Vivaldi users can now check their email, calendar and RSS feeds through the browser’s built-in tools: the 4.0 release launches today, and includes the Vivaldi Mail beta, which promises a more private alternative to web apps made by “Big Tech” companies. Even setting aside any privacy gains, Vivaldi offers something power users might want: an all-in-one app for browsing, emailing, and scheduling.
The email client supports IMAP and POP accounts, so you can connect the vast majority of email services to it, and you can easily have messages open in tabs instead of taking over the current window — useful if you want to type that often needs to bounce between emails. The search is also, in my experience, very fast.
The calendar and RSS reader also include most of the features I’d expect, along with some really cool bonuses. For example, the RSS reader also supports YouTube channels, which can be useful for those concerned about an algorithm deciding not to show a creator’s videos.
The other headline feature of this Vivaldi update is the built-in translation. The browser can translate entire web pages (automatically, if you want) into 50 languages as of today, but the company says it will soon expand to support 109 languages. While the Mail tools are desktop only, the translation is also available on Vivaldi for Android.
Vivaldi has also come up with a solution for those who don’t want these features to take up space in their browser: you can choose between three layouts, which give you a basic web browser, one with a few power user functions, or the all-in-one. one experience with email, calendars and RSS. All functions are still available even in the “Essentials” layout, but they do not take up space in the interface.
One could argue that since many people manage their email and calendars on websites, most browsers have this functionality built in. But for those (like myself) whose emails and calendars are spread across multiple accounts, dedicated tools are much less finicky to deal with. Vivaldi now offers the power that comes with dedicated tools, with the convenience of not leaving your browser.