We’ve been covering Opera 12 development progress as the snapshots release and today Opera has released its first release candidate of Opera 12 with better plug-ins performance which is available for immediate download from Opera desktop blog.  We think Opera 12 final will be available by tomorrow or after that day.

What’s new in Opera 12 RC

  • Plug-ins to work again on Windows 200o
  • Reduced CPU usage of plug-ins in Mac
  • Opera 12 won’t freeze on Windows XP from now on

It seems they’re not sure or confident on enabling Hardware Acceleration in Opera as it can crash some systems with old GPUs. Yes! what we observed from about:config entries is that Opera 12 RC came with HWAcceleration disabled by default.

You can download Opera 12 RC from here.