Opera today announced that they have, after a series of alpha beta tests, released the first beta of Opera 11, the next in the growing troubles of Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
Opera 11 includes an updated rendering engine, plenty of bug fixes, and introduces three new features:
- Extensions: Opera has finally decide to explore the previously tabooed territory with support for full blown extensions (not the Widget nonsense). There are already more than 100 extensions available for the browser, although the extension API is still in its adolescence stage and cannot be compared to the likes of Chrome or Firefox. But it’s a start, and a welcomed one at that.
- Visual Mouse Gesture: The new feature provides a twist to the previously existing mouse gestures by giving it a more visual form. To make things easier for new users, apparently.
- Tab Stacking: Opera 11 allows users to make group tabs by visually stacking them on top of it each other. The visual effect is of the live preview of Windows 7 but for that one tab group. Here is the official video explaining the new feature in detail: