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Opera 10.50 Pre-Alpha Beats Firefox, Chrome

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The Opera developer’s told us recently that they would release a pre-alpha of Opera 10.50 on December 22 and that this release would all be about speed. No one but the inner circle of developers knew what they meant at that time but speculations centered around Opera’s new JavaScript engine Carakan.

Opera 10.50 pre-alpha was released today and the developer’s have kept word. Included in this release is the JavaScript engine Carakan, the layout engine Presto 2.5 and a new graphics library called Vega.

Carakan speeds up JavaScript execution by a factor of 7 when compared to Opera’s latest stable release Opera 10.10. A quick run of the Sunspider JavaScript benchmark yields astonishing speed improvements (may vary depending on test computer).

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