Vivaldi has a Speed Dial tab for rapid access to websites. Vivaldi, a new browser designed for'demanding' web users who like to keep multiple tabs open simultaneously, has officially launched following more than a year of public development. Developed by Vivaldi Technologies, a company founded by Opera Software co-founder and former CEO Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner, the new browser doesn't aim for simplicity in pursuit of mass-market acceptance; instead, it's designed to appeal to hardcore web users. "We're introducing features and customizations that browsers today don't have. We're making it for you," said von Tetzchner in a blog post on the launch of Vivaldi 1.0.
The latest version of the intriguing Vivaldi browser just rolled out with an interesting addition meant to meld the Internet with your physical space. In a first for web browsers, Vivaldi 1.5 includes native Philips Hue smart lighting integration. Chrome and Firefox can also integrate with Philips Hue, but only through add-ons or extensions, not native integration. It's unlikely most mainstream browsers would add this feature, either. Chrome and Firefox are focused on simplified, customizable browsers for mass appeal, for example, while Vivaldi wants to win over power users.
Vivaldi's latest iteration of its eponymous web browser has added even more drag-and-drop flexibility, allowing you to rearrange tabs and icons (mostly) to your heart's content. The Chromium-based Vivaldi officially released version 2.4 of the browser on Wednesday, emphasizing the way in which users can adjust the visual and navigation elements. Vivaldi issued its first major release in 2016, when we praised it for its configurability. Since then, Vivaldi has gained a reputation for being friendly to power users that like to tweak things, though its market share remains tiny: just 0.11 percent, according to NetMarketShare. By comparison, Firefox has 9.72 percent as of February 2019, while Opera has 1.57 percent.
Power Play: Vivaldi Vivaldi is to power users what 500-pound squats are to power lifters. Only a few months old, the Vivaldi browser was created by a team that had previously worked on Opera (which we'll talk about next). Its hallmark is customizability; when you first open Vivaldi, you're met with a choice of six different layout options, followed by four tab bar positions, then eight background pictures for your Start page. And that's all before you start actually, you know, browsing.
Vivaldi's co-founder and CEO, Jon von Tetzchner, says the new Vivaldi browser has got off to a good start with millions of downloads and approaching a million regular users. "We are seeing a great retention rate," he says, "and we only need a few million users to break even, so that's good." Iceland-born von Tetzchner is on a short tour of Europe to meet members of the press and users. I caught up with him at his London hotel before he boarded a train for Paris. The browser market has become more interesting over the past year, with Vivaldi, Brave and Microsoft's Edge entering the market.