A team led by former Opera Software founder Jon von Tetzchner has launched a new browser that's designed for the "Web's most demanding users." Vivaldi 1.0, which has been in development for more than a year, comes with a number of features aimed at improving the productivity and efficiency of online browsing.
For example, for users who often find themselves with large numbers of open tabs, Vivaldi offers an alternative approach: tab stacks. Stacks can also be tiled to enable users to view multiple pages at once across a screen.
Rather than developing a simple browser that appeals to a wide range of users, the Vivaldi teams set out to create a tool with more features and customization options that users with unique needs can personalize, von Tetzchner, CEO of Vivaldi Technologies, wrote today in a blog post on the company's Web site. "Vivaldi should adapt to you," he said. "It shouldn't feel like a browser for everyone."
Support for Saving Sessions, Notes
Over the course of Vivaldi's public development, the company's team took into account feedback from "millions of users," according to today's announcement. The mission was to "make Web browsers powerful again," von Tetzchner said.
In addition to the tab stacks and tab stack tiling features, Vivaldi lets users save favorite sets of tabs as sessions if they want to return to particular groups of Web sites later. For online researchers, there's also the ability to mark quotes and save them as notes that Vivaldi can use later to "remember" which sites those quotes were taken from.
Direction Not Set by 'Investor Agendas'
Von Tetzchner described Vivaldi 1.0 as both "a throwback and a look ahead." In an apparent reference to his past with Opera Software, he said, "We have no investors and their agendas to dictate our progress. There's no exit strategy and we're here to stay."
Founded by von Tetzchner and the late Geir Ivarsøy in 1995, Opera Software went public in 2004. Von Tetzchner resigned as the company's CEO in 2010. He departed from his role as a strategic advisor one year later, commenting in an e-mail to employees that he believed the board and management were more "quarterly focused" than he was.
"I think we could've taken the desktop browser business to a whole new level, and create a product that does not exist on the market," von Tetzchner told Ivan Minic in an interview posted on Medium last year. He added that Vivaldi Technologies, which he established in 2014 with COO Tatsuki Tomita, aimed to come up with "new ways to improve existing and well-established processes in using the everyday browser."
Image Credit: Screenshot of browser via Vivaldi.