Vivaldi users can now check their email, calendar, and RSS feeds using the browser's built-in tools: the 4.0 version, which includes the Vivaldi Mail beta, promises a more private alternative to web apps developed by "Big Tech" companies. Even if possible privacy improvements are overlooked, Vivaldi provides something that power users may desire: an all-in-one software for browsing, emailing, and planning.
The email client supports IMAP and POP accounts, allowing you to connect to the vast majority of email services. You can also easily have messages open in tabs rather than taking over the current window, which is useful if you often need to bounce between emails. In my experience, the search is likewise quite speedy.
The calendar and RSS reader also deliver the majority of the functionality, as well as a couple of pretty cool extras. For example, the RSS reader includes YouTube channels, which may be useful for those concerned about an algorithm opting not to show a creator's videos.
The other major highlight of this Vivaldi release is built-in translation. As of today, the browser will be able to translate complete web pages (automatically, if needed) into 50 languages, but the company promises it will soon extend to cover 109 languages. While the Mail tools are only available on the desktop, the translation is also available on Vivaldi for Android.
Vivaldi has also developed a solution for those who do not want these features taking up space in their browser: you will be able to choose between three layouts, each of which will provide you with a basic web browser, a few power-user features, or an all-in-one experience with email, calendars, and RSS. All of the functions will be available, even under the “Essentials” layout, but they will take up less space in the UI.
It may be assumed that because many individuals manage their email and calendars on websites, most browsers already include this ability. However, specific tools are easier to use for people whose emails and calendars are dispersed over many accounts. Vivaldi now combines the power of dedicated tools with the comfort of not having to leave your browser.
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