WebKit-powered Opera 15 released


Opera this week released Opera 15, its first desktop browser that incorporates the open-source WebKit instead of its own homegrown rendering engine. Opera Software had announced its decision to adopt WebKit in February this year, citing its performance and adherence to standards. Opera has also switched to Google's V8 JavaScript engine.

"It makes more sense to have our experts working with the open source communities to further improve WebKit and Chromium, rather than developing our own rendering engine further," said Opera's chief technology officer, Hakon Wium Lie, at that time.

Opera 15 first debuted as a beta in late May, and the final version is available on both Windows and Mac OS X. A Linux version is also expected to debut at a later stage, according to Opera.

Another implication of the release of Opera 15 is that the company will soon cease security updates for older versions of Opera. According to Mark Wilton-Jones from Opera's quality assurance group, Opera 12.16 will be the last planned security update.

Given that the current version of the non-WebKit Opera is 12.15, the implication is that existing users should upgrade to Opera 15 as soon as they can--or risk using a browser that is susceptible to unresolved security vulnerabilities. For now, users looking to test out Opera can download it here.

For more:
- check out this article at Computerworld

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