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Vivaldi 5.6 now available with Mastodon integration

Mastodon panel in Vivaldi 5.6 (Source: Own)
Mastodon panel in Vivaldi 5.6 (Source: Own)
Vivaldi 5.6 arrived earlier today with the integration of Mastodon in the side panel, as well as its instance, namely Vivaldi Social. This update of Vivaldi Browser is only available on the desktop for now. is a new default search engine choice alongside the ability to pin tab groups and other improvements.

Less than a month ago, Vivaldi became the first web browser to have its Mastodon instance. Existing accounts can be used to access, but anyone can visit and join the instance using new credentials. Vivaldi Social uses the company's servers based in Iceland and is fully compliant with EU privacy regulations. Vivaldi 5.6 arrives today as the first browser to integrate Mastodon into the app, but this new release comes with a few other noticeable changes as well.

Vivaldi Social is now present in the side panel of the browser, but any number of new Mastodon instances can be added as web panels as well. Tab pinning is now taken to a whole new level thanks to the ability to pin tab groups/stacks, regardless of the stacking mode used (two rows, accordion, or compact). The Settings page has been reworked and now features colors and icons for every category. Default panel buttons can be edited now in the same manner as the navigation toolbar or status toolbar, so they can be mixed with web panels, extensions can be moved to the panel bar, and more.

In addition to all the changes above, Vivaldi 5.6 comes with a new private search engine, namely Next to it, the list of available search engines includes the following: Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo, Ecosia, StartPage, Wikipedia, Google, Neeva, and Qwant.

The full version number of the update is 5.6.2867.36. The updated Vivaldi Browser is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux. Vivaldi Browser for Android received a minor update on December 3 and is now at version 5.5.2807.43. 

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Codrut Nistor, 2022-12- 7 (Update: 2022-12- 7)