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Vivaldi 2.2.1388.34 (64-bit)

A new browser for power users from the co-founder of Opera

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 8
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Windows 7 or later, OS X 10.9 or later

Languages: English, Czech, French, German, Icelandic, Japanese, Norwegian, Russian, Swedish, Turkish
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 13 December 2018
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Downloads To Date: 5826
Developer: Vivaldi
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Vivaldi 2.1 (64-bit)
A new browser from the co-founder of Opera

Vivaldi is a new browser from a team lead by Jon S. von Tetzchner, the co-founder of Opera.

It's Chromium-based, which ensures decent speeds, even for a Technical Preview. The user interface is built with JavaScript and React ("with the help of Node.js, Browserify and a long list of NPM modules", apparently).

The end result is streamlined and straightforward to use. Browser tabs at the top of the page, address and search bar below, a menu button top-left points to a few useful options (File > Import Data can import your bookmarks, passwords, history, and search engines from IE, Opera and Firefox).

A tabbed panel on the left gives access to various extras. A Notes section allows you to take text notes and screen shots, and add tags to any site. There are Downloads, Bookmarks and Contacts panels, too, as well as one for "Vivaldi Mail" (although a message explains this "is not ready") and a web panel option, which lets you pin frequently accessed web sites, feeds and other resources for easy access alongside the main browser window.

The Speed Dials page doesn't just display static thumbnails of your favourite sites. You can organise them by interest, context, add folders, and more.

Open too many sites and Vivaldi offers a new way to restore order. Dragging one tab over another creates a Tab Stack, where a single tab represents multiple sites. This works much like a group of buttons on the Windows taskbar: hover your mouse over the tab, thumbnails appear for each of the sites it represents, and you simply click the one you need.

There's also very good keyboard support via "Quick Commands". Press Ctrl+Q at any point and a menu appears listing all your open tabs and most important commands. Select whatever you want directly from the list, or press the listed hotkey (Ctrl+H for Notes).

This is the first stable release of Vivaldi.

What's new in v2.2 (see changelog for full list)?

- [New] Add a “Save selected tabs as a session” feature (VB-27448)
- [New] Add numbered accelerators to elements in main Window menu (VB-45894)
- [New] Closed tabs now can be reached by Quick Commands and a keyboard shortcut (VB-43189)
- [New] Configurable Address toolbar (VB-45486)
- [New] Configurable Status toolbar (VB-46258)
- [New] Mute all other tabs via the tab context menu (VB-11239)
- [New] Search box on Speed Dial (VB-23505)
- [New] Show webpage access key shortcuts (VB-44852)
- [New] Enable Pop Out Video (Picture-in-Picture)
- [New] Middle clicking in Back/Forward history drop-down should open the page in new tab (VB-9086)
- [New] [Linux] Automatically fetch Widevine (EME) to enable Netflix, Prime Video, etc. (VB-25847)

Verdict:

Vivaldi's customisability and flexibility is joined by genuinely innovative features such as tab stacks and web panels to make it a genuine alternative browser for the power user.

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You can use it to send and receive text and voice messages, photos, videos, even call your friends in other countries, and because it uses your phone's internet connection it might not cost you anything at all (depending on whether you'll pay data charges).

It's easy to set up and use. There's no need to create and remember new account names or pins because it works with your phone number, and uses your regular address book to find and connect you with friends who use WhatsApp already.

You can talk one-to-one or in group chats, and because you're always logged in there's no way to miss messages. Even if your phone is turned off, WhatsApp will save your messages and display them as soon as you're back online.

There's plenty more (location sharing, contact exchange, message broadcasting) and the app is free for a year, currently $0.99/ year afterwards.

What's New in Version 2.18.110 

• It’s now easier to start group voice and video calls. Just tap the call button in groups or select "New group call" when starting a new call in the calls tab. Group calls support up to 4 participants.

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