The Vivaldi 1.0 desktop browser has officially launched after 14 months in beta.
The new browser, from former Opera CEO Jon von Tetzchner, is a bid to give Internet users an alternative to browsers from big companies such as Google’s Chrome and Apple’s Safari. It is is available to desktop users running the Windows, Mac or Linux platforms.
According to a Vivaldi press release, the browser was built in response to “vocal grumblings that browsers including Chrome, Firefox and Safari do not serve users.”
von Tetzchner says Vivaldi was “built with the user in ind.”
“We set out on a mission to make web browsers powerful again,” he said. “So Vivaldi 1.0 is both a throwback and a look ahead. It’s a ‘Modern Classic’ designed to help our users get the most out of all the time they spend with their browser. Millions of people have already agreed that they want a better browser, one that puts them in control. Everything we build is in service of the user. 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.”
Vivaldi’s features include:
Tab Stacks: If you are a multi-tab user, Vivaldi offers the ability to drop tabs on top of each other to create a stack to reduce clutter.
Tab Stack Tiling: If you have a big screen, Vivaldi offers the ability to tile tab stacks to see multiple pages at the same time might come in handy.
Sessions: This enables you to save your favorite set of tabs as a session for later retrieval.
Notes: You can mark quotes to save as a notes and the browser will remember which site you were on and allow you to take screenshots.
Quick commands: Access open tabs, bookmarks, history, settings and more through a command interface.
Mouse gestures and keyboard shortcuts: “Mouse gestures turn a flick of the wrist into almost any action in the browser,” the company says. “Keyboard shortcuts do the same with simple key combinations.”
Personalized: Vivaldi adapts to you with “more than one million different ways to make Vivaldi your perfect browser.”
Vivaldi can be downloaded for free from https://vivaldi.com