After a number of public alpha and beta releases, Vivaldi has now released its first stable version- Vivaldi v1.0 for users. It is now available to download from the company’s website for Windows, OS X, and Linux platforms.
The browser is developed by Opera co-founder and former CEO Jon von Tetzchner and was in public development for more than one year. The first Technical Preview was rolled out back in January 2015 and we saw the beta version of the browser in November 2015, which impressed us with its minimal yet feature rich design.
The company has been claiming that the browser is designed for power users and offers features like customisable keyboard shortcuts and an optional command line-like interface, support for mouse gestures, tab stacks, and plenty of other user friendly tweaks. The browser uses Google’s Blink engine and lets you use Chrome extensions, too. The core of the browser uses Chromium, ensuring pages render quickly and accurately. What seems missing from the picture is the ability to sync bookmarks, an inbuilt ad blocker, setting and extensions, which might be added at a later stage.
We have been using the browser as our only gateway to Internet for over a week and are quite impressed with the features and flexibility it offers. The browser focuses on user’s needs and tries to put everything of importance at one single screen. Moreover, the tons of customisation features available in this browser give you a sense of control over your Internet usage.
If you haven’t given it a try, now is probably a good time to use it as the browser is as stable as other majorly used browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, etc. It will surely give you a new experience to riff through the Internet.