Vivaldi Sounds Like A Plausible Alternative To Chrome, And Here Is Why
Opera’s former CEO Jon von Tetzchner launched the first preview of its new Chromium-based Vivaldi browser in January, and has already added a multitude of new features in its second technical features to gauge the interests of users. By the looks of it, Vivaldi is now gearing up to become a plausible alternative to Chrome, Firefox, Safari and IE, and especially for former Opera users.
Vivaldi proudly sees itself as a browser for power users, somewhat in the light of Opera’s original ambition which had decayed down the years. The first preview had introduced a number of pretty decent built-in features like tab stacking, note taking and Quick Commands (keyboard commands similar to Spotlight for the browser).
One of the most basic feature added in the second preview is the bookmarks bar which was missing in the first preview. Moreover, add-ons to the technical preview are on-demand image loading, which might be particularly useful if you’re stuck with a slow WiFi connection.
Another useful feature is Fast Forward and Rewind, through which Vivaldi will automatically figure out if there is a second page to an article or search results page, and then lets you go there without having to scroll down to the bottom of the site. This will work pretty well on sites like Google, Hacker News and TechCrunch, where second pages are obvious. Opera, also had offered a similar feature before switching to WebKit, and Chrome users can try this add-on to see how it works.
Another huge feature added to the preview is spatial navigation. Like Quick Commands, this feature has also been built for keyboard shortcut fanatics. However, it will also prove useful for any user who does not know how to use a mouse. To navigate between links, you can hold down Shift and then use the arrow keys.
Chrome has been climbing up the ladder in popularity, and has been aiming to attract more users by even introducing an ad-free version. However, Vivaldi might have a shot at becoming a strong rival, as it can even handle some existing Chrome extensions.
There are some reservations that building an email client might slow down the browser. Even though many might not need an email client, there are still a considerable number of Opera users who are calling for the feature in Vivaldi as well.
Vivaldi is worth a try now, and it is pretty obvious that it will improve to become even more interesting over the next few months.