Opera has announced that they will soon be releasing the final version of Opera 9.5. Yesterday, they released the release candidate (RC) version of Opera 9.5, which follows after the snapshot release which took place a few days ago. Just a reminder to all Opera fans, a new default skin was added in the snapshot release (image above) and will be available in all the further versions. This new Opera is going to be in with competition with Firefox 3 and Internet Explorer 8.
Opera 9.5 has been in beta stages for several months now, but with the release candidate release, things look much better now. Several new features have been added, and many bugs have been fixed. Here’s what Opera team had to say on this release:
Yesterday, a preview “snapshot” version of Opera 9.5 was released and along that, came another surprise for all the Opera fans. Opera 9.5 is almost ready for the official final release, and will be out anytime this month. A makeover was needed for Opera, because the current ‘Classic’ skin has been on for several years now. The new skin that has been added as the default skin is named as ‘Sharp‘ and is currently available in the latest snapshot release of Opera 9.5.
The new skin features a dark metallic look for Opera, and since I love metallic colours, I’m loving this theme. I feel the tab buttons are a little bigger than they should be. May be that’s because I’m used to thin Firefox tabs. And the close button, at the upper right corner of every tab is also very small. I hope they make it bigger in the final release.
After the last release of Opera Mini 4.1 beta in April, Opera has finally released the final version of their award-winning mobile web-browser, Opera Mini 4.1. Opera Mini is used by more than 44 million people! The availability of this browser was announced today.