I’ve been using the beta version of Vivaldi browser for Windows for quite some time before it was officially released to the world, and I must say, it feels good. The folks behind this browser include former CEO and co-founder of Opera, Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner, and a few former employees.
Vivaldi browser features
The basis for the design of this browser is to grab the Opera 12 users who have decided not to migrate to the new version of the browser that is now powered by the Blink rendering engine.
Vivaldi browser feaures
When the web browser is launched for the first time, we feel the classic Opera feeling, and that’s a good first step in gravitating towards the 20+ million users who have not yet abandoned Opera 12.
The first thing users should see is the Speed Dial menu. There’s also the Bookmarks and History menus right beside it. We like this design because it makes it easier for us to dig into our bookmarks and tabs without having to perform several clicks of the mouse.
On the left of the browser, there’s a panel with several options. From here, it is possible to access the Download section, Notes, Bookmarks, and Vivaldi Mail. Bear in mind that the mail client is not yet working, but the company has created a mail app on the web for the time being.
At the top left corner of the web browser, users should see the Vivaldi button. Similar to how Opera works, if you click on this button, several options will be made available. From here folks can gain entry to the settings menu among other things.
The degree of customization available from the Settings menu reminds us a lot of the old Opera web browser. We like the ability to change the location of the left panel, or even to make it disappear and reappear with the click of the mouse button. We also enjoy customizing the appearance of the browser.
When it comes down to keyboard shortcuts, this is possible in all browsers, but only a few, including Vivaldi, allows for customizing the whole thing.
So what are the differences here when compared to previous preview versions of Vivaldi?
Well, it is notably faster, which is due in some parts to the addition of Smooth Scrolling. The beta also comes with Private Window for those folks looking to hide from their history what they browse about at nights. Furthermore, HTML5 h.264 is here, so YouTube videos should play a lot smoother now.
Do you love the page loading progress indicator in other browsers? No problem, it is here now. Full extension support is here too, but bear in mind Vivaldi relies on the Google Chrome Web Store for all its extension needs. Some may see this as a bad thing, while some may not. As for me personally, it makes little sense to create your own store when the Chrome Web Store works so well, especially since the browser is based on Blink.
Still, eventually Vivaldi browser may require a larger sense of independence because the developers are relying on Google for too much right now.
List of new features found in Vivaldi browser:
- Chromeless UI
- Tabs visual navigation
- Private window
- Page loading progress indicator
- Typed history list
- Smooth scrolling
- Geolocation support
- HTML5 h.264 support
- Full Extensions support
Overall, Vivaldi feels like a wonderful web browser, and we would recommend it to anyone. If you’re using Chrome, it’s an easy switch over because the extensions are all here.
The only problem we had with Vivaldi beta is the fact that Bing is not an option in the Search Engine settings. We had to add it by ourselves, and it is not a simple click of the mouse task.
With the Microsoft search engine being one of the best available, it needs to be a part of the list.
Read our detailed Vivaldi browser review.