The first beta of Opera 10 has hit the web, and even a cursory glance tells me that version 10 is going to be BIG with lots of new changes.
The most noticeable change to the browser is it’s new skin, created by British designer Jon Hicks, which is a lot cleaner than the previous one. You will also find this browser easier to customize. Opera now provides a straight way to customize the number of speed dial slots from the default 9 to up to 25. The ability to set a custom background image to the speed dial adds a personal touch.
The new Opera also features a resizable tab bar. Pull the tab bar down to reveal live thumbnails of opened pages. Nice. Even the search bar and address bar is resizable that lets you see what you are typing or the full URL.
Among other things, Opera 10 beta now includes a spell checker, something which is long over due; an auto update feature and automated crash reporting. Then of course, there is Turbo which was already released in the alpha version.
The email client has been revamped – it now allows you to compose mails with rich text formatting.
Under the hood there has been many changes. Opera Presto 2.2 engine in Opera 10 is said to be 40% faster and boasts of several rendering improvements particularly in CSS/HTML, better Web Fonts support and RGBA/HSLA color and SVG improvements. Opera 10 beta also scores an impressive 100/100 on Acid3.