As you might know, the Beta version of Opera 12 has hardware acceleration (tagged as “experimental”) and WebGL disabled by default.
Although some of you might have expected to see the HWA in action in the Final version of Opera 12, it looks like this isn’t exactly the case. According to Opera’s Community Manager, Aleksander Aas, Opera 12 Final will not have hardware acceleration enabled by default.
With the recent release of Opera 12 Beta, we were eager to compare the performance differences between the 32 and 64 bit builds. As our previous test has shown, the 64 bit version of Opera 12 Alpha was actually worse than its 32 bit build, which really surprised us, considering that the Internet Explorer and Firefox results told the different story.
To make things even more interesting, we have enabled the experimental hardware acceleration.
The wait is over, after a couple of quick releases, Norwegian browser maker has revealed the Beta version of Opera 12 for both x86 and x86-64 systems.
In addition to various improvements, Opera 12 brings some of the most requested features, including out of process plugins, hardware acceleration (disabled by default) and WebGL (also disabled by default).
Developers to blame.
In an interesting turn of events, which we view as positive news for its users, Opera Software will soon be releasing an experimental build of Opera Mobile Emulator, which will use WebKit prefixes to combat ignorant web developers. In addition to that, since it will be integrated into Opera’s core, you can expect to see same prefixes across all Opera web browsers in the near future.
Unhappy users all over the web, all 3 of them.
Good news, after a lackluster success with the overhyped Opera Unite service, it looks like Opera Software has finally come to fruition and will be discontinuing it along with the Widgets as well as Voice, saving both money and valuable resources.
Windows XP edition.
Despite very positive Windows 7 reviews, it still remains the #2 operating system, right behind everyone’s beloved Windows XP. And although trend favors Windows 7, it does not mean that the XP users should be left behind. Since Internet Explorer 9 won’t run on this OS, guys at TomsHardware have decided to test IE8 against the top 4 web browsers.
Since the very first alpha release of Opera 12, developers were busy fixing bugs and adding new features.
Recently, Norwegian browser maker has included a camera support in one of its pre-beta release, which, according to our readers, should boost Opera’s HTML5 score by 20 points. However, this is not yet enough to reclaim the number one spot from Maxthon.
If you’ve been experiencing lag while scrolling various web pages (especially if surfing them with a zoom level higher than 100%), there we have some good and bad news for you.
If you’ve ever thought that Maxthon is just a peace of UI on top of a rendering engine, then you were wrong.