Orion Browser Release Notes

Release 0.99.122 - Nov 25, 2022

We are so excited to announce that Orion has regained the title of the fastest browser on Mac (held temporarily by Safari for the last few months)! We did this by extensive compiler-level optimizations and are happy to report scores of 370-380+ on M1 machines in the popular Speedometer 2.1 benchmark. This is a huge accomplishment and we are so proud of our team!

First Orion translations are now included: French, Italian, Czech, Russian and Simplified Chinese. We would like to thank your contributors and ask everyone to join the Orion translation effort.

We were able to fix a bug that prevented a bunch of popular sites like Outlook, Netflix, Fastmail, Whatsapp etc from working properly. Thank you for your patience!

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Release 0.99.121.1 - Nov 1, 2022

We have fixed the problem that caused high CPU usage on YouTube pages. We also included new features like start page folders, the ability to suspend tabs, and several improvements with our recently launched Profiles feature.

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Release 0.99.121 - Oct 21, 2022

Profiles are landing in Orion! We are making history: this is the first time that wholly isolated Profiles are possible in a WebKit-based browser! Profiles allow you to keep your online identities, such as work or personal, including separation of settings, extensions, bookmarks, history and cookie data.

We also felt the square tab design is getting a bit old for the newest Macs, and a beautiful new rounded tab design is here!

The Orion documentation project is now live at help.kagi.com/orion. Get involved! It is fully open source, and we invite you to help us create the fabulous documentation that Orion deserves.

Enjoy all the hard work we put into making this release one of the greatest so far!

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Release 0.99.120.1
Sep 20, 2022

This release addresses the performance issue introduced with the last beta (note: we are currently observing a 10%-15% difference in Speedometer 2.0 score compared to Safari TP on Intel Macs, and we will be investigating more why is that the case).

Then we decided we will add or fix approximately 30 other things in this release, thanks a lot to our newest member of the team: Akira. Enjoy!

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Release 0.99.120
Sep 13, 2022

This is a massive update! We did not have this amount of new features in a single release in a long time. Plus, we have improved extension support for a significant number of popular extensions. We also fixed a lot of bugs including a memory leak that we were hunting for a long time.

We are also trying something new - taking well known open source extensions and implementing them as built-in browser features by optimizing it for use in Orion (low resources, used only when needed). First two features to arrive in this way are the new Design Tools and Responsive Design Mode, both found in the Develop menu.

Some of the web extensions reported working after this update: Zotero, Metamask, LastPass, DashLane and many others.

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Release 0.99.119
Aug 12, 2022

This update brings WebAuthN support as well as newest WebKit 615.1.1.

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Release 0.99.118.1
August 3, 2022

This is a bug/crash fix update.

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Release 0.99.118
August 2, 2022

We are continuing to improve Orion on all sides with important new features and bug fixes. Big thanks to all Orion patrons who make this browser possible.

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Release Orion 0.99.117
July 25, 2022

This release combines redesign of important browser elements, support for the new web extension APIs (enabling support for more extensions) while fixing a memory leak plus the tab history issue.

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Release Orion 0.99.116
July 5, 2022

This is our very first release sponsorored in part by Orion supporters. Become Orion supporter here. We need about 5,000 more supporters to achieve sustainability. Thank you!

This is a pretty exciting release with a lot of new things. We also added support for Ventura beta 2 (requires re-download Orion from the website).

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Release 0.99.115.3
June 22, 2022

This update was prompted by two fixes (see below) that we felt warranted a fast response.

In other news, you can also now support Orion development using PayPal with a one time or recurring payment. This will even let you specify a specific bug fix or feature request you wish support!

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Release 0.99.115.2
June 20, 2022

This update brings over 50 improvements and bug fixes just 9 days after the last release!

Don't see your favorite feature, extension support or a bug fix yet? Maybe you simply like what we are doing? Consider supporting Orion development.

Orion is 100% user supported, with no ads, affiliate links, tracking, telemetry, search engine deals... ever. This is our promise to you.

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You can submit bug reports and new feature requests to OrionFeedback.org.

Check out change log for previous release 0.99.115.1.