WEB BROWSER Opera 11 beta is now available and it allows tab stacking, a way of grouping browser tabs instead of placing them side by side.
To stack tabs the user just drags one tab on top of another. Hovering the mouse over a tab will cause the stack to expand in a visual preview. Clicking the arrow icon expands the current stack across the tab bar.
"Tabs are the most popular feature in browsers today," said Jan Standal, VP of desktop products at Opera. "Because so many of us wrestle with tens or even hundreds of open tabs, we needed a way to simplify tab management. Just like stacking papers for future reference, stacking your tabs is an intuitive way to organize and collect your open Web pages."
Mouse gestures have also been expanded with Opera 11 beta. First introduced with Opera 5, this allows the user to control the browser with quick movements of the mouse. In Opera 11 a visual interface highlights mouse paths to guide users.
Other changes with Opera 11 beta include Opera 11 for Linux being 15 to 20 per cent faster on than Opera 10.63. Also, the address field hides unnecessary information and puts the security status of each page front and center, site security indicators called badges are now present and bookmarking is now a single click. µ
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