Features

Vivaldi ups the ante with built-in features like mail, calendar and RSS reader

An all-rounder

The race to be crowned the best browser is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon. Right on the heels of Apple announcing updates for Safari, Vivaldi has announced a MAJOR update of its own.

Vivaldi 4.0, as it is called, comes with a bunch of new features and a greater focus on users’ privacy. Vivaldi continues to present a strong case on why you should move away from the browsers backed by big tech giants. Read on to find out what’s new with Vivaldi 4.0.

Traduire -> Translate

Shopping on Chinese e-commerce sites or reading Japanese manga websites has become easy thanks to built-in translators on web browsers. Vivaldi is getting this feature, which is powered by Lingvanex. With just a click of a button, an entire web page can be translated into one of 50 supported languages. There are options to automatically translate web pages or wait for your command. Vivaldi Translate is available on desktop and the Android app.

You’ve got mail

Many of us have multiple email accounts and use various services to keep track of our inbox. But it can soon get taxing, and it is little wonder that email anxiety is becoming a real thing. To give you back some manner of control, Vivaldi is announcing a built-in offline mail client, which supports IMAP, POP and even Gmail accounts. 

Enable Mail from Settings -> General, and a sidebar shows up with easy access to your mailbox. The three panel layout shows accounts and folders on the left, messages received in the middle, and currently open messages on the right. But you can always customise the look. Vivaldi Mail can also detect mailing lists and mail threads, and automatically categorize them to make it easy to find.

What’s in the news

The third feature is a built-in RSS Feed reader, which is quite basic at the moment, but does the job. Whenever the browser finds a RSS feed, it highlights that in the address bar, and you can subscribe to it with just a click. It also lets you subscribe to YouTube channels, so you can watch the videos without having to visit the website. Same goes with podcasts as well. Your feeds will be visible on the Mail panel, making it easy to access them while using the browser. 

The last new feature is a built-in calendar that supports most of the standard providers like iCloud, Google Calendar, and Fastmail among others. While the functionality is standard, it is the overall design that really stands out. For example, unlike other calendars, Vivaldi doesn’t just show 1-2 lines per event, but all the data.

My browser, my way

One aspect that Vivaldi acknowledges is that every user has different requirements when browsing. With that in mind, the company is offering users a choice between three layouts. 

‘Fully loaded’, is for those who use browsers for more than just watching cat and dog videos online. It gives access to every available tool, including the ones launching with Vivaldi 4.0. ‘Classic’ is for those who want to browse the internet, and also use a couple of power tools. ‘Essentials’ is the basic layout for those who only want to surf web pages, and nothing more.

Privacy

At the heart of all these new features, and the Vivaldi browser itself is user privacy. The company is touting privacy as the major factor pushing you away from other big tech browsers. For example, when translating websites, the translated text is stored in secure servers and not shared with anyone. Even the mails are stored on the user’s computer, rather than on a remotely operated webmail server. 

Vivaldi CEO Jon von Tetzchner boldly says, “A growing movement of people worldwide is looking for reliable, functional alternatives to the tools offered by the tech giants. Vivaldi meets that need – and more – with an expanded set of integrated features that will give you more control of your data and your workflow. Simply put, the era of trusting Big Tech is over.” 

Vivaldi 4.0 arrives today on Windows, Mac, Linux computers, and Android devices.