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.
While this is far from devastating news as you can still enable WebGL and HWA via opera:config, some of the Opera’s competitors have been experimenting with hardware acceleration for almost two years now:
Internet Explorer 9
Google Chrome 9
It looks like you’ll have to wait for the next release, which is likely to be either Opera 12.5 or Opera 13, just in time for the Internet Explorer 10.
Is it a major blow? Let us know.
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