New mouse-less browser offers different approach to work computing

In the competition between major web browsers, Opera is usually listed behind more well-known and widely-used software like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. However, this browser is still significant enough to have millions of users, and now the co-founder of Opera, Jon S. von Tetzchner, has a new browser, Vivaldi, which could revolutionize computer use and internet access aimed at those who work with large amounts of online content.

According to CNet's profile of the browser, Vivaldi eschews the traditional mouse-based interface for the keyboard, with special shortcuts allowing users to maneuver through different tabs. Although the browser is based on Chromium, it also draws from some features present in Opera, like the "Speed Dial" bookmarking system.

Vivaldi has yet to be released, but a preview is currently available and has some commentators interested. Because it is being targeted toward "power users" with a lot of work to do, Vivaldi could have an impact on the office in the future as the company gains more attention.

TechCrunch's Frederic Lardinois recently tried out this preview mode of Vivaldi and described his experience using it positively.

"Like earlier versions of Opera, Vivaldi puts a menu strip in the left corner of the window to allow you easy access to your bookmarks and other browser tools," Lardinois writes. "There are lots of nifty little features already built in, including tab previews and the ability to move tabs to any corner of the browser window."

New browsers are opportunities for enterprises to improve their operations by embracing changing trends in web development to their advantage. However, they need to be sure that their legacy applications will be operational on every platform they choose. A mainframe terminal emulator solution that can apply to any screen-based device running an approved browser can help operations run smoothly.