Opera was originally intended to be a web browser for power users but has since become watered down and abandoned many of the things that separated it from the likes of Chrome and Firefox. Now the man behind Opera is back and he wants to do things right this time with a new web browser called Vivaldi. This new browser is, once again, geared towards power users and, while still in its technical preview, certainly shows a lot of promise.
In the beginning, there was Netscape. Then came Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and the love-it-or-hate-it Chrome. Now, there’s a new competitor in the war to capture your online attention, a stripped-back browser built from the ashes of Opera and designed for power users. Opera enthusiasts will tell you that the browser hasn’t been the same since it abandoned its Presto rendering engine a few years ago. Vivaldi is a brand-new browser designed to bring back the power-user features of Opera: tab stacks, an abundance of keyboard shortcuts, and in-page notetaking, to name a few. The browser is currently in Technical Preview release, meaning it’s still a little buggy, and a few features (like the sidebar email client) just plain aren’t working at the moment. But having played around with everything that is functional, Vivaldi seems like a slick, powerful internet-browsing machine.