Opera Software founder launches Vivaldi, a new browser

After more than one year in public development and millions of downloads, Vivaldi today released the first major release of its desktop browser: Vivaldi 1.0.

The UI uses React and JavaScript, as well as Node.js. The core of the browser uses Chromium, ensuring pages render quickly and accurately.

Vivaldi browser

“We share the same core code as Chrome (Chromium) but we are very different with handling the privacy of our users. First of all, our business model is not based on understanding a user’s online behavior and profiling our users to monetise that information. We have no intention of knowing what people do on the web. What we focus on to provide superior experience for anything our users choose to do online,” Jon von Tetzchner, CEO at Vivaldi, told Help Net Security.

Vivaldi browser features

Vivaldi is produced by a founding team of browser pioneers, including Tetzchner, who co-founded and led Opera Software. Here’s a look at a few features that make Vivaldi a web power tool.

Tab Stacks: Feel like you have too many tabs open? Vivaldi solves that with tab stacks. Drop tabs on top of each other to create a stack. It’s the fastest way to reduce clutter and keep organized. And when you’re ready to switch between tabs, Vivaldi has a number of customizations for that too.

Tab Stack Tiling: Have a big screen? Tile that tab stack and see multiple pages at the same time! With multiple tab stacks, it is like having multiple desktops!

Sessions: Take browser management to the next level. Save your favorite set of tabs as a session for later retrieval.

Notes: The perfect tool for researchers. Mark that quote and save it as a note. Vivaldi can remember which site you were browsing at the time, and allow you to take screenshots as well.

Quick commands: Access open tabs, bookmarks, history, settings and more through a command interface.

Mouse gestures and keyboard shortcuts: If you really want to operate the browser at lightning speed. Mouse gestures turn a flick of the wrist into almost any action in the browser. Keyboard shortcuts do the same with simple key combinations.

Speed Dial: Your favorite sites and bookmarks easily accessible from any blank tab. Include Groups and Folders for even more Speed Dials!

Better bookmarks: Access your bookmarks from the bookmarks panel, bookmarks manager, bookmark bar and of course Speed Dial.

Web Panels: View websites in your Vivaldi sidebar. The perfect way to browse tweets, Facebook posts, or chat alongside your primary browsing window. We like to say it’s the next best thing to a “Boss button” for the web.

Personalized: Vivaldi adapts to you, not the other way around. We made Vivaldi the most customizable browser, all based on feedback from millions of users. In fact, there are more than 1 million different ways to make Vivaldi your perfect browser.




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