Opera 11.50 Adds Speed Dial Extensions, Password Sync

It has been six months since Opera 11 debuted, but the latest version of our favourite alternative browser is now live for download. Apart from the expected bug and performance tweaks, the big additions to this release are the ability to incorporate extensions into Speed Dial shortcuts and password sync between Opera installations on different machines.

Speed Dial is Opera's way of offering fast access to your favourite sites; the extensions feature lets those shortcuts update with dynamic content. Launch extensions include one for Read It Later which suggests a single article from your reading list.

Adding password sync brings Opera in line with Firefox and Chrome, which both already offer that feature. Browser-based sync isn't as complete a solution as using a dedicated password manager, but is still useful if you regularly swap machines.

Opera 11.50 is a free download for Windows, Mac and Linux. If you do install it, note that Opera is annoyingly still persisting with automatically setting itself as the default browser without asking if you mind — not a difficult situation to fix, but a needless annoyance.

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    When I go to download 11.50 I get a warning that the file may not be safe. Is It?

      It was fine for me. Those warning systems often trigger messages with brand new releases, since they don't yet have a "reputation", good or bad. But the final choice has to be yours -- if you're worried, wait 24 hours and you'll likely find no warning message appearing.

    Thanks Angus :)

    I think the big challenge now is seeing how all this will fair with the other browsers. They've all stepped up how frequently they update and it seems like they've all been jumping on copying each others ideas, interface wise etc. I won't be surprised if these features end up in the other browsers soon.

    Actually, if this was announced earlier, I might have given it a try.. but a few days ago "LH' or "Giz" can't remember which did a post on an app for Firefox called "Memory Restart" and since then I've had very few problems with FF, so I think I'll stick with it for awhile longer and see what happens... Mind you FF has updated to 5.0 since then too?

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