Celebrated software designer and co-founder of Opera software, Jon von Tetzchner today launched a new internet browser aimed at high volume users who "have problems fitting all their open tabs on one screen."
Speaking to Reuters, von Tetzchner added that "a mobile phone and a tablet version are in the pipeline. We are working on it, but they won't be out until they're ready."
The new browser, named Vivaldi, is almost fully owned by von Tetzchner who owns 90 per cent shares. It features personalized notes, bookmarks with small screen shots and speed dials, and is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux platforms.
Von Tetzchner has added new features like search and online shopping through several deals. Considering the huge global presence of existing browsers like Google Chrome, Safari and the Internet Explorer, Vivaldi will need almost a miracle to become a leader in the short term.
Von Tetzchner acknowledges this, and says "We welcome everyone, but this is first of all a browser for people who expect and need more," he said. "There is without a doubt a demand for this type of browser even though I don't expect it to take more than a few percent of the total market." In our opinion, that would be a great achievement.
However, with the mobile and tablet app yet to take shape, this would remain a distant dream for the company.