as its own efforts seem to be coming along nicely. It has now announced plans to add Skype-like real-time communication (RTC) features into Chrome using its open-source WebRTC initiative.