Vivaldi today released version 6.1 of their awesome browser. The big news this time are several improvements to the new Workspaces feature, and a setting that allows Vivaldi to masquerade as another browser for sites that stupidly block browsers based on Client Hints. And as always – a *lot* of small improvements and bug fixes in the change log.

The new Vivaldi on desktop masquerades as competitors to benefit its users and gives access to Bing Chat. Adds more functionality to Workspaces & Tabs.

Vivaldi bypasses restrictions to access Bing Chat. Improves Workspaces.

Another change is Vivaldi is pretending to be Chrome for bad GPU drivers that apply performance tweaks based on executable name, something initially discovered by the Yandex browser developers.

It’s a sad state of things when browsers have to pretend to be something else just for basic functionality to work, and this happened a lot for the Opera browser as well back in the day. It’s history repeating itself once again, and this kind of abuse of web specification by web sites and driver developers will lead to a browser monoculture where the big browsers owned by mega-corporations who collect your personal data will be the only viable option for users who just want a good web browser experience.

Source: Vivaldi browser bypasses restrictions to access Bing Chat.

A new major version 5.0 of my favourite browser Vivaldi is out today, with new features like shareable themes – here’s one I made –  a translate panel (neat for quickly translating text), and as always a ton of improvements and bug fixes.

Kick customization up a notch in the latest version of Vivaldi for desktop and notebooks. Build browser themes with a brand new editor, share them with the world and install themes from the community in a click. On the productivity front, a new Translate Panel allows instant translations of highlighted text.

Vivaldi 5.0 - Shine Bright
Source: Vivaldi Browser 5.0: Launches shareable Themes & Translate Panel

Opera Software today released version 8.50 of their great browser, and with this release they’ve the removed ad-banners and licensing fee, effectively making Opera a free browser! That’s free as in free beer, not as in free speech by the way… Still, for those who have wanted to use Opera full time but have been put off by the ads there’s now no excuse! Go ahead and download it!

Opera - feel free

Opera – Feel Free

Apparently they are doing this to increase their user base over time, and while they will lose quite a bit of revenue from doing this, they hope to gain it back in the long run from increased use and building of their brand. I’m not too sure how clever this is economically though, since my opinion is that that Opera will remain a browser for the more technically adept, while casual computer users are often put off just by the sheer amount of options and the small number of complex sites who don’t work.

But – I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Opera in the future and that the number of people using opera will grow with this bold move.

Opera Software are celebrating their 10th anniversary today… and they’re having a big party where they also are giving away free licenses for their browser as long as the party lasts! While you’re there you can have a look at the milestones page for a rundown of company history, and also see how the browsers look has changed over the years.

MultiTorg Opera (v1.0)

MultiTorg Opera (v1.0)

I’ve used the Opera browser since version 5, which came out in 2000, and been a registered user since 2001. In my opinion Opera surpasses every other browser I’ve tried in terms of speed, usability and customization options, and now there’s no way I’m using anything else for browsing the internet.

Happy Birthday Opera – and all the very best wishes for the next ten years 🙂

Jon swimming to the USA

Jon swimming to the USA

Last week, in a bold (and quite foolhardy if you ask me) statement, Opera CEO Jon S. von Tetzchner declared that if the download numbers of the new Opera 8 Web browser reach 1 million within the first four days of the launch, he will swim from Norway to the USA with only one stop-over for a cup of hot chocolate at his mother’s house in his home country, Iceland.

Today it was revealed that the one million downloads goal was indeed reached, so at the moment I guess Mr. Tetzchner is preparing for the cold swim across the Atlantic. Keep abreast of the latest news at Opera’s 1 Million Download Challenge page. Will he actually take the (literal) plunge?

Opera Software today released the Opera web browser version 8.0. I’ve been waiting for this for quite some time, since the first beta version was announced in late 2004.

Opera 8 released!

Opera 8 released!

Major improvements include:

  • Voice support using XHTML+Voice. I’m probably not going to use this feature much myself, but I’m sure there are many people who would love to play with it.
  • Support for the XmlHttpRequest object, which means that Google’s Gmail service is now (almost) fully supported. This feature has been quite important to me, and now I’m finally able to use Opera for GMail.
  • Improved standards support, including support for Scalable Vector Graphics, which is pretty cool.
  • New and improved security measures, with a special “security bar” to better detect spoofing attacks.

Full list of improvements are available in the changelog as usual.

Since I actually bought a license for Opera (7.2) in September ’03, I can use it to register the new version as well which is great news to me. And it sure seems that demand for the new version is high, since the Opera website has been down for most of the day because of all the traffic…

Opera Software today released the latest version of their excellent web browser, Opera 7.50. I’ve used Opera as my primary browser for several years, and completely love it. It works for almost all sites I visit, it has an indispensable pop-up blocker, easy tabbed browsing, cookie manager, and tons of other technical advantages over other browsers.

The security of Opera is also excellent, especially compared to that huge security hole, Internet Explorer. The latest version is a major leap forward in usability and features, with an improved user interface, an RSS reader, IRC chat client, and lots of other improvements – have a look at the Change Log for the full list.

Download it today – I promise it will change your experience browsing the web, for ever!

Opera Software today announced the first public beta of the new Opera version 7. It comes with a new email/news-client, support for the W3C DOM, as well as a brand new look and many other features. You can download it here (only for Windows at the moment).

They announced that they were working on this new version several months ago, so the wait has been long, but it looks like it’s been worth it. The final release, as well as versions for other OSs will probably be ready some time closer to christmas. In the meantime I’m really gonna enjoy testing it!