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Opera Takes Wraps Off New Browser

Opera Software this week released the latest version of its Web browser which features Java support and a variety of other new features.

Opera 3.50's 32-bit version for Windows 95 and NT allows Web surfers to view Java documents after installing a Java plug-in. Opera admits that the current installation process for the plug-in is tedious, but said Sun Microsystems Inc. has assured the company that the next version of its Java plug-in will install along with the browser.

The latest version is also the first commercial browser to support the Transport Layer Security 1.0 protocol. Currently, few Web servers support the new protocol. Opera also supports the Secure Sockets Layer encryption technology commonly found in browsers today.

Opera 3.50 now supports cascading style sheets and allows Web developers to preview a document in a variety of modes before actually uploading their pages to a server. Other improvements include an option to turn off table support, a new file transfer window and the ability to specify the way buttons appear in the browser.

The upgrade is free to registered users of Opera 3 and later.