Opera has done a remarkable job of keeping the specs and features of Opera 9.5 under wraps. The Opera Desktop Team wrote a post last week that detailed some of the under-the-hood work that has been going on in 9.5, but as expected, they steered clear of mentioning the most notable features.
CyberNet News has reviewed the alpha release of Opera 9.5 — “I’ve been told to expect to see the rendering speed get better as further builds get released, but I have a hard time believing that they can get better than what I’ve seen. I decided to do a rather unofficial speed test to see how fast the different browsers rank in terms of loading our site (with an empty cache). I did three tests for each browser and averaged out the time it took for each to completely load our site. Here are the results with the slowest browsers first:“
- Internet Explorer 7: 18 seconds
- Firefox 2: 15 seconds
- Opera 9.23: 12 seconds
- Firefox 3 Nightly: 11 seconds
- Opera 9.5 Alpha: 8 seconds
Here are some of the other updates in Kestrel related to the rendering engine:
- A lot more CSS3 support, including complete Selectors
- AJAX compatibility has been improved
- Improved HTML table layout algorithm
Here is a video of Opera 9.5’s new features, covered in detail. This will give you a really good idea of what you can expect form the Opera 9.5 Alpha release.