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Opera 9.0 Technology Preview 2

A short time ago, I had the pleasure of reviewing Opera 8.5, which was, at the time, the most recent release of the top-notch alternative to Internet Explorer. As a lapsed Opera fan, I found the browser (which has been around since 1994 and has gained a considerable following since) as compact, quick, and loaded with features as ever.

No sooner had I put the final polish on that review than the wizards in Norway reached a new high note with an early beta of their next major upgrade. I promptly downloaded Opera 9.0 Technology Preview 2, and discovered they'd added some impressive arpeggios and trills to an already great browser's repertoire.

These new features include some smaller tweaks, like thumbnail tab previews and improved content block, and one very major addition: widgets.

Working With Widgets
Widgets are Web applets that can do almost anything. When last I looked, there were already 50 available for Opera 9, from clocks and calendars to calculating your Body Mass Index (BMI). If you don't find what you want, you can either write your own, or you can wait for someone else to write it and then download it from the Opera Community Web site.

Opera 9's widgets let you add a variety of applets, references, etc. to your desktop. (Click for complete image.))
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