Opera 10 is coming September 1, 2009, but for those of you that cannot wait a "feature complete" release candidate is available for download from opera.com/browser/next/.
Keeping to its commitment to be the fastest web browser, Opera claims that v10 loads resource intensive sites like Facebook and Gmail more than 40% faster than Opera 9.6. Additionally, Opera 10 includes a new feature called Opera Turbo which is a compression technology designed to improve speeds over limited-bandwidth connections such as a crowded WiFi in a cafe. In addition to speed and performance, Opera's revamped Presto rendering engine includes support for web standards such as web fonts, SVG, and passes the Acid3 test at 100%.
Opera has also made significant improvements to the browser's web development tools, built-in email client, spell checking, and the UI and tabbed interface.
"The release candidate pushes us closer to the final launch of Opera 10," said Jan Standal, Vice President of Desktop Products, Opera. "We paid special attention to the mail client, which is one of our most enduring and popular features. Now, we are very close to releasing the best browser in Opera's long history. We hope everyone who has helped us test our browser thus far will put the release candidate through its paces. With everyone's help, Opera 10 will surprise a lot of people with its speed, stability and powerful features."