Hello Opera 10.60
We're very pleased to release Opera 10.60 for all platforms. Linux users will notice that we're skipping 10.5x Final, as we want to get all platforms in step again.
I don't know about you, but I like having some new things to play with! We've got some speed, some HTML5 and some "HTML5" for you.
Allowing sites access to your location can enhance their usability and utility, and this feature comes to Opera 10.60. As an example, we've created this live download map of Opera 10.60. For a closer look at this technology see Shwetank's article How to use the W3C Geolocation API.
A note on privacy: when a site requests Geolocation information, the browser will alert you and ask for permission. You can grant it or deny it, and optionally have the browser remember your choice for that site on subsequent visits.
Geolocation works best on desktop computers using WiFi. This is because the location services provider (Google, in the case of Opera 10.60) compares the information about WiFi networks near you with its central database of WiFi hotspots and locations to find out where you are. Opera 10.60 has an option to periodically send such information to our service provider; this is off by default in Opera 10.60 in order to protect your privacy and conserve your bandwidth. If you wish to enable it and help improve the database, turn on the Collect location data in background option in
HTML5 AppCache for Offline Applications
HTML5 allows developers to code offline applications: in-browser applications so that they continue working when an internet connection is unavailable. This is as useful for a London businesswoman working on a train as it goes through a tunnel as for an Indian student working on a laptop during a power outage. Read our tutorial Running your web applications offline with HTML5 AppCache.
AppCache further blurs the difference between Web and desktop applications, and at Opera we're very excited about this. Our developer environment Opera Dragonfly uses of AppCache so it can work offline too. (Read more about Opera Dragonfly using HTML5 AppCache.)
Opera 10.60 is the first browser to ship with support for WebM video, the new video codec open-sourced by Google as a very high quality codec for delivering video content over the Web (including streaming video) without the royalties than encumber its competitors. YouTube is converting all its videos to WebM. It's the future of video over the Web; as Håkon Wium Lie, our Chief Technology Officer and co-inventor of CSS, said:
WebM will join the list of open and freely usable Web formats, and video will finally become a first-class citizen of the Web.
Vendor Prefixed CSS
Opera 10.60 supports a small number of CSS properties with vendor prefixes. See -o- vendor prefixed CSS supported in Opera 10.50 and 10.60.
We sincerely hope there aren't any, but it's almost certain that there are so, if you find a bug please help us squash it using our bug reporting wizard.