Interview with Vivaldi's CEO Jon von Tetzchner -- How Emerging Web Browser Vivaldi Is Quickly Becoming Favourite Browsers for Many Users

Summary: Vivaldi is a new emerging browser that slowly gains its popularity due to the unique features that it offers to the users. The features like tab stacking, tab grouping, different tab placement, and various ways to bookmark your visited web pages offer a different browsing experience for the users, as well as gives them more comfort in browsing the web. It is expected that this browser can slowly gain a good market share in the future.


We have a very active community, which helps us a lot. The community provides a lot of support as well. Here we post weekly builds and get feedback on our direction and on any issues that our users see.

With the new History feature, you not only get a list of the sites you have visited, but we introduce time as another dimension and we provide statistics. Thus you can easily see how  you spend your time online. -- Vivaldi's CEO Jon von Tetzchner

When we talk about web browsers, there are only a few browsers that most people are using nowadays. These browsers are Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera, and Safari. Other than these mainstream browsers, we can hardly find more browsers that are worth to mention. This is not without any reason. While there are many browsers that are trying to gain the market share of current web browsers, the mainstream browsers are still having their place in the hearts of today’s internet users. So, any new browser that is trying to compete with these mainstream browsers usually can’t attract enough attention from the audience.

However, it’s not so with Vivaldi. This new browser is there to challenge the mainstream browsers with its unique features. In fact, the steady growth of this browser is amazing, since it shows that people begin to take notice about the existence as well as the capabilities of this browser. It is an emerging browser with its own uniqueness, trying to pique the interests of the audience. Why? Apparently, because this browser does various things differently than the “regular” browsers.

Vivaldi Offers Features That Stand Out From The Other Browsers

The biggest unique selling point of Vivaldi, as a new emerging browser, is the features that it offers. It is full of unique features that are not available in today’s browsers, and these features help the users to browse the web more comfortably. For instance, while this browser has tabs just like the other browsers, the way it allows you to handle the tabs is very unique. With this browser, you are allowed to place the tabs at the top, bottom, or even the sides of your browser. Also, you can stack your tabs and group your tabs according to various categories. Another example is the bookmark system. With Vivaldi, you can create bookmarks according to your preferences, with speed dials, bookmark manager, bookmark bar, and bookmark panel.

It’s A Community-Supported Browser

Vivaldi is built by the community for the community. The tagline “A Web Browser For Our Friends” tells it all about the purpose of this browser. There is a community of Vivaldi developers that help to build the browser from the ground up. And then, as time goes by, the browser is getting updated with more and more features. The community is the one that gets to try the new features first, before applying the update to the general users. The community of Vivaldi developers work together in various aspects of the browser.

The New History Feature Gives A Good Insight About Your Browsing Activity

One feature that stands out in this browser is the New History feature. This is unlike the regular history feature available in most browsers out there. In the regular history feature, you can see the sites that you have visited in the past. With the New History feature from Vivaldi, you can do much more than checking which sites that you have visited yesterday or a week ago. It gives you the full insights of your past browsing activities, with statistics provided to give you the big picture of what you are doing on the net using this browser.

Vivaldi Is Growing Steadily

With all the features offered by this new browser, the good news is that more and more people are getting attracted toward this browser. The user base of this browser is growing steadily, with about one million monthly users that use this browser in their web surfing activity as of today. With this steady growth, there is a hope for Vivaldi to gain a good market share in the web browser market in the future.

Interview With  Jon von Tetzchner - The CEO Of Vivaldi

We had an interview with the CEO of Vivaldi a while back, asking a few questions regarding this browser. Here is the full interview.

1. What are some features sets Vivaldi apart from other Browsers?

A. That list is very long and you will get different answers from different users. Here are a few:

  1. Tab handling is massively more advanced in Vivaldi than in other browsers. We know that users often have many tabs open and organizing them is important. To start with, we start the browser by default where you left off. You can also undelete closed tabs and windows. You can then choose to have your tabs at the top, as is common, or at the bottom, left or right side or even hidden. You can stack tabs, which is great to help you organize your tabs when there get to be too many. You can even tile those stacks, meaning you can view multiple tabs at the same time. Using multiple tiled stacks is like having multiple desktops.
  2. Bookmarks in Vivaldi are also a lot more advanced. We use snapshots of pages to help find your way. We have these speed dials and speed dial groups, we have a bookmarks manager, a bookmarks panel and the bookmarks bar. You can access your bookmarks in a lot of different ways. We find that there is not one perfect way. We all have different ways of working with our bookmarks.
  3. Vivaldi offers a lot of ways to tailor the look of the browser. We change the color of the browser when browsing, by default, when visiting sites, but you can also choose your own colors and the overall look of the browser.
  4. The Vivaldi notes feature is great for catching those quotes on the Internet. By marking a piece of text and adding it as a note, the text gets added, a link to it gets added and a screenshot as well.
  5. Recently we added another very popular feature, the capture function. This allows you to take a screenshot of the browser part of the browser or a full page, even with parts of the page being hidden at the time.
  6. Vivaldi provides many ways to interact with it. Traditional mouse use, mouse gestures, keyboard shortcuts and quick commands, a command line interface. You find your best way to interact with the browser. A few little tricks can make you look and feel like a real pro.
  7. Web panels are very popular as well. You can add your favorite pages as panels for easy access. Great for news feeds and the like, thesaurus and whatever else you might want to access frequently during your normal browsing.
  8. Vivaldi provides easy access to functions to change how you view a page. Page zooming and various page actions are easily available in the status bar, including the ability to turn off images. Great for those very slow networks.
  9. Fast forward and rewind are great functions for quicker browsing. Fast forward is a way to jump to the most natural next page. On a search site, for example, it is the next search result page. Pro tip : hold down the space bar while looking at search results; this moves down the page one page fill at a time and then onwards to the next search result. Very powerful. Rewind, on the other hand, is a great way to get back to where you started. Browse around a page. Want to get back to the first page? Rewind. Once you start using it, you cannot imagine being without it.
  10. Vivaldi has a lot of settings to make it truly yours. We spend a lot of time making those settings accessible to you.

This is some of what we have. With every function there is a lot of details. A lot of different ways to do things. Vivaldi is evolving so that it grows with your needs.

2. We know, Vivaldi is born to serve Community. How is the community helping in building Vivaldi?

A. We have a very active community, which helps us a lot:

We support more than 50 languages. A big part of the language support is provided by volunteers. We have volunteers, that get daily builds of Vivaldi. They provide us with feedback and bug reports and generally help us. One aspect of this is that new features are better vetted before we send them out to a broader audience as we get early feedback on things that need to be improved.

The community provides a lot of support as well. Here we post weekly builds and get feedback on our direction and on any issues that our users see.

There is a lot of communication with our user community in general.

3. How can users get Insight into their browsing activity and patterns though New History feature?

A. With the new History feature, you not only get a list of the sites you have visited, but we introduce time as another dimension and we provide statistics. Thus you can easily see how  you spend your time online.

We provide a day view, week view and a month view and these provide different views into your browsing history. All of this is done locally on your computer, giving you a wealth of information.

4. Vivaldi saw a decent growth in just a year. Can you share some numbers around the usage of the Browser?

A. We continue to grow at a nice pace and we are closing in on one million monthly users.

The Future Of Vivaldi

With the community working around the clock to support this browser, as well as providing various improvements to its features, we can hope this browser to be able to cater the needs of the users even more. Also, with the steady growth that it has, people might start to spread the words about this browser even more, as it offers more features than the regular browsers. If things go well, the future of Vivaldi should be bright enough to allow this browser to have its own place in the market. Who knows, it might become one of the mainstream browsers in the next few years.