Vivaldi is the latest player to enter the competitive browser wars in the fight for global domination.
Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari and Microsoft Edge are the leading brands, followed by Opera.
Browsers are valuable money spinners for internet businesses as they generate advertising, sponsorship and search fees even though they are free to download and use.
Vivaldi is aimed at power users and has a host of special features aimed at working online easier for business browsers.
The company behind Vivaldi explain that they have stacked up features while other companies strive to do away with program bloat and resource hogging by stripping their browsers down to the bone.
So what do you get with Vivaldi?
The browser neatly stacks tabs if the tab bar gets crowded and for users with large screens, can tile pages from the stack so more than one can be viewed at the same time.
Vivaldi also lets users set favourite web sites as the opening pages for the next session, so if the browser closes, users can start where they left off.
The browser also moves an Evernote-like app in browser by opening a window that allows note taking and screen shots.
Navigating is taken on as well. To try to make moving around the browser easier, users can set keyboard commands or mouse gestures as short cuts and a control panel for even stricter commands.
Some old favourites
Vivaldi has some of the old Opera development team at the helm, so some features have moved from Opera into Vivaldi – hence the musical connection.
Speed dial is the most obvious – but there are plenty of others.
New users shouldn’t worry too much about losing extensions. Vivaldi is built to integrate Chrome’s add-ons and extensions.
Vivaldi also includes Vivaldi Mail and extensive customisation options to mould the browser into an app that works the way you do.
“We wanted to let power users take control of their browsers rather than work within the confines dictated to them by other browsers,” said Vivaldi chief executive Jon Von Tetzchner.
“The company has no investors or agenda and everything we do is aimed at making browsing easier for our users. We’re here to stay and no one else dictates how we should progress.”