Vivaldi has unveiled a series of productivity-enhancing updates to its web browser and the integration of Mastodon, which the company claims is a “key component of the decentralized social network.”
Claims to be the first web browser company with an instance of Mastodon (Vivaldi Society), which now integrates the social networking platform into a sidebar, hoping to cater to a growing audience of individuals “tired of big tech social networks and their locking algorithms.”
Founded by former Opera Software CEO Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner, credited with co-creating the Opera browser, Vivaldi promises to be an independent platform with no outside investors, enabling it to meet modern privacy needs – Focused society.
“While you’ll find Vivaldi Social in a panel in your browser, you can also add any Mastodon instance of your choice to this sidebar as a web panel,” the company explained in a statement. Press release (opens in a new tab).
“By doing this, the website, or any instance of Mastodon, is displayed in the browser’s side panel, creating a split-screen view.”
In addition to supporting this up-and-coming platform, Vivaldi has tweaked some core features designed and catered to power users.
In addition to pinning tabs to the bar, users can now pin so-called tab stacks to the bar, allowing quick access to multiple frequently used web pages. The settings page has also been updated with a new, more user-friendly interface for faster navigation.
Finally, with privacy in mind, private search engines friends network (opens in a new tab) Added to the list of integrated search engines, but currently limited to users in the US, Canada, UK, and Germany.
These changes have been rolled out as an update to version 5.6 of the browser for Windows, macOS, and Linux, available at Vivaldi website (opens in a new tab).