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Opera 12 Getting Hardware Acceleration

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Opera is currently holding its Upnorthweb Conference in Oslo, Norway.

The company reportedly demonstrated an upcoming version of Opera 12 with hardware acceleration, which will be supported on Windows, Mac and Linux platforms.

Opera has promised hardware acceleration since version 11, but decided to delay the introduction so far with the argument that it intends to offer the full acceleration feature on all platforms, including Windows XP. The first alpha version of the browser is expected to be unveiled this Thursday. There was no information how the browser's performance compares to the hardware acceleration feature in rival browsers.

Additional new features include direct support for webcams, a new page navigation feature that replaces scrolling with touch or mouse swiping, as well as a new themes features, which enables an easier creation of browser themes.

We should also mention that Opera keep working on its JavaScript engine and claims that both JavaScript processing as well as HTML rendering has been accelerated. Stay tuned here Thursday to find out how Opera 12 compares to its competition.

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    kcorp2003 , October 12, 2011 4:06 AM
    i like using this web browser.
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    soundping , October 12, 2011 4:07 AM
    Opera, the other white meat.
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    drapacioli , October 12, 2011 4:20 AM
    Now if this is good I may be downloading Opera again. I had it back when I had a slow computer, it's great for old slow connections, but I may put it on my new PC if it's good enough.
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    aniklues , October 12, 2011 5:03 AM
    opera is one of the best browser I've ever used. I believe that it has a great potential.
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    bison88 , October 12, 2011 5:13 AM
    Now if only they could fix that bug that crashes some embedded Youtube videos. I fear maximizing embedded videos for fear it'll crash everything lol.
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    Anonymous , October 12, 2011 6:53 AM
    Opera - The King of Browsers...

    A demonstration of Microsoft’s “psychedelic browsing” HTML5 test on the Mac saw the Opera 11.5 with no hardware acceleration notch up 864 rpm; the latest Chrome with hardware acceleration score 498 rpm; and the Opera 12 reach 1,950 rpm.
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    Thunderfox , October 12, 2011 6:57 AM
    Hardware acceleration? That's SO last quarter.
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    memadmax , October 12, 2011 7:34 AM
    Sony needs to get on the ball and update the Opera browser on the PS3.... at least thats my two cents....
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    damianrobertjones , October 12, 2011 9:31 AM
    Dear Opera... make your browser a bit more 'touch' friendly please and let us scroll up and down the page like IE9. ...and no, I don't want Opera mobile.
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    notsleep , October 12, 2011 10:18 AM
    opera needs 64-bit native browser for windows bad in the wake of flash 64-bit version release. both internet explorer and firefox have 64-bit builds (ie9 and waterfox). chrome/iron/safari also lacks 64-bit version.
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    jtennison , October 12, 2011 11:11 AM
    How often do Opera updates come out? I am getting tired of the Rapid Release Firefox update cycle, and am looking into alternative browsers.
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    COLGeek , October 12, 2011 3:45 PM
    Updating Opera is a good thing, but not likely to help the product increase its use on the 'Net. For the most part, Opera is simply not relevant compared to other, more widely used, browsers. Good, solid browser, but just not used by many. Too bad.
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    ta152h , October 12, 2011 4:36 PM
    Once you get used to Opera, it's hard to go back. Firefox never held me; it was painless to go to Opera, and once there I didn't want to go back. IE is, well Microsoft, and nothing Microsoft makes is ever really competitive unless they have a monopoly. Looks like they'll be dipping below 50% market share in the very near future too, the first time in a VERY long time.
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    ThisIsMe , October 12, 2011 4:52 PM
    It's usage might be equal to that of Chrome if they bundled it in with every Java install/update, DivX install/update, many game demo installs, some full game installs, some of the "free" Adobe products install/updates, made one of their own annoying "toolbars" that always wants to install Opera, and if whenever someone used any rival browser to visit the most popular "search engine" home page they had it pop up a BIG colorful box at the top right of the page that reads A faster way to browse the web above a BIG blue button that reads Install Google Chrome.

    ...just sayin' lol
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    ThisIsMe , October 12, 2011 5:01 PM
    I just thought of something. Maybe Google should be forced to have a link to all the popular browsers on it's homepage, and have them show up in some random order each time. You know, so they don't try and use their incredible search engine market share to force people to use Chrome without allowing people to choose their own path. They were one of the companies that backed the idea in Euro-land to have another company that was using it's market share to "force" the use of it's browser.
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    schmich , October 12, 2011 7:49 PM
    notsleepopera needs 64-bit native browser for windows bad in the wake of flash 64-bit version release. both internet explorer and firefox have 64-bit builds (ie9 and waterfox). chrome/iron/safari also lacks 64-bit version.

    Needs it bad? Why? There's no difference in performance.
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    back_by_demand , October 12, 2011 8:44 PM
    I wonder if the Opera browser on the Wii will get the upgrade?
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    eddieroolz , October 13, 2011 3:20 AM
    Finally eh. IE10 will steam full speed ahead of Opera.
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    rdege , October 14, 2011 5:16 PM
    Where did they get that Cookie Monster background from?