Windows: Opera's development team has cranked out no less than four 10.5 release candidate builds in the last 25 hours. That might signal a final build timed to arrive with Microsoft's mandatory browser choice screen in Europe.
Opera is listed among the browsers, ranked in random order, that new editions of Windows must offer first-time installers as of March 1, after a long and drawn-out legal battle over monopoly powers in Europe. Opera's team, in the meantime, has been fixing bugs and tweaking features—like HTML5-compliant video — like a team possessed. For the rest of us, it's just convenient to be able to try out what looks to be a near-final Opera 10.5 on our Windows system, and feel some of that notable speed boost. No Mac or Linux builds yet, but they're likely to arrive, well, at least by tomorrow.
This Opera 10.5 release candidate is a free download for Windows systems only. Give a shout out to anything new you find, or features you've found improved, in the comments.
Thanks for the tip, tc4001!
10.50 RC4 [Opera Desktop Team]