Opera.com Shows Vietnamese Users Some Love
Article by George Norman
On 18 Aug 2010
Norwegian software developer Opera has recently showed Vietnamese users some love by rolling out a Vietnamese version of Opera.com. From now on, Vietnamese users who visit the website will be automatically redirected to the Vietnamese version of Opera.com, which is vn.opera.com. The redirect will occur only if the user’s browser language is set to Vietnamese.

“Reaching out to emerging markets and welcoming them in the native language is key to providing an attractive service for our 130 million users,” says Opera Co-founder, Jon von Tetzchner. “Providing our increasing Vietnamese user base with a native language option will ease the information flow and download process.”

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Vietnam isn’t the only country to get some Opera love – Taiwan also did. Opera Software recently announced that it officially recognized Opera Nalakuvara, an Opera 10.6-based web browser that was developed by the Taiwanese community to meet the specific needs of the Taiwanese web surfer.

Here is what you can expect to get from Opera Nalakuvara:
- Available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux (Ubuntu, Fedora, and generic Linux), and FreeBSD.
- All the goodies that Opera 10.6 has to offer: speed, security, HTML, and so on.
- Popular, local web dictionary services such as Yahoo! Taiwan Dictionary and Merriam-Webster OnLine dictionary replace the default Hotclick searches.
- A button to convert Simplified Chinese characters to Traditional Chinese characters and the other way around.
- Connect to BBS sites via telnet:// protocol within the browser.
- Available for download here.

And in case you are not familiar with Opera 10.6, here is what the browser has to offer:
  • Speed
The Carakan JavaScript engine in Opera 10.60 has been tweaked to be up to 50% speedier than in Opera 10.53. Opera 10.53 in turn was ten times faster than version 10.10.

Opera 10.60 features AVG's Web Threat Data Feed to protect users from online threats.

“Staying secure on the Web is easier than ever with the unsurpassed AVG-supported anti-fraud systems and phishing protection introduced in Opera 10.60. Live feeds supply fresh information on the latest web threats to the users and keep them in the know about potential malware, harm or scams. In certain regions, Yandex supplies user malware protection,” explained Opera in a press release.
  • Looks
From a visual point of view, Opera 10.6 comes with better looks for Speed Dial, tab previews and the Opera menu button. The browser also comes with custom thumbnails for tabs.
  • Web technologies of tomorrow
Geolocation is a new feature in Opera 10.60. What it does is it determines your geographical location and puts you on the map. To be more precise, a website you visit asks the Opera browser for your location; if you agree to give out your location, the website can pinpoint your whereabouts and “do cool stuff” as Opera’s Aleksander Aas said.

Opera Software has created an interactive map to showcase the geolocation feature; the map, which is available here, shows real-time downloads of the Opera browser.

Opera 10.60 comes with support for the WebM format meaning the browser has built-in video playback. Opera 10.50 also comes with some additional HTML goodness – HTML5 Appcache, Offline Web Applications, and Web Workers.
  • Other changes
Search suggestions in the Speed Dial and search box, of course.
Microsoft Bing is featured as one of the search engines.



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