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Vivaldi is a browser designed for power users

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Vivaldi (Image credit: Windows Central)

After more than a year of beta testing, the Vivaldi browser — made by Opera co-founder and former CEO Jon von Tetzchner — is now hitting version 1.0. The browser is designed for power users, offering a ton of features and customization options out of the box.

Here's a quick rundown of what you get with Vivaldi:

  • Tab Stacks: Feel like you have too many tabs open? Vivaldi solves that with tab stacks. Drop tabs on top of each other to create a stack. It's the fastest way to reduce clutter and keep organized.
  • Tab Stack Tiling: Have a big screen? Tile that tab stack and see multiple pages at the same time! With multiple tab stacks, it is like having multiple desktops!
  • Sessions: Take browser management to the next level. Save your favorite set of tabs as a session for later retrieval.
  • Notes: The perfect tool for researchers. Mark that quote and save it as a note. Vivaldi can remember which site you were browsing at the time, and allow you to take screenshots as well.
  • Quick commands: Access open tabs, bookmarks, history, settings and more through a command interface.
  • Mouse gestures and keyboard shortcuts: If you really want to operate the browser at lightning speed. Mouse gestures turn a flick of the wrist into almost any action in the browser. Keyboard shortcuts do the same with simple key combinations.
  • Speed Dial: Your favorite sites and bookmarks easily accessible from any blank tab. Include Groups and Folders for even more Speed Dials!
  • Better bookmarks: Access your bookmarks from the bookmarks panel, bookmarks manager, bookmark bar and of course Speed Dial.
  • Web Panels: View websites in your Vivaldi sidebar. The perfect way to browse tweets, Facebook posts, or chat alongside your primary browsing window.
  • Personalized: Vivaldi adapts to you, not the other way around. We made Vivaldi the most customizable browser, all based on feedback from millions of users.

Extensive customization is one of Vivaldi's big draws, and you don't have to rely on a host of extensions to alter the layout and appearance of the browser. Then there are nifty additions like the amount of data used to render a site, which is shown in the address bar.

Vivaldi runs on Chromium (Blink rendering engine), which means that most Chrome extensions should work without any issues. What's missing in this release is touchscreen support, as well as mobile versions and bookmark syncing across devices. That's all slated to arrive in the coming months, as well as an integrated mail client.

Interested? Head to the link below to take a look at what Vivaldi has to offer.

Download Vivaldi browser

62 Comments
  • Is this the browser that has an AdBlocker inbuilt, and replaces the ads with their own sponsored ads?
  • No.
  • Guess you mean Opera. They make their most revenue with Opera Mediaworks and that's why its suspicious that they include an adblocker in their browser. Vivaldi was founded by Tetzchner, who has left Opera ASA in 2011 cause he didn't like how they have changed from a browser company to an advertising network which doesn't really care about their userbase the way they used to anymore.
  • I bet you haven't tried Opera 37, the first version with adblocker? (not counting the older version with TPL support)
    It works great, much faster than adblocking addons. It DOES NOT add their own ads. Well unless the ads are totally invisible.. :D Stop speculating and give us some facts or personal experience next time..
  • Of course I've tried it. The browser decides if adblocker can be enabled on a certain pages or not, the user has no chance to force it. There are no custom blocklists. They MIGHT come in the future, until then Opera decides which ads should be blocked.
    And of course Opera's main business is Mediaworks, not to mention that they sold themselves to China recently.
    They aren't that trustworthy company from Norway anymore.
  • That's y its better to use adblock by third party like adblock plus and u block origin and many more.
  • Technically it's actually better to use a Hosts file either on the router for network wide blocking, or the PC for local. I use a hosts file on the Router protecting all devices on my LAN and to save bandwidth. 
  • I use my hosts file but it does have its disadvantages over an adblock. Windows Central for Windows 10-Nokia Lumia 830
  • I was interested in this because I would really like to use Edge more, but some of the sites I looked at explaining how to do it looked fishy. If you have a good suggestion of a legit site with info and instructions I'd love your input.
  • This is the actual website. It looks janky and early 2000-ish but it's legit. http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm
  • I think you are thinking of the browser called Brave.
  • Aha, yes, that's the one. Thanks.
  • this browser KICKASS i actually just uninstall chrome. : ) does anyone know if Vivaldi can import favorites? its the only thing i couldn't fine. But i can tell you that this browser is awesome. Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • Yes, you can. Click on the red "V" at the top left: "V" > File > Import Bookmarks and Settings...
  • Thanks bro but i found it already on youtube
  • Hi Harish..is this available in INDIA..If so, I can't find it in windows 10 mobile store. Can you help it out for me??
  • As I mentioned in the article, the mobile version isn't available yet. You can download it for Windows 10 from here: https://vivaldi.com/?lang=en
  • Harish, thank you so much for this (and to the Vivaldi developers as well). Best new app I've seen in at least a year. Finally a browser not designed to the lowest common denominator. There are still a few tweaks I would like to see. But between IE's increasing struggle to remain current, and Edge's unfinished nature and lack of features, this may well become my preferred browser and therefore, most-used application on my PC.
  • If there are tweaks you would like to see in Vivaldi, feel free to suggest them on their blog at http://Vivaldi.net
    That's what makes them unique, they try to implement things for the individual needs as much as possible ;)
  • This isn't a windows store app, its a win32.
  • :( UWP thing not working i think. But Windows 10 PC Market growing that good Posted on Lumia 930 with
    Windows 10 Mobile
  • UWP won't allow Vivaldi to use Blink as rendering engine and has various other API limitations.  
  • That's not true. You can make custom rendering engines in a UWA.
  • Do you have any source for that? Or even an example of a browser released or being developed as UWP which uses its own engine and not IE / Edge's engine? Would be great if that was true, cause that would mean we can get some true alternate browser for Windows 10 Mobile as well ;)   Edit: So far I've only found refferences for Webview / EdgeHTML which can be used in UWP apps. Nothing about alternate engines.
  • I'd like to know the answer to all of this too, subscribing...
  • I would like to know this claim too. Since as far as I know UWP doesn't allow you to do this yet, or at least easily maybe. If he means the implementation done by Firerfox and Chrome Metro apps during the Windows 8 days, those aren't really from Windows Store and they're actually hybrid Win32 and Metro apps. You still have to download the regular desktop browser and use the optional Metro app experience. That's only the thing manage to bring their own engine to the Metro apps. Microsoft really needs to at least allow and make easier for developers (that includes Mozilla and Google) to make Universal apps version of their browser yet they can use their engine within the Universal app sandbox. If this happens, it can be also a good press to Microsoft and might even improve the relationship between Google and Microsoft. Also it can flux the different 3rd-party web browsers so users can have alot of choices.
  • One app not being a UWP broke your spirit? via Windows Central app for Windows 10
  • I recall reading that while developers are able to make UWP browsers, they'd essentially be creating their own skinned version of Edge --- now who'd going to bother making an UWP browser if you have to do it that way?
  • Isn't Vivaldi a skinned version of Chromium? Posted from Bikini Bottom via my ShellPhone 950 XL
  • So are they definitely planning to release a mobile variant of this for us?
  • They mentioned mobile in the roadmap.
  • Being able to get some of the chrome extensions on windows 10 mobile would be good.
  • Yes they do, but later, currently they are focused on the desktop version.
  • It won't be for W10M
  • Like most mobile apps.  
  • Been using this for the past few months in beta, it's pretty sweet all up. I just go back to IE for some admin stuff on Intune otherwise it works quite well (and unlike Edge actually launches Office docs correctly out of Office 365).
  • If it's for power users, then why is it so simple and easy to use? ^_^ :D
  • I've been using this browser since the first beta but I recently went back to edge now that it's starting to get extensions. Edge is smooth and power efficient and those my priorities
  • If you care about battery life, don't bother with Vivaldi. It's as power-hungry as Chrome.
  • Which part of "a browser made for power users" you didn't understand? Power? Posted from WC for W10 running on my 930.
  • Lol.
  • Ditto
  • It might be worth a go. I've tried Opera numerous times but it was the only browser to consistently crash (once a week) and trash all of my open tabs. I was able to recover them each time, but it was too much of a pain to persist with. Firefox is good but chews too much memory when you have a lot of tabs open. IE is completely retarded with it's tab recovery. I haven't tried Edge on desktop, so I can't comment (it's nice on mobile). So Chrome is the only one left that's been reliable and stable. I don't wear a tinfoil hat, so it's a great browser all round. It will be nice to try a different one, so hopefully it's up to the task.
  • Been playing with it for the last hour. Really impressed with the speed and additional features. Wish there was a way to sync bookmarks/devices. Mobile app coming?
  • NEW browser with more features (good bookmarks) than Edge? "Edge is new, it needs time" -> "other browsers don't need so much time"
  • You realize that programmers don't just pop a browser out the same day they conceive it right? MS released Edge a while ago and decided to add features as they went and the people who made Vivaldi waited longer in order to have more features when it came out. They just went two different development routes for how they wanted to release their browser.
  • while i could agree with you on other microsoft things, i cannot agree on edge. vivaldi used chromium engine, while edge was rebuilt. even if not completely from scratch, but still. building an engine takes time from the team. time which could have been spent otherwise on sole features. also, keep in mind that beibng a team in a big corporation, slows you down. you have to align your developement with other teams, and plan with them together. even more so in the case of edge team, when you take that microsoft wants to push some strenghts of windows, and edge must corespond with them. like pen support for example. that took time which could havbe been spent on extensions. cortana integration again. imagine how much they spent on engine too, given that that engine is used in apps too, for rendering like facebook login page and such. so yea, 3-rd party apps looking straight at a targe will always be faster. but otherwise speaking, edge is moving...ok. not fast but not slow either. maybe only extensions could have come faster, but again, my guess is that was slowed too by things like implementing them in store and developing extension framework for all UWP apps(build announcement).
  • Your website is eating up 30% of my dual core broadwell i5 stupid *****. .Anyways....getting to my comment: Yay! A Chrome replacer!?
  • Maybe I should go get a computer with an i7. So I can leave a comments on this website that seems like a website I'd visit often. 
  • Win32....No UWP no buy for me :) I want the same browser for PC, phone and possibly hololens.
  • No buy? But it is free... :P
  • ;)
  • Been using opera since it's very early days, switched to Vivaldi during the first beta, not looking back. Opera gone down the wrong path.
  • I hope that somebody makes a browser that support hand gestures for navigating on a website, scrolling, zooming and playing or pausing a YouTube video.
  • I've been using Vivaldi for quite a while now, definitely worth a download.
  • So Power User that you can't drag a tab out of the window to create a new window. A thing that all other Desktop browsers have.
  • You have to right-click > Move to > New Window It's not as quick, but it makes sorting open tabs easier, as they don't constantly get torn off by mistake.
  • Been using Vivaldi a year now, can't wait until the mobile version!
  • Pushing the non standards and Google's agenda with blink. *sigh*
  • Trying it out.  Pretty neat so far.
  • I'll wait until they add more options to speed dial. At least more and scalable columns.
  • Not good as Opera yet.