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Vivaldi Browser

License: Freeware
Developed by: Vivaldi Technologies

Vivaldi is a new browser with unrivaled customization and control.

Vivaldi is a freeware, cross-platform web browser developed by Vivaldi Technologies, a company founded by Opera Software co-founder and former CEO Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner and Tatsuki Tomita. It was officially launched on April 6, 2016.

Although intended for general users, it is first and foremost targeted towards technically-inclined users as well as former Opera users disgruntled by its transition from the Presto layout engine to a Chromium-based browser that resulted in the loss of many of its iconic features. Despite also being Chromium-based, Vivaldi aims to revive the features of the Presto-based Opera with its own proprietary modifications.

Features of Vivaldi:

User interface

Vivaldi has a minimalistic user interface with basic icons and fonts, and a color scheme that changes based on the background and design of the web page being visited. The browser also allows users to customize the appearance of UI elements such as background color, overall theme, address bar and tab positioning, and start pages. According to CEO Jon von Tetzchner, Vivaldi's vast, unique customizability is a huge part of how the browser caters to experienced users.

Extensions

As a Chromium-based browser, Vivaldi can use many browser extensions developed for Google Chrome, and users can install them directly from the Chrome Web Store. Most of these should work properly in Vivaldi, with the exception of user interface customizations, because Vivaldi's interface is quite different from Chrome's.

Future additions

The company hopes to integrate the email client "M3" into a future version of Vivaldi. The developers are planning to release their own extension platform for Vivaldi.

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