Norway's Opera has released 7.50 for Windows, Mac, Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris - and one of the most useful features of this new version is support for RSS newsfeeds, further bolstering its claim of being the fastest, best coded, small browsing application in the world.
At 3.5mb Java-less and 15.9 mb with, it has a built-in e-mail client with fast content search, a contact dbase, newsreader, automatic filtering and a spellchecker and, it says, the debuting chat client is IRC-compatible and supports both private and group chats.
AND - it'll push pop-ups to the background, or not show them at all.
Also interesting is Opera's new marketing approach to Bill and the Boyz over in Redmond.
"Most Internet users are browsing slowly and conducting other Internet activities with applications that should have been retired years ago," it says, mentioning no names.
But wait! It mentions names : )
"Internet Explorer is an aged application that Microsoft has not given a major update in years, and according to press reports they are not planning to upgrade it in the near future," says Opera ceo Jon S. von Tetzchner, going on:
Aged app, eh? That's fighting talk. heh
Verisn 7 users get a free upgrade.
For new users, the free version has sponsored advertising in the user interface, but $39 gets rid of that. If you're a registered user of an older version, an upgrade to a newer version on the same platform costs $15. If you bought Opera 6 during the Power Kit campaign, or thereafter for $29, you're entitled to a free upgrade to Opera 7 for Windows and Linux.
The ads aren't that intrusive, though, for people looking to save their hard-earned cash.
Opera's browser technology is cross-platform and modular, and currently available on the following operating systems: Windows, Linux, Mac OS, Symbian OS, QNX, TRON, FreeBSD, Solaris and Mediahighway.