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Opera 10 RC available now, release version coming September 1st

Among all of the great Web browsers out there, it seems like Opera manages to generate the most enthusiastic group of loyalists we’ve seen. No, they’re not quite as gung ho as, say, BlackBerry or iPhone addicts, but they’re a feisty bunch all the same. Well Opera fans, the day you’ve been waiting for is almost upon us. Opera announced via its blog this morning that its Opera 10 release candidate is now available for download and the final version will lift off on September 1st, as in one week from today. Highlights from the horse’s mouth:

Opera 10 features Opera Turbo, the new bandwidth-booster for slow Internet connections. It also features a significantly improved Opera Mail, Opera’s built-in e-mail client. Tabbed browsing enters the next phase of its evolution with resizeable [sic], thumbnail tabs. The upgrade of Opera’s Speed Dial now gives users a chance to personalize their favorite online destinations and the overall look and feel of their start page.

Opera also claims that version 10 of its browser is a remarkable 40 percent faster than the already-spry Opera 9.6. Long story short, it’s definitely worth checking out.