Vivaldi browser gets its first beta version after 10 months of snapshots and technical previews
Vivaldi browser, the brainchild of the co-founder of Opera, Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner, has just its first beta version.
This doesn’t come as a surprise, as the developers released a “Beta Candidate” of the browser, a week ago.
The beta version was an end result of 50 snapshots and 4 Technical previews, the first of which was released in January 2015. In those 10 months of testing, the browser managed to gatrner over 2 million downloads.
Vivaldi recently added several new options, including support for MP3 Audio and HTML5 Video formats. In the latest pre-beta version, the browser gained support for typed history lists, private windows, and improvements to the tabs.
You would think that since the browser is based on Google’s Chromium open source project, the highlight of the browser would be support for extensions. Yes indeed, Vivaldi does support Chrome extensions, but it offers a ton of features, that aren’t even present in Google’s browser.
For starters, the browser has a neat sidebar panel with links to various useful shortcuts like Bookmarks, Downloads, Notes and Web Panels. The latter allows you to pick from any web service you want, to bring you the latest news and updates at hand. For e.g: You can add a web panel for ESPN.com, to get the latest sports news, or Weather.com for getting info about the weather in your location.
Notes, as the name suggests, is a built-in note taking tool, which lets you take, well “notes”, (what else?).
The one non-working panel in the side-bar, is also the one feature, that all Vivaldi users are waiting for, Mail. Similar to Opera, Vivaldi too will come with a browser-based email client. It is not clear as to when the feature will be added, but it it’s expected to arrive sometime next year.
Vivaldi also comes with a built-in speed dial feature, for visual bookmarks to your favorite websites. The interface of the browser is highly customizable, and you can even move the address bar to the bottom of the screen, and the tabs bar to any of the four sides of the browser. There are several mouse gestures and keyboard shortcuts, which allows for an enhanced browsing experience.
Download Vivaldi Beta from the official website. The latest version is Beta.1.0.303.52. Vivaldi seems to have changed the way to download the browser, and it now downloads the 32-bit version by default. If you want the 64-bit experimental version, download it from the page I linked above.