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Opera 9 Technology Preview Released

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Opera Software isn't wasting any time in the development of its flagship Web browser after version 8.5 heralded Opera's conversion to freeware. The company on Thursday released a Technology Preview of Opera 9.0, which introduces a new storage format for e-mail and a multitude of page rendering tweaks.

Most notable on a long list of changes are an enhanced pop-up blocker and initial support for CSS3 selectors and attributes. Version 9 also now identifies itself through the UserAgent string as "Opera." Developers note the preview release should not be loaded on a primary system or over previous Opera installations. Users are asked to report problems accessing sites that worked previously.

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Opera 9.0 Preview 1 is now available for download
We are still at an early stage in the development of Opera 9 (code-name Merlin), however, we are very excited about the next version of Opera and are releasing this Preview to the Community to give you a taste of the new technologies and improved standards support we have been working on lately. Some of the new features include:

- support for XSLT, Canvas 2D, and Web Forms 2.0
- rich-text editing on Web pages
- site-specific preferences
- a new IMAP back-end
- access to Opera's preferences via opera:config

Also in this release are new default shortcuts. We continue to make progress on our BitTorrent support and it will be included in a public release as soon as possible. For complete changelogs and download links see:

- Windows
- Unix
- Mac

We invite users to discuss the Preview in the Forums and Newsgroups. We are particularly interested in feedback about:

- speed and stability
- IDing as Opera by default
- rendering regressions since Opera 8.5
- problems connecting to secure sites using TLS 1.1

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