Series 60 Version of Opera Browser Released

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Just a week after releasing a version of its web browser for Windows Mobile smartphones, Opera has updated the Series 60 version of this application.

This is based on the same engine as the newly released Opera 8 for Windows, Linux, and Mac, and offers support for JavaScript and DOM.

It includes a major upgrade in Opera’s Small-Screen Rendering (SSR), the technology that reformats Web sites to fit the width of mobile screens. Users can now choose between two rendering modes: Quality and Speed.

The Quality mode keeps more of the original site color, design and layout than previous versions of SSR; in Speed mode, Web page rendering is more basic but 25 percent faster.

Opera 8 for Series 60 also introduces four-way navigation with fast scrolling for efficient browsing on small screens.

“Fully compliant with Web standards and Opera’s customer requirements, Opera 8 strengthens the company’s position as the leading browser vendor on the S60 platform, and brings the latest in Opera’s full Mobile Web experience to millions of users around the world,” says Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software.

Pricing and Availability

Opera 8 for Series 60 is available on Opera’s web site. The price is currently $19.95.

The upgrade is free for users with the previous version, Opera 6.20.

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