This new browser feature makes it easier for you to take a break from the internet

Like many software companies, the makers of Chromium-based Vivaldi are thinking of ways to help users respond to remote working that impinges on life at home.

To further this goal, Vivaldi version 3.3 for the desktop includes a "Break Mode" that's specifically designed to help users stop web surfing – at least for a while.

Triggered by the new pause button at the left corner of the Vivaldi browser's status bar, Break Mode mutes and stops HTML5 audio and videos, hides all tabs, panels, and other content leaving the screen clean.

"Once the browser is paused, you can interact with the physical world – communicate with colleagues or loved ones, make a phone call, jot down those creative ideas on a piece of paper, exercise, take a power nap, or grab a cup of coffee in peace," Vivaldi explains.

When ready, users can resume their browsing activity exactly where they left off by pressing play to unpause and everything will be visible again and audio and videos will restart.

People are more productive and happier when they take proper breaks and have a variety of experiences," writes Vivaldi CEO Jon von Tetzchner.

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