The 27th day of January holds a special place in our hearts as it marks Vivaldi Day, the day we unveiled the first technical preview of your favorite browser.
Reaching any milestone is a big deal worthy of confetti, streamers, cake, and more! But we want to celebrate the day with our community.
Over the years, we have grown together, constantly listening, learning, and acting upon your valuable feedback. Your input has guided our journey, and we truly appreciate the strong bond we have formed.
So we decided to do exactly what we love the most – interact with our users.
We hosted an engaging Reddit session where our CEO Jon von Tetzchner answered a wide range of questions. Here are just some of them.
Doctacosa: Hi Jon! The browsers world is pretty competitive and Vivaldi has the features to compete all right. Ultimately, where are the biggest friction points for the browser and the company itself? Visibility? Brand recognition? Working with Chromium? Something else entirely?
We are competing with some large companies that own the platforms we are working on. They control how easy or hard it is to find and install our browser and set it as default. The Digital Markets Act in Europe is taking on some of those issues and we hope it will make it easier for users to find us and install us. At the same time, we work on getting people to know we exist. We do not have the funding of Big Tech, so we rely on word of mouth. You can all help us there.
Working with Chromium is not trivial either. We spend a lot of time working on Chromium updates in particular. We need to merge our changes with any changes coming from Google.
Bigduckrickk: Any plans for a lite version of Vivaldi with a few main customizations but not all of them Any plans for further enhancing in-build adblocker?
The thing is that every time a user talks about a lite version of the browser and they list what features they want to include, they include a lot of powerful features. What is important for one user is not important for another. We try to adapt to those needs and during the process of installing Vivaldi, we ask some questions which lead to Vivaldi presenting itself as a lite browser or as a more powerful one. You can then change those settings later, should you change your mind.
We will continue to improve the ad blocker, like every other part of the browser.
Captaineer: Is there any feature in Vivaldi that is closest to your heart? Something that’s currently in or you wish was already in?
There are so many. I am a big fan of single-key keyboard shortcuts. I use them for history, mail, zoom, and the like. Fast and easy. I, obviously use the workspaces and tab stacks a lot. Sync, screenshots, etc.
I am also a big fan of the mail client and calendar and I use them a lot. Generally speaking, I always want us to continue to improve every part of the browser.
Love Vivaldi? Introduce it to people who love to browse
We love being in the browser game. Many of your friends and family might be using a different browser other than Vivaldi. Let’s mark Vivaldi Day by reaching out to at least one person and introducing them to Vivaldi. Every user counts!
Ask them to switch to the latest Vivaldi version on desktop or mobile for a day or two, so they have a chance to get familiar with it. Once they see how easily Vivaldi adapts to their needs, they’ll be sold.
So if you love Vivaldi, this is the perfect day to share that there is a better way to browse – #SwitchToVivaldi.
Please visit http://vivaldi.com and happy browsing!