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Vivaldi is building “Opera as it should’ve been”
"[Opera Software] is not the same company anymore, they're now owned by Chinese corporations," says Tomita, referring to the recently finalised buyout of Opera's browser business and other parts of the operations for £453 million. "To some extent, Vivaldi is what Opera should've been. We're doing it with a new team, but the core of what we wanted to build, we're carrying over in a new form as Vivaldi."
Vivaldi doesn't appear to have official ties with Opera Software. Tomita didn't comment on whether the Opera complained about its employees leaving for Vivaldi.
In a similar way, some users of the Opera browser, which at some point also became a product for the more-tech-savvy population, have switched to Vivaldi. This process is reflected in the geography of Vivaldi users: apart from the US, it's most popular in Eastern Europe and Japan, where Opera has historically had a large user base.