Opera Launches 9.2 Browser with Speed Dial
by: Jerry Liao
According to a website called W3Schools.com, for the month of February 2007 – the most widely used browser is IE6 with 39.8%, followed by Firefox with 31.2%, IE7 with 16.4%, IE5 with 2.5%, Safari with 1.7%, Opera with 1.5% and Mozilla suite with 1.4%. With the statistics shown, it’s almost unimaginable how small browsers can compete with the the likes of Internet Explorer and Firefox. The answer is simple – innovation, new and interesting features.
Just recently, Opera unveiled the beta release of Speed Dial, a new feature that lets people transform their top sites into nine visual bookmarks that are immediately available in any new tab. Speed Dial is a new feature in the forthcoming Opera 9.2, available in beta as a free download from labs.opera.com. Speed Dial came about from careful consideration of individual browsing preferences.
“Speed Dial is a fresh way to call up the top sites you enjoy throughout the day,” said Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera. “It’s a cool, new way to access those sites – you can do it through the Speed Dial or enter the corresponding number in the address bar. I hope current and new Opera users find Speed Dial both enjoyable and addictive.”
“Speed Dial is based on the idea that people generally have five to 10 sites they browse regularly throughout the day,” said Johan Borg, team manager for Opera’s desktop browser. “Speed Dial is made for almost instant access to those sites. We want developers and the curious-minded to discover Speed Dial. When they do, we hope they’ll help us with another rigorous round of testing before the final release.”
With each blank tab, Speed Dial presents a thumbnail preview of the top nine sites as selected by the user. In addition to fast access through the Speed Dial, users can also enter the number corresponding with each bookmarked Speed Dial page in Opera’s address field to access the page.
“Speed Dial fits in with my life. I’ve been using it since the beta release and I’ve surprised even myself with how I’ve come to rely on it,” said Chris Thornton, an avid Opera user and member of the My Opera community. “It’s far faster than typing the URL over and over, and I can use it to see when my Speed Dial sites are updated – so I can have one easy overview of what’s going on with my favorite sites.”
Some of the new features of Opera 9.2 are:
a new way to access your favorite Web sites. Just open a new tab to get your Speed Dial. It’s easy to populate and addictive to use.
Opera’s advanced fraud protection protects you against web sites that try to steal your personal information.
You don’t need a separate BitTorrent application to download large files. Simply click a torrent link and
start the download.
Small Web applications (multimedia, newsfeeds, games and more) that make your desktop experience more fun. Use the Widgets menu to discover new widgets and access your favorites.
It is easy to have many tabs open at once in Opera. But exactly which tab had that video you wanted?
The voice feature allows you to control Opera’s interface by talking and to have documents read aloud. Voice is currently offered in English and runs on Windows 2000 and XP.
Opera 9.2 with Speed Dial is available for Windows, Mac and Linux and comes in 31 languages. It is also a recommended security upgrade and can be downloaded free from http://www.opera.com.