Updated 5:40 p.m. PST on Wednesday, June 16, 2010, to clarify benchmark information and add CNET benchmarks.
Opera has released its latest browser betas that emphasize speed improvements and better HTML5 compliance. Opera 10.60 for Windows, Mac, and Linux gives fans of the alternative Web browser a bucketload of HTML5-related improvements, along with the claim that the company has made the browser 50 percent faster than the previous version.
Opera 10.60 beta 1 should be 50 percent faster than the current stable Opera, version 10.53, when tested on the Peacekeeper test, an Opera representative said. CNET tests revealed a strong speed improvement, but not that strong. An average of three cold runs for Opera 10.53 scored 5,104, while Opera 10.60 beta 1 scored 6,792.67. (On Peacekeeper, higher is better.) That's a 33 percent increase, which is still impressive.
The beta version also adds support for many nascent HTML5 features, including the next-generation video and audio codec WebM, geolocation compatibility, Web Workers and App Cache.
Opera made some slight interface tweaks in this beta version. Opera added search suggestions for several sites that it has partnerships with, such as Wikipedia. Also, it gave tabs custom thumbnails, too. You can read the full changelog for Opera 10.60 here.