While only today the news that Opera has been ‘acquired’ by a chinese consortium led by Golden Brick Silk Road for $600 million (543 million euros) [source] … I have realized that I’ve not spent any word on some browsers I use as alternatives to the main 3 ones: Safari, Firefox and Google Chrome.
Vivaldi is the first one.
Vivaldi is a freeware web browser developed by Vivaldi Technologies, a company founded by Opera Software co-founder and former CEO Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner and Tatsuki Tomita. The browser is aimed at staunch technologists, heavy Internet users, and previous Opera web browser users disgruntled by Opera’s transition from the Presto layout engine to the Blink layout engine, which removed many popular features in the process. Vivaldi aims to revive the old, popular features of Opera 12 and introduce new, more innovative ones. The browser is updated weekly, in the form of “Snapshots”, and has gained popularity since the launch of its first technical preview.
Personally I use the latest beta release (which you can find clearly linked over the Vivaldi Blog) for testing some features or trying out some website while building them. A friend of mine liked it so much he uses it as default since this January … personally I prefer to stick with the 3 main ones for default, and use those alternatives in all the other situations.
What about you?