Opera Software is expected to release a Beta version of the upcoming Opera 9.5 browser, codenamed Kestrel, within the next weeks.
The update will also feature several usability improvements that make the popular features easier to access, and more consistent with other browsers.
Opera 9.5 also takes a big step forward in accessibility by introducing screen reader support, improved keyboard navigation and more consistent keyboard shortcuts.
Mac users can expect a new visual look and feel. Opera for Linux will add a QT4 build, so users will be able to adjust the skin to match with desktop. There will also be 64-bit Linux/FreeBSD packages made available.
Opera 9.5 is also expected to be faster, both in benchmarks and on real web pages. The user interface will also feel snappier and more responsive.