As expected, this morning Opera Software released a new version of its web browser, Opera 10, which includes a new UI, enhancements to the UI and built-in mail client, improved performance as well as support for new web standards. Web developers receive a new version of Opera Dragonfly, Opera's built in web development tools which allow developers to edit the DOM as well as inspect HTTP headers.
"At Opera, we have always worked hard to innovate new ways to improve everyone's browsing experience," said Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera. "Opera Turbo is our newest innovation, and one we think everyone should try, because we all will face a slow connection at some point. Now, there is a solution, and it is absolutely free. We are excited to offer Opera 10 to the world, and we hope even more people discover what the 40 million people who have already made the switch know: browsing with Opera makes the Web a safer, more enjoyable and more interesting place."
Opera has long had a loyal (if not fanatic) following, however Opera has seen a slight decline in market share over the last several quarters and is currently sitting in fifth place among the desktop web browsers. Apple Safari, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox continue to nip away at Microsoft's dominant web browser, Internet Explorer, which currently holds about 62-percent of the browser market share.
While Opera's desktop client may not be getting the love some feel it deserves, Opera's mobile browser, Opera Mini, currently holds the number one position for mobile browsers. Opera Mini has a slight lead over the iPhone (mobile Safari) by less than 2%. Meanwhile, Nokia comes in a distant third.
Opera 10 is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux in over 60 languages and can be downloaded here. It may take a while, Opera's web site and FTP server appear to be getting hammered right now.