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HTML5 Gains Speed in New Opera Beta

The latest browser betas from Opera have been released, emphasizing speed improvements and better HTML5 compliance. Opera 10.60 for Windows, Mac, and Linux gives fans of the alterna-browser a bucketload of HTML5-related improvements, along with the claim that the company has made the browser 50 per cent faster than the previous version.

It's not clear from the press release whether this meant that the Opera 10.60 beta 1 should be 50 per cent faster than than the last Opera 10.60 alpha, or 50 per cent faster than the current stable Opera, version 10.53. Benchmark testing will be added later in the day.

The beta also adds support for many nascent HTML5 features. These include support for the next-generation video and audio codec WebM, geolocation compatibility, Web Workers and App Cache.

Slight interface tweaks were also made in this beta. Search suggestions for several sites that have partnerships with Opera have been added, such as Wikipedia. Tabs get custom thumbnails, too.

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