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Opera 10 Release Candidate: Sleeker, More Feature-Laden

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Opera has always been a try-harder browser packed with features. Despite this, it has not yet managed to get the same kind of publicity that Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome garner. And that's a shame, because this release candidate version 10 of the venerable browser adds a slew of clever features that anyone who browses the Web will welcome.

As with previous versions, the Opera 10 release candidate is fast, configurable, and clean-looking--and offers just about everything you'd expect in a modern browser, including a pop-up blocker, plug-ins, RSS reader, anti-phishing tool and more. Unlike competing browsers, it also has a surprisingly good e-mail client built into it, with support for POP3 and IMAP servers, the ability to create incoming message rules, and a spam filter. And, as with previous versions, Opera 10 bristles with features too numerous to mention in this short review...yet manages to pack them all in an elegant, simple-to-user interface.

Version 10's new features don't clutter up the browser or make it more difficult to use. Overall, Opera 10's design is sleeker-looking than previous versions. New features, though, go more than skin deep. Tab handling has been improved, for example; you can now configure the browser so that thumbnails of all of your tabs appear above each tab. The thumbnails are resizable as well.

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Opera 10 to emerge Tuesday

cnet.com: Opera Software will release version 10 of its browser Tuesday, a new version of software that has loyal fans but not as much adoption as several rivals.

The Norwegian company says Opera 10 has better performance, a Turbo mode for slow Internet connections, support for a variety of Web standards such as Web fonts, and improvements to the Opera Mail feature. The company issued two Opera 10 release candidates for the free software in the last week, and spokeswoman Falguni Bhuta announced Monday the final version will arrive September 1.

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