Feature-rich Vivaldi rolls out, offering power users a choice

Speedy, but some way to go

24 Reg comments Got Tips?

Opera founder Jon von Tetzchner’s plan to recreate Opera reaches a major milestone today. The Vivaldi browser is out of beta after more than a year.

Wrapped around the Chromium engine, Vivaldi offers power users classic Opera browser features such as tab stacks and shortcuts, and even throws in an IMAP mail client (coming soon) – and notepad too. Which might sound familiar: Opera also had these features but abandoned many of them when it moved from its own Presto engine to Chromium three years ago.

Click to enlarge

Von Tetzchner, who left the company in 2011, wasn’t impressed, accusing the company he founded of “behaving more like an investment company”. He’s funded the development of Vivaldi himself.

Like the original Opera, it’s built for power users and for speed. Unlike Opera, however, it runs apps from the Chrome store.

Vivaldi runs on Linux as well as Mac and Windows, and Von Tetzner hinted to us last year that a mobile version might be coming, but that hasn’t been officially announced.

Based on final code, Vivaldi lives up to its billing as a speedy browser, with no shortage of options. It’s much more stable than before too. A few features haven’t been fully implemented: there’s no bookmark sync, for example; custom search engines can’t be given a one letter shortcut; and there’s no handy Ctrl-Tab tab list. The IMAP client is missing. But the development process is fairly transparent: you can see what’s new and what’s niggling users on the team blog.

Get the code via here.

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY TECH NEWSLETTER


Keep Reading

We've come to wish you an unhappy birthday: Microsoft to yank services from Internet Explorer, kill off Legacy Edge by 2021

You need to give that plate back to us after you've finished your cake. Yes the fork too. We'll get your coat

If you never thought you'd hear a Microsoftie tell you to stop using Internet Explorer, lap it up: 'I beg you, let it retire to great bitbucket in the sky'

We say take off and nuke the entire codebase from orbit. It's the only way to be sure

Did you know? Internet money lender Opera also offers a free web browser

Fintech biz's financials hit a high note... as in bank notes

China's internet watchdog freezes 10 too-trashy online video services before they undermine socialism

Scantily-clad presenters and vulgar language 'corrupt the social atmosphere' and 'endanger the healthy growth of young people'

Disabled by default: Microsoft ups the ante in its war against VBScript on Internet Explorer

Will the last IE 11 user please turn out the lights?

Nine words to ruin your Monday: Emergency Internet Explorer patch amid in-the-wild attacks

Update browser ASAP after Google gurus spot miscreants abusing bug to hijack PCs

China and Taiwan aren't great friends. Zoom sends chats through China. So Taiwan has banned Zoom

Government and local business told to buy local, but slum it with Google or Microsoft if you must

China to slice internet connection costs for locals as part of plan to rebound from recent unpleasantness

More 5G. More e-commerce. More IoT. But no growth target for the first time in ages

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2020