Opera 10.60 Beta Shows Bing Some Love
Article by George Norman
On 18 Jun 2010
You would not believe this, but Redmond-based software giant Microsoft is actually glad that Opera Software rolled out the first Beta version of Opera 10.60. You would not believe it because the two companies are competitors – Microsoft has the Internet Explorer browser, while Opera Software has the Opera browser. Just because the two companies are competitors doesn’t mean they can’t get along.

And get along they did. The two companies struck this deal: Opera’s 10.60 Beta browser will feature Microsoft’s Bing search engine as one of the default search engines.

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“We are particularly excited to announce that we have entered into an agreement with the folks at Opera to make Bing one of the default search engine choices in the new beta. It’s very easy to use Bing in Opera. Just click the drop-down menu in the search box in the upper right hand corner of the browser, and pick Bing from the list. It’s great to see Bing as a choice within another of the major browser products out there, and we hope all you Opera fans out there will go get the beta and give Bing a try,” announced General Manager with Bing, Jon Tinter.

There are other reasons why you would want to give Opera 10.60 Beta a try. The first reason that comes to mind is speed – Opera 10.60 Beta is 50% faster than Opera 10.53, the current stable version. The second reason that comes to mind is HTML5 support. Opera 10.60 Beta comes with HTML Appcache (which lets you use different applications, such as word processor, image editor, spreadsheets and much more, in your web browser even when offline) and Web Workers (for doing heavy calculations without making the browsing slower for the user).

Several other reasons come to mind next: geolocation, built-in open video format WebM, search suggestions, custom thumbnails for tabs, and improved looks.

If you would like to get Opera 10.60 Beta, you can download the browser here.
If you would like to get started with Bing, please click
here .





Tags: Opera Software, Opera 10.60 Beta, Browser, Bing, Microsoft
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