About ten months ago a team led by the former CEO of Opera Software launched a technical preview of a new web browser called Vivaldi. It has some of the key features that helped make Opera stand out, including the Speed Dial shortcuts for favorite websites. But Vivaldi is aimed squarely at power users: it supports gestures, keyboard shortcuts, and a bunch of customization options.
New features include support for extensions, geolocation, private browsing, and HTML5 H.264 video playback. Sure, those are features that have been available in other browsers for ages, but now that they’re baked into Vivaldi, this beta browser is starting to feel a little more like it could actually compete with Opera, Chrome, Firefox, or Edge.
Earlier preview builds had also added some features that weren’t included in the initial launch, including support for automatic updating of the browser, support for high-resolution displays, a task manager, and on-demand image loading.
Vivaldi offers a bunch of options that let you make the browser look and behave the way you want: you can adjust the color of the user interface, customize your start page, position browser tabs on any side of the browser window (or hide them altogether), create custom keyboard shortcuts, and use Page Actions to change the behavior of websites with filters or tools.
According to TechCrunch, Vivaldi is also thinking about building a mobile version of the web browser, but that probably won’t happen until Vivaldi 1.0 for desktops is released.