Opera 10.6 beta adds WebM video support
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.