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Download of the day: Vivaldi

Web browsers are a dime a dozen with so many browser add-ons and extensions slowing down how long it takes to get you onto webpages, something that Vivaldi eliminates.

Why you need it

With security concerns and performance at the top of the agenda for most web users, downloading the likes Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox and their plethora of add-ons that place speed and battery life at a premium isn'y always the best plan.

Vivaldi aims to minimise the need for extensions that can increase security risks and slow down performance by providing a number of nifty sidebar widgets that allow you to keep your contacts, email and notes all in one place.

Making notes is one of the most revolutionary features that Vivaldi lays on as it allows you to make notes alongside the webpage you're reading and take a screenshot so that either can be copied into another program at a later stage.

Another unique feature of Vivaldi is the way that it allows you to organise tabs. Users can choose to position tabs in the natural position at the top, along either side or at the bottom to the page. Tabs can also be stacked on top of one another so that you can stay in one browser window and benefit from a situation where it won't matter how many tabs are open as they will be neatly organised.

Vivaldi is built on some of the newest web technologies around with a user interface created using JavaScript and React plus help from Node.js, Browserify and a range of other NPM modules to bring a browser that looks good and runs flawlessly.

Like its rivals in the browser space, Vivaldi is completely free and is only currently available as a technical preview with a range of features such as mail, cross-device syncing, spatial navigation and a small number of extensions coming soon.

Key features

Works on: PC, Mac, and Linux

Versions: Free technical preview

Tab stacks: Vivaldi's best feature is that it allows you to stack tabs on top of one another to tidy up all those open tabs and place them into easy-to-manage groups according to certain subjects.

Notes: Take notes and screenshots on any webpage without having to leave Vivaldi itself before copying and pasting them elsewhere once you are done.

Speed dial: Organise your favourite tabs into groups and then add groups to the speed dial screen to access your favourite web pages as quickly as possible.

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