New Web Browser Tops 2 Mln Downloads Before Public Release

Vivaldi launched its web browser to the public on Tuesday, and said it technical preview, launched earlier this year, had been downloaded more than 2 million times.

Vivaldi started last year to build a user-focused web browser and launched the first technical preview in January 2015.

“We’re on a mission to make a browser loved by the web’s most discerning users,” said Vivaldi’s CEO Jon von Tetzchner, who founded and built up Opera Software. "Just listen to the user, and give them what they want ... this is not really the norm in software today."

Norway's Opera is the world’s No 5 browser firm after household names Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Apple Safari.

Jon von Tetzchner. Photo: Vivaldi

Focus on power users means the Vivaldi browser can be modified in very many different ways.

"It adapts to you – not the other way around. Prefer your browser tabs placed at the bottom or on the side of the window? Check. Want your address bar in a different spot in the browser? Sure thing. Because we’re making it for you, we let you customize everything,” the company said.

Vivaldi has also in-built note taking tool for the quotes, or links you find when browsing. It has also improved tools to organise bookmarks and faster access to favourite sites through Speed Dial.