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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We had an interview with the CEO of Vivaldi a while back, asking a few questions regarding this browser. Here is the full interview.
A. That list is very long and you will get different answers from different users. Here are a few:
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.
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 Vivaldi.net 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.
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.
A. We continue to grow at a nice pace and we are closing in on one million monthly users.
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.