vivaldi web browserShort Bytes: Vivaldi, a new web browser for power users, has finally hit the stable version 1.0. It’s created by the founder and ex-CEO of Opera with an aim to provide heavy customization options to the users. Read more to know about its features and download it for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.

When Vivaldi was announced about a year ago, it was called the complete replacement of web browsers like Chrome and Firefox that depend on extensions for doing things. This web browser from the founder and ex-CEO of Opera is basically for power users who are sick and tired of Google Chrome (here’s how to make Chrome faster).

The last major cross-platform web browser was launched long back in 2008 in the form of Google Chrome. With time, the browser market became stagnant and people got more dependable on apps. However, shaking up things a little bit, Vivaldi has finally launched version 1.o, and it’s available for all major platforms like Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.

Vivaldi is made for power users and based on open source Chromium project

While Chrome works with a focus on simplicity, speed, and security, Vivaldi is built to cater these need along with more customization options by giving more power to the users.

It’s based on the open source Chromium project and makes use of Blink rendering engine and V8 JavaScript engine. The user interface of the browser is written in JavaScript and it’s based on Node.js and React.

I’ve been testing Vivaldi from past few months, and I’m already impressed by the different ways it allows you to tweak your browsing experience. Just when you finish installing the browser, you are asked to set certain preferences of the position of tabs, shades and color of the taskbar and tabs, and the background wallpaper to deliver a more personalized experience.

While the browser makes use of Chrome extensions, you won’t be needing them at many instances as the browser has already a lot to offer.

Best and biggest features of Vivaldi 1.0 web browser:

Tab Stacks: If you are looking at your Vivaldi web browser and feeling like too many tabs are opened, simply drop tabs on the top of each other and make a stack. When you are making a switch between the tabs, there are more customization options.

Tab Stack Tiling: This feature is useful while working on a big screen. With multiple tab stacking, you can see multiple pages at the same time — just like multiple desktops.

Sessions: The better browser management in Vivaldi allows you to set your personalized set of tabs as a session for restoring it again in future.

Notes: Right in the web browser, Vivaldi allows you to take notes and screenshots.

Quick commands: Using an easy-to-use command interface, you can take a look at history, bookmarks, settings, open tabs and more.

Mouse gestures and keyboard shortcuts: Vivaldi supports mouse gestures to let you use the web browser the way you like. The same functionality is also provided by keyboard shortcuts.

Speed Dial and Bookmarks: You can access your speed dials and bookmarks from any blank tab.

Web Panels: You can visit websites in the sidebar of your Vivaldi browser to browser Facebook posts or chat, tweets — everything alongside the primary browsing.

You can know about more features here — Vivaldi 1.0 features.

Download Vivaldi for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X

As mentioned earlier, Vivaldi web browser runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. You can visit Vivaldi download pages and choose the specific version.

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