Preceded by no less than five candidates, Opera 12.10 beta has finally been released. Among the highlights of this revision is increased browsing speed, better compatibility across websites and new web standards support.
Numerous performance optimizations combined with support for the SPDY protocol
(where available) led to trimming down page load times.
The current release includes support for high resolution display
(Apple’s Retina, too), which raises the bar for the quality of web content (images, video, text).
As far as web standards go, Opera 12.10 implements Fullscreen API
(partial support), which allows content such as games, video or web pages to use the entire screen, and Page Visibility API
(also partially supported) that determines the visibility of a document and notifies of changes in this sense.
Additional advancements refer to basic touch support (inertia scrolling and pinch-to-zoom
) in the upcoming Windows 8 as well as in Windows 7. Mac users can use Mountain Lion’s built-in sharing features with the web browser.
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