Opera sets the stage for new browser

Opera Software has released the second beta of its Opera 9 web browser, which includes access to BitTorrent’s file sharing program, support for news feeds and a new collection of user-friendly widgets.

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By  Cleona Godinho Published  February 8, 2006

Opera Software has released the second beta of its Opera 9 web browser, which includes access to BitTorrent’s file sharing program, support for news feeds and a new collection of widgets. On the downloading front, Opera 9 users can access BitTorrent’s search engine via the browser’s interface. At present, BitTorrent users also require an extra client application with which to download files. However, Opera claims that users can now employ its new built-in Transfer Manager for downloads instead. “Implementing BitTorrent is a natural choice, considering its efficient use of bandwidth and worldwide popularity, stated Christen Krogh, vice president of engineering at Opera Software, as reported by tgdaily.com. “For users, this means that they can browse and download content in an application they're familiar with.” Opera 9 also comes with added support for Atom 1.0 – a new protocol similar to RSS (Real Simple Syndication) and a new tab thumbnail preview feature, which is currently present in Internet Explorer 7 (which is yet to be released) but missing in Firefox 1.5. The browser also includes a number of widgets; in other words a small add-on application such as clocks or a time zone calculator, which takes information from the web and places it on a user’s desktop. Opera also plans to open its code to developer and users who wish to create their own widgets. According to recent online reports, the final version of Opera 9 will be released sometime in June. Users who wish to test the firm’s latest 4Mbyte browser can download it from http://labs.opera.com.

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