Opera 10.6 beta adds WebM video support

By   |  June 16, 2010

Norway-based browser maker Opera today released a new beta of its Opera 10.browser which it says is 50% faster than its predecessor.

The latest beta release also includes support for WebM, the Google-backed open multimedia format. WebM is positioned as a rival the H.264 video format and a replacement for Flash-based video on the Internet. Apple, which has rejected Flash for for its iPad and iPhone devices, is supporting H.264 video, a proprietary format owned by the MPEG LA consortium in which Apple has a stake. Microsoft is also supporting H.264 but has said it will include support for open format as well.

Other features in Opera 10.6 beta include a number of other HTML5 features including Geolocation, Appcache and Web Workers. Appcache stores data locally so that users can use web-based applications while offline. HTML5 Web Workers allows web applications to launch background process to crunch data without slowing the browser.

But the big thing Opera is touting is the browser’s speed: “Opera 10.60 beta is so fast, it will blow you away,” gushed chief development officer, Christen Krogh.

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2 Responses to “Opera 10.6 beta adds WebM video support”

  1. Lunamystry
    June 18th, 2010 @ 2:57 pm

    I still can’t use opera as my default. For some reason even though firefox is so slow to load I still prefer it as my desktop browser. I have chromium as a quick browsing browser but for long sessions I use firefox. I think if opera opened up and went open source before chrome we’d have three major browsers now.

  2. Alastairo
    June 20th, 2010 @ 5:54 pm

    I tried it on an XP install and when I enter banking details to logon to internet banking, the website comes back that the data entered was incorrect.
    Anyone else had this problem ?

    Other than that it is very nice and fast.

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