Vivaldi has been a talking point for almost a year now, specially among internet power users and surfing geeks. The chromium-based browser headed by Former Opera CEO Jon von Tetzchner underwent a number of improvements in the last one year, with a number of technical previews and a beta version launched five months back.
Today though, after over a million downloads and months of public development, Vivaldi has released the first major release of its pioneering desktop browser: the Vivaldi 1.0.
What makes Vivaldi stand apart from most other browsers is that while other browsers strip down their offerings, Vivaldi adds features and powerful personalization options to help the web’s most demanding users increase their productivity and efficiency.
Commenting upon the launch of Vivaldi 1.0, Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Vivaldi said,
We set out on a mission to make web browsers powerful again. So Vivaldi 1.0 is both a throwback and a lookahead. It’s a ‘Modern Classic’ designed to help our users get the most out of all the time they spend with their browser.
Vivaldi boasts of a number of useful features which makes the browser minimalistic, snappier and at the same time perfect for meeting the requirements of a power user.
Some of the most important features include Quick Commands allowing the user to create his own customised commands, Tag stacks allowing user to group multiple open tabs under single tab and customised tabbed browsing.
In addition to above, there are loads of more powerful features such as:
Sessions: Save your favorite set of tabs as a session for later retrieval.
Notes: 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.
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.
Personalization: Vivaldi adapts to you, not the other way around. Vivaldi is 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.
Vivaldi clearly offers a host of pretty useful features aimed towards power users to increase the efficiency and speed of their work on the browser.
Commenting on the same, Von Tetzchner said that millions of people want a better browser that puts them in control and they have built Vivaldi in service of the user.
He further said,
We have no investors and their agendas to dictate our progress. There’s no exit strategy and we’re here to stay. All we want to do is give people a browser they’re proud to use and that we’re proud to call Vivaldi.
You can download Vivaldi 1.0 from here.