Opera Software, developers of web browser technology, targeting the desktop, smartphone, PDA, home media and vertical market, today released the beta version of its next browser for the Windows platform.
Opera is releasing with a range of new usability tools, including Fit-to-Window-Width, Fit-to-Paper-Width, improved RSS handling, Start Bar for easy access to main features, speech in and output, and automatic update checks – all presented in a user interface (UI). Opera is tightly coded to optimize speed and security while browsing the web. The new version of Opera also features voice technology. Opera claims that it is the first browser to prepare for a future of web sites offering interactive, voice-enabled shopping and booking systems.
“We were preparing for the 7.60 release, but as work progressed and we kept adding improvements and functionality, it became very evident that we now have a browser that is so powerful, secure, and easy to use that it exceeds the next logical version number and warrants a major release,” said Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software, and adds that all those who have licensed Opera 7 will receive free upgrades.