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Opera 10.5 hits beta, still faster than Google Chrome

Yes, it's here! Yes, it's faster than Google Chrome! Well, truth is Opera 10.5 has been faster than Google Chrome ever since the Carakan engine was bolted on in December 2009...But the bottom line is that Opera 10.5 is shaping up to be a very compelling browser.

One big change I'm particularly happy about is that Google Reader is now fully functional out-of-the-box. In past versions Opera couldn't get past loading the header, but that's a thing of the past with 10.5 beta. Those Windows 7 shell integration features we showed you in December are still included, as is the nifty per-tab private browsing.

In addition to the blazing Javascript processing speed of Carakan, the usual Opera features are still here: Link synchronization, Turbo compression, Unite server, and more customization options than you can shake a stick at.

Opera seems to be most proud of the speed factor, calling 10.5 'the fastest browser on Earth." I suppose they went with that just in case some developers on Coruscant are coding something faster...

Curious to see just how fast Opera 10.5 beta is? Download it and try it out!

ed note: one thing which escaped earlier detection is the new recycle bin icon in the top-right corner. you guessed it, it provides one-click access to your recently closed tabs. nice!

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