[sc:software-category ]Anyone who has been reading this blog for a while will know that I was a big fan of Opera, right up until they moved to Chromium for their rendering engine. It wasn’t the choice of Chromium per say (though I do think they had a lot of benefits writing their own engine) but the complete change in direction of the browser.
Opera moved from being a great user experience to being just a clone of Chrome in a single version and the complete lack of features really ended my use of it.
Well it looks like the founder of Opera feels the same way and he’s created a new browser, Vivaldi, which looks like it will bring back the old Opera’s design philosophy.
It’s currently available as a technical preview and it certainly has its limits at this point but it’s already better than the current Opera releases. While it uses the Chromium engine as well, it looks to be a very tight team developing it and hopefully that will bring the kind of features more advanced users want in their browser.