Opera 10.50 Final for Windows Is Out!

This morning, we've released the much anticipated final version of Opera 10.50 for Windows — work on Mac and Linux versions is still ongoing, so stay tuned.

Over the last couple of weeks, we've gradually lifted the veil on new features and standards support, but here are a couple of highlights:

  • Super-fast JavaScript with Carakan.
  • Our Vega graphics engine, which adds support for CSS3 Backgrounds and Borders, Transitions and 2D Transforms and much more.
  • HTML5 <video>: Bruce and Patrick have written an introductory article and done a JavaScripted based captions experiment. There's also a superbly detailed article by Simon Pieters, who works in Quality Assurance for HTML5 video and audio at Opera, called Everything you need to know about HTML5 video and audio.
  • Web Storage: Shwetank's article on Local and Session storage was just published today. Web SQL is supported as well — we have an article in the pipeline.
  • Standalone Opera Widgets: widgets can now be run as standalone applications with or without native chrome, which means you can effectively build cross-platform apps using Web Standards. If you want to play around with this, have a look at our newly released eBook Reader, a Unite Media Player, or Vadim's SVG-Edit app. For more info, check out Daniel's recent Widgets post.
  • An "Inspect Element" menu option that allows you to immediately analyze any element on a page. David has posted an overview of all changes in our debugging tools on the Opera Dragonfly blog.
  • A revamped menu structure: especially note the Developer Tools menu (under Opera → Page), which includes Opera Dragonfly, Source, Page Info and more.
  • Windows 7 tricks: Aero Peek, Jump List support and Aero Glass effects.
  • And last but not least, the @font-face issues we've had in the past are now resolved :-)

For those interested, there is an extensive changelog available in the Documentation section on the (renewed) Opera site.

If you haven't done so, grab Opera 10.50 from our site, and let us know what you think!