The new alpha is currently only available for Windows and OSX users; a Linux version will follow soon. Download links can be found at the bottom of this page.
- private browsing
- better integration with native systems
- notification messages are now non-modal
- improvements to the search box and the address box
- new and improved highlighting
- new in-line page search and password manager
Along with the focus on speed - an area where Opera used to lead before WebKit-based browsers like Safari and Chrome became popular - the company also included a number of other enhancement in this early version of 10.5. Windows 7 and Vista users, for example, will notice that the browser is now closely integrated with the desktop environment and makes use of features like Aero Glass in Vista and Aero Peek and Jump Lists in Windows 7. On the Mac, Opera can now make use of multi-touch gestures like the three-finger swipe and Growl notifications.
Other new features include a new "private tab" and "private window" mode that actually works far better than similar features in other browsers. You just have to right-click on the tab bar and select "private tab" to start the private browsing mode in this new tab, for example.
Opera also updated the look and feel of the browser's in-line page search and password manager.
It's All About Speed
In our own tests, Opera performed remarkably well and this new version clearly shows that it would be unwise to underestimate Opera in the browser wars. We should note, however, that this is still a very early alpha version and that the browser is likely to crash occasionally.