In public beta since last year, Vivaldi reached version 1.0 on Wednesday (6). Led by former CEO of Opera Software, Jon von Tetzchner, the browser has a clear proposal: instead of wanting to please everybody and simplify things, Vivaldi intends to conquer the most advanced users who require features and a level of customization that current browsers do not have.
So much so that in the announcement of the launch of the first stable version of Vivaldi, the title mentions that the browser “is not for everyone, just for you.” It is based Blink engine, the same used in Chrome, but it brings features that resemble the old days of the Opera, as gesture support, text notes (yes!) And better management of tabs.
My first impressions of a user accustomed to Safari and Chrome, is that Vivaldi interface looks loaded at first glance, but this is part of the browser’s proposal: “While other browsers remove resources, Vivaldi adds features and powerful customization options to help the most demanding web users to improve their productivity and efficiency, “says the ad.
There are some interesting built-in functions, such as battery tabs, which reduce the mess of who retains many tabs open and still allow viewing of multiple pages simultaneously; and the side panels, home favorites, downloads and notes, and bear any web page, so you can follow the Twitter corner of the screen while browsing other sites, for example.
Until the focus of Vivaldi, he is unlikely to win a large market share. However, just as with the Opera, he must build a loyal user base, including orphans of former Norwegian browser. One detail that should greatly facilitate the migration to Vivaldi is that it supports Chrome extensions – but you may not need many of them, since many features have been built.
For the future, the developers plan to release Vivaldi Sync, allowing synchronization settings, bookmarks and passwords between devices; integration with the M3 e-mail client used the old Opera and abandoned in the transition to WebKit; and versions for mobile devices. You can participate in the development of Vivaldi through the browser community, formed by blogs and forums (any resemblance to the My Opera is not a coincidence).
If you are dissatisfied with your current browser, Vivaldi is a strong option to consider. It is available for Windows, OS X and Linux. The download is free and can be done on the official website.