Vivaldi 2.0 now available for download with Sync, Resizable Tab Tiling, Floating Web Panels, and more
With the release of version 2.0, Opera 12's spiritual successor is finally a web browser for desktop users that has all the essentials it lacked until now — mainly the ability to sync passwords and settings — but it also comes with all the special features that made many power users love it since its introduction back in 2015. Now, the only big thing missing is a mobile version, but we hope to see that coming out in a year or two as well.
The Vivaldi 2.0 stable build was unleashed upon the world last week, but somehow I missed it until earlier today. The 64-bit version I am running right now on my Windows 10 PC is based on the same Blink rendering engine as Google Chrome and its full version number is 2.0.1309.29. Without further ado, here are its highlights:
- major interface changes, including advanced tab bar settings (vertical, at top or bottom, or no tab bar), Reader View and adjustable default zoom levels, adaptive Themes, customizable background images
- Vivaldi Sync for Bookmarks, Speed Dial, saved passwords/autofill, History, Notes, and extensions (each of these can be synced or not as desired, of course)
- improved tab management with Resizable Tab Tiling and a list-style view for the Tab Cycler
- improved web browsing with Floating Web Panels and Web Panel Suggestions
- multiple built-in tools, including Notes, Capture, and History
In addition to the Windows build, the Linux and macOS versions of this browser have been updated to 2.0 as well. Sadly, Windows XP/Vista users can only take an older 32-bit 1.0 variant for a spin. Obviously, the time has come for them to upgrade the hardware or at least install a Linux distribution that would allow them to run the latest Vivaldi release.
These being said, we hope to see this excellent browser hit the 10 million users milestone as soon as possible because Vivaldi 2.0 has all the ingredients needed for success. Mobile versions aside, do you think there is still something missing? Let us know in the comments.