Vivaldi Technologies has given its browser a complete visual overhaul with new features to help users break free from Big Tech.
Vivaldi 4.0 is now available for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android and the updated browser now includes its own email, calendar, RSS reader and translation services providing users with an attractive alternative to Google, Microsoft and Apple .
The company’s desktop and mobile browser on Android now offers a new built-in, privacy-friendly translation service powered by Lingvenex and hosted by Vivaldi called Vivaldi Translate.
At the same time, however, Vivaldi 4.0 also includes the eagerly anticipated beta version of Vivaldi Mail with Vivaldi Feed Reader and Vivaldi Calendar on the desktop. While the company’s Vivaldi Mail beta works with existing email and calendar services, users can also set up a new account at vivaldi.net or add a trusted third-party service like Fastmail.
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Vivaldi CEO John von Tetzner explained in a blog post how the latest version of its browser and all the additional services it includes could be the perfect way to do so for those wanting to break free from Big Tech, saying:
“A growing movement of people around the world is looking for reliable, functional alternatives to the devices offered by the tech giant. Vivaldi meets that need – and much more – with an expanded set of integrated features that allow you to choose your own device. Will provide more control over data and your workflow. Simply put, the era of relying on Big Tech is over.
three default layouts
While Vivaldi 4.0 comes loaded with features, the browser offers three default layouts as Essential, Classic and Fully Loaded so that users can choose which one they want to use based on their individual needs.
Essentials is ideal for those who want to keep things simple with a more private browser, but aren’t quite ready to test out all of the company’s new services and features. The Classic, on the other hand, adds panels and Vivaldi’s status bar to the mix to help increase productivity. Finally Fully Loaded includes everything from the other two layouts while also enabling users to take advantage of the new beta version of Vivaldi Mail, Vivaldi Feed Reader and Vivaldi Calendar.
Unlike other email clients, Vivaldi Mail takes a lot of the burden off users by automatically locating mailing lists and mail threads to categorize all of a user’s emails in a way that makes them easier to find. Another interesting thing about the service is that it does all this on the user’s computer, rather than on a remotely operated webmail server. As a result, users are not tied to any specific service provider and can change email providers as often as they wish without losing email filters, while maintaining privacy and online freedom.
Interested users can download Vivaldi 4.0 from Vivaldi’s website now to test out the company’s latest updates for themselves.
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