Opera News: Barracuda RC, 100 Million Opera Mini Users
Article by George Norman
On 07 Apr 2011
Back in February Opera Software announced that it started to use cool codenames for its releases. Opera 11.10 for example is called Barracuda – a fish that is has a torpedo-like body, dagger-like teeth, and has such a ferocious appetite that it can even consume larger fish. The news is that Barracuda has graduated out of Beta and moved on to RC (Release Candidate) status.

According to Opera Software, Barracuda RC is “even more stable and streamlined”. Opera Software has fixed several crash bugs, fixed various problems, reduced the browser’s power consumption when the computer is running on battery, and polished Speed Dial some more.


Get Barracuda RC for Windows here, for Mac here, and for Linux/FreeBSD here.

Appart from the ones presented above, Barracuda comes with a few other goodies, goodies we’ve known about since the browser was in Beta:
- It is faster than previous Opera versions.
- There are now an unlimited number of entries in Speed Dial. The new Speed Dial flow feature in Opera 11.10 opens new Speed Dials dynamically as you add them. Check out a video presentation of Opera 11.10's new Speed Dial on YouTube here.
- New layout choices
- An improved zoom slider.
- Can automatically download the Flash plugin and install it in the background.
- Added support for CSS3's multi-column layouts and gradients, the Web Open Font Format (WOFF) and Google's WebP image protocol.

The second Opera news is that Opera Mini, which reached version 6 back in March, is being used by more than 100 million users. Opera Software took a look at the statistics and found that during the month of March, Opera Mini alone (not Opera Mini and Opera Mobile combined) reached 100 million monthly users and served two billion daily page views. Opera Software CEO had this to say: “Sweeeet!”

Since February 2011, the number of Opera Mini users grew by 11 million. Since February 2010, the number of users grew by 50 million.

Tags: Opera Software, Barracuda, Opera 11.10, Opera Mini
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