Is the Vivaldi browser from former Opera employees worth it?

Opera Software made the big jump back in 2015 to Google’s Blink rendering engine, and that move didn’t sit well with many fans of the old Opera web browser. The move caused for the loss of many features, which is the reason why Vivaldi has been created.

Vivaldi is a new web browser that is also based on the Blink rendering engine. The team is commanded by former Opera Software CEO, Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner. He’s not the only person from Opera working at this new company, it is understood that around 25 former employees are now working for Vivaldi, a clear sign of the disappointment some are feeling towards Opera Software’s new look at the future.

Vivaldi web browser

Vivaldi browser

Since we’ve been hearing so much about Vivaldi since the beginning of the year, we chose to jump right in to see what the fuss is all about. We wanted to see if Vivaldi is capable of bringing back the old Opera feeling. This is important since the Vivaldi co-founder says that there are over 20 million people still using the old Opera 12 web browser.

UPDATE: Slawomir Sochaj of Opera Software says: 20 million people is a wrong number – the real Opera 12 usage number is much lower.

After downloading this new web browser, it didn’t take us long before we were digging deep into the settings area to see what aspects of the old Opera can be found here. And guess what? We weren’t entirely disappointed at all.

The ability to customize the appearance of the browser in similar ways to the Opera is there. The ability to add custom keyboard shortcuts is also there. Want a mail client that is a central part of the web browser? No problem, Vivaldi has got you covered. Apparently this web browser is designed to attract the old Opera hardliners who want nothing to do with Opera 15 and onwards.

Now, it doesn’t yet have everything many folks enjoyed when using Opera 12. For example, the download manager is still basic, but there is room for improvement.

For those who are wondering, Vivaldi is powered by the Google Chrome Blink rendering engine. It means that unlike Opera 12’s Presto engine, this is better for a more pleasing web browsing experience. It also shows that Blink is not the reason why Opera Software is unable to bring the old Opera features to the new web browser.

All in all, Vivaldi is a decent web browser so far. Still not ready for prime time, but if the developers continue like this, then Vivaldi could become a contender in the years to come.

Read our Vivaldi browser review for more.

If there are any Vivaldi users here, we’d love to hear your views on it.

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Vamien McKalin possesses the awesome power of walking on water like a boss. He's also a person who enjoys writing about technology, comics, video games, and anything related to the geek world.