Opera 10.5 Final For Windows Brings The Speed

Windows: As expected, Opera made version 10.5 of its browser official today, calling it "the fastest browser on Earth" and also touting its Windows 7 integration, HTML5 video support, better private browsing and more.

In terms of HTML5 and video, Opera has gone the way of Firefox, supporting native, Flash-free streams of the Ogg Theora format, but not H.264. Apple's Safari supports only H.264, and Google Chrome supports both. Opera has also added in extensive Windows 7 graphical look and taskbar support, as we've detailed, and also added the seemingly requisite "private browsing" option.

What the Opera developers are really touting, though, is Opera's JavaScript and page loading speeds — and we don't blame them. Here are two quick reminders of how Opera's 10.5 pre-alpha (labelled erroneously as a beta in these charts) fared against its competition. First in JavaScript:

And in "cold" (right off a reboot) and "warm" (having previously opened) start-ups:

However Opera did it, they've managed to get everyone's attention with their new Carakan engine.

Opera 10.5 is a free download for Windows systems only; Mac and Linux users should expect their own versions to follow very soon.

Opera browser [via DeepTech/CNET]


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