Opera spruces up email client in 11.60 browser cut
Ragnarök: An ending, or a beginning?
Opera has given one of its best-kept secrets - its email client - a facelift in the latest general release of its browser, available this morning.
While work continues on version 12, currently in Alpha condition, the new desktop version reaches 11.60. Included is a new HTML parser Ragnarök, the first update for fifteen years, and a lick of paint for the excellent, if eccentric built-in email program. Adding to the feature list are more HTML5 features, and full support for ECMAscript 5.1.
We'll take the new email program through its paces shortly, but the cosmetic overhaul is clearly evident right away.
The new-look email client
Mail labels are more flexible, and now map better onto IMAP flags
Opera's email client
The M2 mail client has been one of the web's hidden gems. It uses a database approach and retrieving emails is near instantaneous. It eschews conventional folder organisation for views, which requires a little learning (or unlearning the more rigid traditional filing approach). But this unconventional systems has deterred all but the intrepid. The makeover in 11.60 should ease some anxieties, perhaps. It's not without controversy on the beta fora - particularly the odd decision to place the subject line above the sender in the list, as the screengrab above shows.
Unless you want the paid-for powerhouse that's RITLabs' The Bat! email client, this is perhaps the least burdensome and most effective email client you can find for Windows, given the decline of Thunderbird and Microsoft! Windows! Live! Email! into sluggish middle age. Like the latter two it's free, unlike the latter two, you get a very good browser bundled with it.
Windows, Mac and Linux users can all get their hands on the new release today.
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The best browser just got a whole lot better.
Excellent stuff. The best browser just got even better. I don't care about marketshare, I care about product quality, performance and features. Opera scores top in all these areas.
A couple of points behind Chrome in the HTML5Test and ahead in performence stakes on Peaekeeper on my system, Can't wait for Opera 12 that brings hardware acceleration, it will move it out even further into the distance.
Opera seems much better an managing memory than the other browsers, and it's a "feeble" 10MB download, compared to Chrome thats 40MB demonstrates you CAN have a browser, email, RSS, Usenet, IRC, widgets, unite all in a single app without adding bloat.
known as Opera Turbo, is disabled by default, and only really intended for slow connections (it compresses images on the fly sending you compressed WebM versions of them).
Whilst it may not work for you, it's not on by default and works very well for many...
"To highlight the amazing data compression powers of Opera, we posted a real-time counter on the opera.com home page showing how much data we were saving our more than 140 million users around the world. The counter was live from November 2 to December 2. In that month, the total amount of data saved was a massive 7.5 billion megabytes!"
I've been using Opera for mail since, well, forever and I don't consider myself to be intrepid. It's certainly much better and easier to use than anything Mozilla or Microsoft have to offer.