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Vivaldi is a fairly new browser to the market, being developed and engineered by the guys who invented the Opera browser. We wrote up an overview on what Vivaldi was all about a good five months ago, but now version 1.0 of Vivaldi is out, and with plenty of new features, too.

If you weren’t able to catch that post, it’s worth a read and it’s definitely worth watching the video, largely because it’s neat to see how far Vivaldi has come since then. One thing’s for certain: Vivaldi is shaping up to be a really neat and powerful browser. In fact, it’s already better than Chrome and Firefox in some respects. In just a year’s time, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Vivaldi become one of the big options in the industry.

All of that said, we’re going to take you through all of the new features and additions that come in Vivaldi 1.0, and even give you a video overview at the end. So, is Vivaldi worth switching to now that version 1.0 is here? Find out more below!

Design

Version 1.0 didn’t bring with it a whole lot of design changes. Everything remains much of the same in that regard, still having that nice blend of blacks and reds throughout the browser. Of course,  you always have the option to go for the lighter theme in the Settings menu under “Appearance”.

Now, there is a Adaptive Interface Color feature, which has kind of always been there, but in a roundabout way. The user interface basically adapts to the color of any web page your viewing. It’s a small thing, but quite neat in how it makes things blend and look uniform.

Performance

Performance is one of the most noticeable differences in Vivaldi 1.0, in my opinion. When the browser was in its very early stages, there were definitely some notable performance issues, but version 1.0 seems to fly. Now, it does seem to slow down and stutter when you have a lot of tabs open. That might be a deal breaker for some, but it’s also something we see here and there in Firefox and Chrome still as well.

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One great change to see in Vivaldi 1.0 is the memory issues. Vivaldi early on had a ton of memory issues, often taking up hundreds of megabytes of space. After running some tests, it seems that the browser now maxes out at around 40MB, but that also has a lot to do with what you’re doing inside the browser. In my case, I have just been doing simple browsing, but even with that, the memory issue has significantly decreased.

Overall, it’s turned into a much better browser performance wise. Next, there are also some new features that are worth nothing.

Features

One of the major things Vivaldi looks at is how everyone is viewing the same old browser, but with differentiating brands. Chrome and Firefox are very much the same: you’re still looking at that same flat interface with the same tabs – just in a differently designed environment. That goes for almost any browser. Vivaldi is aiming to shake that up a bit so you truly have a unique experience. One of the ways they’re doing that is with tab management.

You can do a ton of different things with tabs now to keep them more organized. For instance, you can now drop one tab on another tab and save them as a stack. Alternatively, you can have Tab Sessions, which gives you the ability to save a set of open tabs and then open them whenever you feel like it.

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Another really neat feature is Tab Stack Tiling, which lets you view your stacked tabs in a grid-like or side-by-side style.

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There are some other minor features in Vivaldi, but that’s really the major one that has been added since we last took a look at the browser. We’re looking forward to seeing some other great features in future releases, that’s for sure!

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Closing

All in all, Vivaldi is coming along nicely, and I’m especially impressed with version 1.0. It has come a long way since we first looked at it a few months ago, and I’ve actually been using it as my primary browser for the past few days. So, is it time to make the switch to Vivaldi? Well, that’s really up to your preferences. Are you looking for something speedy, new, and exciting? Then you most certainly need to take Vivaldi for a spin!

But, maybe you’re going to miss all of the benefits that come with being locked into Google’s ecosystem with Chrome. Or, maybe you just prefer what’s worked for you all along. In that case, it’s definitely worth sticking with your own browser, something you’re familiar with. However, it’s still not a bad idea to download Vivaldi and take it for a spin on the side. Who knows, you may end up loving it!

What do you think of the Vivaldi browser?  Let us know in the comments below, or by starting a new discussion in the PCMech forums.