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25 February 2015
Vivaldi is a new browser, created by the programmers who gave us the original version of Opera. Still including many of the original features that made Opera so popular, Vivaldi goes a step further with a few added extras. Vivaldi is only available as a “tech preview” version right now, but if you want a preview of what Vivaldi has to offer, give it a try.
Although Vivaldi is still a work in progress, there are plenty of cool features that are complete and ready to use. Such as:
Speed is one of Vivaldi’s selling points. The creators claim that Vivaldi will soon be the fastest browser in the West. However, it’s not quite there yet.
Vivaldi has a really reactive interface within a nice, clean design. Using simple icons helps the user experience feel more instinctive, whilst still allowing the browser to develop it’s own interface style. With it’s basic interface, Vivaldi uses the websites you’re visiting to inform the colours of the open tabs, adding a personal feel to the browser. Logical design means you won’t struggle to find any of its features because they’re exactly where you expect them to be.
Whilst the ‘tab stacking’ feature is definitely a big plus, it needs some tweaking in the design department. At the moment, the area you have to click on to open up the tabs dropdown is a bit on the small side.
Vivaldi offers great scope for customisation. If you don’t like your tabs at the top, no problem, just move them to the bottom of the screen. The browser menus also change colour to suit the webpage you are looking at – this can be switched off you find it annoying.
Full extension support isn’t there yet, but because Vivaldi is based on Chromium, Chrome extensions are supported.
Vivaldi is still in the development stages, so it won’t be as secure as, say, Google Chrome. However, safety is really down to your browsing habits, so if you’re careful, you shouldn’t have too many problems.
There isn’t a mobile version of Vivaldi, but the developers say they are planning one for a future release.
With so many cool features planned Vivaldi is definitely one to look out for in the future. We are really excited to see how this we browser develops over the coming year. Keep an eye open for our latest news about Vivaldi updates here.