Opera introduces Opera 12.10 beta for desktop
SOFTWAREBy BiztechAfrica - Oct. 2, 2012, 10:07 a.m.
Opera 12.10 beta for desktop is now available for download, supporting new OS features.
Developers can now allow their extension to work with Opera’s context menu. By allowing this, users can highlight text and make use of the extension for social networking, translations and more.
Screenshots can be tricky to do and difficult to share. With the Screenshot API developers can integrate a screenshot feature in their extension and easily allow Opera users share what they see in their browser.
In addition to the new APIs, Opera has also included more web standard support. The Fullscreen API, along with the Page Visibility API, lets developers have more say in presentation of content and better manage resources in the browser.
For developers yearning to get going with web sockets, Opera 12.10 includes the latest Web Sockets implementation with richer functionality for developers and an improved experience for end users.
Among a long list of speed and performance improvements, Opera is introducing the SPDY network standard as a supplement for the HTTP protocol, promising even faster downloading of webpages. In Opera 12.10, SPDY is turned on by default and works with webpages that support the standard. As of today, several large-scale websites such as Twitter and Gmail support the SPDY standard in addition to the traditional HTTP protocol.
“During the planning of Opera 12.10 we listened to the web developers,” says Krystian Kolondra, SVP Desktop, Opera Software. “The web developer community is thriving like never before and we want to support that in every way we can. With the new APIs, developers are better suited than ever to create extensions that give users of Opera for desktop a unique browsing experience.”
The times are a-changin’
In both the Windows and Mac worlds, there are new and exciting operating system updates this fall. Opera for desktop includes several updates to take advantage of the new features in the operating systems.
With the launch of the Mac OS X Mountain Lion, a number of new features have been included directly in the operating system. Opera 12.10 for Mac supports a number of the new MacOS X Mountain Lion features, including Notification Center, Retina Display support and built-in sharing of content to social networks.
Soon, the Windows 8 version will also be publicly available, and Opera 12.10 includes updates to accommodate Windows 8 enhancements. These include touch support for Windows 8 Classic mode, with the added bonus of working on Windows 7, as well.
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