Opera Software has made available a preview version of their much acclaimed Opera Turbo technology. Windows, Linux and Mac OS X users can download a preview version of Opera 10 containing Opera Turbo, a new function that uses proxy servers to compress the traffic before it reaches the Opera browser on the client's computer system.
Opera Turbo has been designed for computer systems with limited bandwidth. Users with fast connections will see no huge differences in the speed that websites are displayed, but will notice a traffic reduction thanks to the compression technology that Opera Turbo uses.
Users with limited bandwidth on the other hand will notice both an improvement in loading websites and a reduction in traffic while Opera is used.
The layouts of websites that are accessed with Opera Turbo look exactly like they did before. The major difference is that image resolutions may appear lower which can be attributed to the compression. Please note that text and other elements are also compressed, but the nature of these data types won't modify the quality of these elements. You may notice a reduction in image quality when Opera Turbo is enabled.
Encrypted traffic will not be routed through the Opera compression servers. This means that accessing your bank's website, PayPal or any other website that supports the SSL protocol will make use of direct connections.
Please note that Opera 10 with Turbo is still in alpha stage. Opera Turbo will display an icon in the Opera status bar that indicates to you whether it is enabled or disabled. It will also display the average compression ratio as an icon and the saved Megabytes of the browsing session when you hover the mouse cursor over the icon in the Opera status bar.
Update: Opera Turbo is now an integral part of all Opera web browser versions. We have taken a closer look at the Opera Turbo feature as part of our discovering Opera series here on Ghacks. There you find information on how to enable the feature, find out if it is set up properly and more insight in what it really does and when it may be beneficial to you.
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