New Opera Beta Version Released

Opera Software has released a new beta version of Opera, bringing it to version 7.50 b1. Opera is an Internet browser designed for interfacing a user with the world of the Internet. The latest beta release ships with Mac enhancements and an expanded feature set. According to Opera Software:

Opera Software today released the beta 1 of version 7.50, redesigned from the bottom up for Windows, Mac, Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris.

Todayis release marks the first time that upgrades for all desktop platforms have been released simultaneously, with Opera now bringing its Mac browser up to par. Opera 7.50 offers users a significantly improved user experience, with added Internet functions and an entirely new user interface.

With 7.50, Opera becomes more than a Web browser. Along with browsing, Opera users get an enhanced built-in e-mail client, Opera Mail, and a new IRC-compatible chat feature. Opera Mail offers intelligent e-mailing with support for instant content search, a contact database, a newsgroup reader, automatic filtering, and now features spellchecker and RSS newsfeeds. Spam filtering is taken a step further in this release by allowing users to teach filters to recognize a class of messages. Classified e-mails are then automatically directed to a designated work, personal, or special interest folder to tailor e-mail management.

You can find more information about the Opera beta update at the Opera Software Web site. Opera 7.50b1 is free for registered users, while the full version is available for US$29.00.