So, today we released the first “Opera 9 beta”:http://www.opera.com/pressreleases/en/2006/04/20/. The Opera 9 beta marks a significant step forwards for Opera.
First, we’ve eaten some serious Web 2.0 kool-aid, and you’ll find features for needs even beyond Web 2.0
* *Widgets:* Do you eed a small application that you can deploy unaltered to Windows, Unix and Mac users? Widgets are a platform for delivering such targeted applications:
** The users “downloads and installs”:http://my.opera.com/community/customize/widgets/ them locally, either using the “built-in widget-managment interface.”:http://my.opera.com/community/dev/widgets/doc/ or by clicking on links to widgets on web pages.
** The widget security model allows widgets to communicate with multiple domains. What does this mean? You want a widget that provides you with a combined inbox for GMail, YahooMail and Hotmail? Can be done. A good example of a widget that takes advantage of this is “KnowledgeMate”:http://my.opera.com/community/customize/widgets/info/?id=4024 — the widget that “won”:http://my.opera.com/widgets/blog/show.dml/223904 the “Opera Widget competition”:http://my.opera.com/widgets/blog/show.dml/189104 held in conjunction with “The Gathering”:http://www.gathering.org/
* *Standard improvements:* Yes, of course, we now pass Acid 2 in a build suitable for the general public. Not only that: Vastly improved SVG support. Support for Web Forms 2.0. Support for XSLT and XPath (And, may I add, our XPath support seems, from the tests I’ve done to be blindingly fast).
* *More standard improvements:* The “WhatWG”:http://whatwg.org/ has been doing wonderful work with “HTML 5”:http://whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/. We have implemented several parts of that specification:
** “Cross-document messaging”:http://virtuelvis.com/archives/2005/12/cross-document-messaging – a _safe_ way of letting services from different domains interact with each other.
** “Canvas”:http://virtuelvis.com/archives/canvas/index support. We also have a “couple of extensions”:http://my.opera.com/WebApplications/blog/show.dml/200788
** Support for the “Audio”:http://whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/#scs-sound object, a native method for playing sound in the browser. Combine this with what we have on the canvas, and you have a nice starting point for writing online games. (Are you reading this, Andrew?)
h3. Downloads and changelogs
First, read the changelog for your platform:
Then “Download”:http://www.opera.com/download/index.dml?ver=9.0b and enjoy!