Tabs that were probably in your browser can now be tools in your browser
Vivaldi users will now be able to check their email, calendar and RSS feeds via the browser’s built-in tools: 4.0 release launching today, and that includes the Vivaldi Mail beta, which promises a more private alternative to Web apps made by “big tech” companies. Even setting aside any potential privacy benefits, Vivaldi is offering something that power users want: an all-in-one app for browsing, email, and planning.
The email client supports IMAP and POP accounts, so you can connect most email services to it, and you can easily open messages in tabs instead of taking up the current window – if you’re the type who needs it often. To bounce between emails. In my experience the search is also very fast.
Calendar and RSS Reader include most of the features I’d expect, plus some pretty cool bonuses. For example, RSS Reader also supports YouTube channels, which can be useful for those who are concerned about an algorithm that decides not to show creators’ videos.
Another headline feature of this Vivaldi update is the built-in translation. The browser will be able to translate entire webpages (automatically, if you prefer) 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, translation is also available on Vivaldi for Android.
Vivaldi has also come up with a solution for those who don’t want to have these features in their browser: You’ll be able to choose between three layouts, which will give you a basic web browser, one with some power-users. features, or the complete experience with email, calendar and RSS. All the features will still be available in the “Essentials” layout as well, but they won’t be taking up space in the interface.
It could be argued that, since many people manage their email and calendars on websites, most browsers have this functionality built-in. But for those (like me) whose emails and calendars are spread across multiple accounts, dedicated tools are less fussy to deal with. Vivaldi is now offering the power that comes with dedicated devices, along with the convenience of leaving your browser.