Opera 10 is out of beta! Go download: http://www.opera.com.
Opera Turbo brings compression to Opera desktop
On the page "Opera mini on desktop" I remarked that it would be nice if opera built the Opera Mini low bandwidth features into desktop opera too! (Opera 9 already has a low bandwidth email mode, and also, on the right of the bottom bar, an image selector for: load images, cached images only, no images.)
Now there have been some exciting developments in this direction, called 'Opera Turbo', see
To quote from the first link:
and from the second link:
At Opera, we love speed. We work hard to make our browser faster with features that speeds you up, but your connection also plays a big role on how fast you can go.
Some people have fast connections, a lot have slow connections. Many are always on the run from one place to another — making it hard to find regular fast connection points. Even if you do, it might be that too many people are on the Wi-Fi in the cafe or that you are browsing through your mobile phone when commuting on the train.
That’s why we’ve been working on Opera Turbo, a server-side optimization and compression technology that provides significant improvements in browsing speeds over limited-bandwidth connections by compressing network traffic. This does not only make you surf faster, but also lowers the cost of browsing when you are on a pay per usage plan.
Today we start our time limited test phase for Opera Turbo, please read below to learn a little about how Turbo works and where to download it. You can also see it in action in the following video: ...
An Opera 10 preview build with Opera Turbo is available, see here. We need to have a look at Opera Turbo, but it makes Opera very interesting for browsing in low bandwidth scenarios.
Update: Opera 10 beta now available: http://labs.opera.com/downloads/
- On this wiki
- Opera Turbo
- About OBML: http://dev.opera.com/articles/view/opera-binary-markup-language/
- News about Opera Turbo: http://www.umpcportal.com/tag/opera
- Blog post at Aptivate: http://blog.aptivate.org/2009/06/09/low-bandwidth-web-opera-turbo/