Opera today released the first release candidate for Opera 10.
Today’s release points to a September 1st launch for the final
version of Opera 10. You can download and test the release candidate
from http://www.opera.com/browser/next/.

The Opera 10 release candidate is feature complete, with a surprising
array of new features, a fresh look and feel, a new application icon,
and enhanced speed and performance. Opera 10 features Opera Turbo,
the new bandwidth-booster for slow Internet connections. It also
features a significantly improved Opera Mail, Opera’s built-in e-mail
client. Tabbed browsing enters the next phase of its evolution with
resizeable, thumbnail tabs. The upgrade of Opera’s Speed Dial now
gives users a chance to personalize their favorite online
destinations and the overall look and feel of their start page.

Finally, Opera has always been about speed and performance. Opera 10
is now much faster on resource intensive pages such as Gmail and
Facebook and is more than 40% faster than Opera 9.6. Web developers
can enjoy Web Fonts support, RGBA/HSLA color and new SVG improvements.

In other news, Opera also brought in famed Norwegian packing duo Odd
and Even Johansen to help show the world the benefits of Opera Turbo,
Opera’s new compression technology. To celebrate this, Odd and Even
are on the hunt for the world’s slowest connection. Help them out at