The Opera browser was the darling of the internet… some time ago. Since its glory days when it introduced tabbed browsing and other innovations, the browser has fallen from grace badly. Google’s Chrome browser, Apple’s Safari and even Microsoft’s Internet Explorer have left it in the dust a long time ago. A while back, Opera CEO Jon von Tetzchner said “We consider it a bug, internally, that Opera isn’t the fastest”, and it seems that it wasn’t all talk.

Opera 10.5 has arrived and been noted. Thanks to the Carakan engine, Opera is the fastest in executing JavaScript on Windows based PC’s. Throw in the Vega graphics library and Chrome has a formidable sparring partner. Apart from that Opera has many good features.

Unite mini server-in-a-browser – Enables you to turn you computer into a mini server accessible by you anywhere via an internet connection.
Turbo – Enhanced caching that allows for a better browsing experience with slow connections

Link – Allows synchronization between computers and devices as well as the synchronization of Speed Dial, bookmarks, custom searches, history and notes are some of the notable features of Link.

Torrents – Opera has its own built in BitTorrent support

Future support – The browser already supports HTML5 and CSS3, which means that the transition for users will be fairly seamless.

Opera has also thrown in features which we have grown to expect from browsers like Private browsing mode, Phishing protection and an RSS reader. It is also designed with Windows 7 in mind, therefore it functions well with the operating system’s new features quite well. With a host of other features, Opera finally seems to have caught up and even overtaken the browser race. The response from the competition should be extremely interesting to watch.