Opera has released their new browser today, Opera 9.5, which is free to download immediately. So, the question that most of you will want answered is, “Why on Earth should I care?”
Well, if you happen to be using Internet Explorer, then you should care a lot, as IE is rubbish. However, even those who are awaiting the release of Firefox 3 on 17th June should take note, as there’s one or two handy features on Opera 9.5 that even Mozilla hasn’t thought of.
The most interesting, for my money, is Opera Link which synchronises all your Opera browsers on all of your internet devices. So, any changes you make to the settings on your work computer’s browser – bookmarks, plug-ins, etc – will take effect automatically on your home computer too, unless, of course, you’d rather it didn’t, and that also applies to the Opera 9.5 mobile browser on your phone which also comes free with the download.
The new version comes with a nine-slot “Speed Dial” option, as shown on the image, it has increased performance and security but the other feature I like is the “Quick Find” history search which allows you to search through your browsing travels in an easier-design desktop fashion. That’s a very nice touch.
For those two reasons, I’d say take a peak at Opera 9.5 or Flock, if you’re a social network hound, and weigh them up against the Fox. I still know which way my bread’s buttered though.