Web browsers have long been dominated by two or three companies: Firefox, Internet Explorer and Chrome. Having so few companies in control means that creativity and innovation surrounding the development of web browsers has been limited. Their functions and features, therefore, have remained largely the same across the board.
How our web browsers look and function have always been decided for us and until now we’ve had little creative freedom ourselves.
Von Tetzchner decided that there needed to be a browser server that serves its users and contributors, one that’s fast, flexible and rich in functionality.
“Millions of people have already agreed that they want a better browser, one that puts them in control.” Von Tetzchner said
Vivaldi gives you the tools to alter the format of your browser to suit you, your style and your habits.
Want to have your tabs at the bottom? Or maybe at the side, with a little thumbnail of the website to jog your memory? Vivaldi lets you choose the format and location of things like tabs, address bars and bookmarks.
If you’re one of those people who has a million tabs open at once and you end up forgetting which one is for what, Vivaldi’s Tab Stacking and Tab Tiling features will make life much less confusing. With Tab Stacking, you can group multiple tabs into one by dragging one tab over another. Or with Tab Tiling, you can display multiple tabs side by side or in a grid layout – you can switch between these tiled tab stacks in just one click, making the process faster and less frustrating.
Other cool features that trumps other browsers include note-taking – you can write notes while you browse and link them to specific addresses, and quick commands which lets you search through bookmarks, history, settings and more from a command line interface. You can even pick the color scheme of your browser. Its latest version, Vivaldi 1.4 offers ‘theme scheduling’ meaning you can schedule different themes to match your changing moods throughout the day.
Vivaldi Technologies is an employee-owned company whose principal aim is to serve its users and give them the power to arrange their browser how they like, after all – like it or not – we spend a big part of our life operating web browsers.