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Opera 9.5 Alpha release review

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

Aside from speed improvements, the site compatibility has also gotten much better. They’ve fixed problems with various Google sites, some issues with the default WordPress template, and corrected a few things with some of the JavaScript libraries. Opera 9.5 can now handle many more sites…with ease!

Here are some of the other updates in Kestrel related to the rendering engine:

  • A lot more CSS3 support, including complete Selectors
  • Support for JavaScript 1.5 Getters and Setters
  • AJAX compatibility has been improved
  • New JavaScript engine that is faster and more efficient
  • Improved HTML table layout algorithm

Full Review

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.

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