Opera has not yet updated their site to announce the next release, but Opera 9.6 is available on the Opera FTP server as of today. They have also already generated the Opera 9.6 changelog.
Some of the interesting points for me in the Opera 9.6 changelog are:
- Improving Opera Link by having the option to include custom search engines. I use custom searches extensively and am happy to see my effort in setting them up will be sync'd across my installs of Opera.
- Typed address bar history will also now be an option to be included in Opera Link.
- Feed Preview - displaying a sample of an RSS feed in human readable format prior to subscribing to the feed. I have tested this out in the beta and it is a nice addition.
- Following email threads - sounds like a great idea but I have not yet tried to incorporate it into my email workflow.