Opera 10 arrives

The free Opera 10 browser is available in 43 languages and works across Windows, Linux and Mac platforms.

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The latest generation of the Opera browser, Opera 10, is now finished, boasting interface enhancements and improvements under the hood too, according to its maker.

Opera 10 is also claimed to be slicker and quicker when it comes to handling heavy pages some 40 per cent faster when it comes to page loading times than Opera 9.6.

Slow connectivity issues are addressed with the introduction of innovative compression technology called Opera Turbo (check back on the site later to view our Need to Know cheat sheet on this feature).

"Whether you are an on-the-go business traveller, you rely on 3G cards in your netbook, or you find yourself stuck on a sluggish Wi-Fi connection, Opera Turbo gives you a major browsing boost," Opera Software claims in a statement.

The new browser's interface is more streamlines and "elegant" according to Opera, and also features a resizable tab bar, moveable visual tabs and a built-in spell checker.

"At Opera, we have always worked hard to innovate new ways to improve everyone's browsing experience," said Opera's chief executive, Jon von Tetzchner, in a statement.

"Opera Turbo is our newest innovation, and one we think everyone should try, because we all will face a slow connection at some point. Now, there is a solution, and it is absolutely free. We are excited to offer Opera 10 to the world, and we hope even more people discover what the 40 million people who have already made the switch know: browsing with Opera makes the web a safer, more enjoyable and more interesting place."

Opera 10 is available for free in 43 languages and works across Windows, Linux and Mac platforms. The video below shows the new browser in action, while our review of the beta also gives a taste of some of the features.

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