FIRST LOOK: Vivaldi 1.0, the new web browser for the old school

Former Opera team’s passion project reaches version 1.0.

Vivaldi springs forth

Vivaldi springs forth

While the trend in modern browsers is to provide as streamlined an experience as possible, with simplicity and ease of use as the guiding principles, there are plenty of users who want powerful, rich feature sets, instead. The team behind Vivaldi, including Opera browser co-creator Jon von Tetzchner, is hoping that their new browser’s blend of throwback functionality and modern tech will catch on. You can download Vivaldi here on Macs, Windows or Linux, but first check out the highlights in our slideshow.

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Sophisticated controls

The power user crowd that Vivaldi is aimed at likes shortcuts – handy keystrokes and even mouse gestures to help make browsing quicker and smoother. Naturally, Vivaldi’s got an extensive list of these, letting users organize tabs, tinker with the interface, and a lot more.

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Tab organization

Browser tabs, allowing us to have a gazillion web pages open at the same time, have been around for years. The ability to stick tabs into their own stacks, along whatever organizational principles you desire, is new and different.

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Vivaldi lets you clip images and text from webpages to save into discrete notes, which is handy if you’re some kind of knowledge worker that does a lot of research on the Internet.

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Panel view

Even power users have to unwind, so Vivaldi includes the ability to get a website like Twitter or Facebook in a small side-panel view that can be quickly minimized – Vivaldi advertises this as a “boss button.”

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Vivaldi also lets you save particular arrangement of tabs and pages as their own discrete sessions, which you can presumably pop up to check on your favorite news sources, compare one web page with another, and so on.

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Under the Hood

Vivaldi’s based on Chromium, the open-source part of Google’s Chrome browser, so not only does it have a good rendering engine, it’s compatible with many Chrome extensions, as well.