Vivaldi 1.0 Web Browser Makes Its Debut, Led by Opera Co-founder

By Sean M. Kerner  |  Posted 2016-04-13

The Vivaldi browser is designed to solve what its creators see as the shortcoming in other browsers. Vivaldi 1.0, which became generally available April 6, provides users with a new take on how to experience the Web. Vivaldi is led by Jon von Tetzchner, co-founder of Opera Software, which started in 1995 and continues to build its own browser. Von Tetzchner, who left Opera in 2011, began to build Vivaldi in 2013. According to von Tetzchner, Opera has changed its direction and doesn't fully serve the needs of it users and contributors, so he came to the conclusion that a new browser was necessary. Vivaldi 1.0 offers intriguing features related to tab management and display. Users can "stack" tabs as a grouping so that they can then be displayed as tiles on a page. The new browser also introduces the concept of the Web Panel, a bookmarked Web page that can be seen in a panel, or a small section of the browser window. Overall, the key focus for Vivaldi is on user customization, with no shortage of configurable options for how to experience the Web. We look at key features of the Vivaldi 1.0 release.


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