The Vivaldi Web Browser is considered by many to be the true successor to the popular Opera browser of yesteryear, before, in many people’s eyes, it lost its way. After months in development, ex-Opera CEO Jon von Tetzchner has finally released the first full version of Vivaldi to the general public, which is packed with features that will enable power users to browse the web in a more efficient and customized way than before.
Some of the features that are crammed into Vivaldi include a number of popular Opera staples such as Speed Dial, which shows popular and favourited sites on new tabs, but also contains a number of brand new powerful options. Tab stacks, tiling, mouse gestures, sessions and browser panels are just some of the new tools that von Tetzchner and his team have developed for Vivaldi in order to make it a great choice for power users. If that wasn’t enough, due to being based on the Chromium project, Vivaldi supports Chrome extensions, so you can truly make it the browser you need.
Vivaldi 1.0 is available for Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux right now and although it is still early days to see whether the browser lives up to its feature list in practice, it is nice to see a browser willing to add more features instead of being stripped down and relying on extensions.