I'm usually not reporting on snapshot and non-public builds anymore as it would fill the blog with reviews about new web browser releases. This time however I'm making an exception. Opera Software has just released the first snapshot of Opera 11.10, codenamed Barracuda. That in itself is not that spectacular; This changes however if you look at the fixes and changes made in the snapshot build.
Opera Core has been upgraded from version 2.7.62 to 2.8.99 which marks a huge step. The new core supports the implementation of the Web Open Font Format and several compatibility changes that makes the web browser "more" compatible with other web browsers.
Many of the changes are technical in nature, for instance that TLS 1.1 and 1.2 are disabled by default. The essence however is that Opera is improving the web browsers compatibility which is one of the main points of criticism directed towards it.
The changelog lists hundreds of Core fixes, including several memory leak and crash fixes and other improvements that increase the web browser's stability, performance and reliability. Frequent crashes on Facebook, Hotmail, Live Mail and Google Docs that plagued Mac users in the past have also been fixed.
The snapshot is as usually available for all supported operating systems. Users should check the known issues before they install it. Please remember that snapshot builds are not suited for productive environments.
Update: Opera Software in the meantime has released the final version of Opera 11, and has since then moved on. The latest version released is Opera 11.61 as of March 2012. It can be downloaded for all supported operating systems from the official website.
The Norwegian browser developer is currently working on Opera 11.62 and Opera 12.00 at the same time. Snapshots of these versions can be downloaded from the official Opera Desktop Team blog.
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