December 24, 2004

Opera: voice-activated browsing

by brian_turner

Opera are determined not to be left behind in the battle for the browser market, as the open source Mozilla Firefox fights into Microsoft Internet Explorer’s dominant market share.

Announcing teh release of a new test version, it comes not simply with additional support for formats such as RSS, but also offers surfing via voice activated commands and the ability to have web pages read to them.

According to the report in CNet: Opera releases new talking Web browser:

The company said it has made enough improvements to turn the final version of this beta download into a major new release, instead of an ordinary incremental upgrade.

The new Opera beta version also includes user interface improvements such as bigger browsing space, cleaner menus, and better printing support, the company says. The browser also now works with Google’s Gmail, correcting a problem that had led some Opera users to switch to Firefox.

The voice support is powered by IBM’s Embedded ViaVoice technology, which Opera licensed early in the year.

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