When I look at the feeds in my RSS feed reader I cannot help but notice that the Opera browser is not receiving the same attention that the Firefox and Google Chrome browsers receive. This puzzled me for some time now and I figured that it is either caused by Opera's marketing of the browser, or the fact that Firefox and Chrome are more popular than Opera.
Opera Software regardless of that is about to release an update for the latest stable version of the Internet browser. You may recall that Opera is currently working on two different versions of the browser: First on Opera 12 the next big release and then on the maintenance release Opera 11.51 which all stable users can update to.
Opera 11.51 will be a maintenance release that improves the browser's stability on all supported platforms. Opera's plan is to release Opera 11.51 before the next big version Opera 12.00.
The developers right now have released the release candidate of Opera 11.51 on the official Opera Desktop Team blog. This indicates that a release of the final version of Opera 11.51 is imminent.
The change log lists several crash fixes, for instance a crash on Macs when opening Opera Dragonfly, or a crash on all systems when marking e-mail messages as "not spam".
Opera users should not expect new features from the release, as it is only being pushed out to resolve issues that users have under Opera 11.50.
It needs to be noted that Opera 11.51 will upgrade Opera 11.50 on the system when installed. The release won't touch a Opera Next version that is installed on the system.
Most users should probably wait for the final release before they update their web browser. That is, unless they work with Opera and experience one of the issues that version 11.51 fixes.
Opera 11.50 users can download Opera 11.51 Release Candidate from the Opera website.
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