Vivaldi 4.0 Arrives with Betas of Mail, Calendar, and Feed Reader

Posted on June 9, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Web browsers with 7 Comments

Vivaldi is launching the next major version of its web browser, which features Vivaldi Translate and betas of Vivaldi Mail, Calendar, and Feed Reader.

“With our biggest launch of the year, we aim to give you a real alternative to Big Tech,” Vivaldi co-founder and CEO Jon von Tetzchner writes. “Today’s update expands our integrated tools in the browser with major additions: Vivaldi Translate and the much-awaited beta versions of Vivaldi Mail, Calendar, and Feed Reader.”

Vivaldi is most well-known as being perhaps the most customizable Chromium-based web browser, but it also offers a metric ton of unique user interfaces, which can make it more confusing to use than other browsers. So with version 4.0, Vivaldi has added default layouts so that users can tailor the UI to their needs. There are three layouts: Essentials, which provides Do Not Track, Ad and Tracker Blocker, and Translations capabilities; Classic, which adds panels, a status bar, and Fast Forward/Rewind; and Fully Loaded, which adds Mail, Calendar, and Feeds.

Vivaldi Translate is described as a built-in, privacy-friendly translation feature that is powered by Lingvanex and hosted by Vivaldi, “keeping translations out of the reach of companies like Google or Microsoft … Your translation activity is for your eyes only.”

The new Mail, Calendar, and Feed Reader features look interesting, too, though they’re implemented as sidebars in the browser and not as standalone apps. Mail automatically detects mailing lists and mail threads, automatically categorizes mail, and offers integrated search. Calendar optionally lets you keep all of your data local to protect your privacy further, and it offers improved support for several online calendars such as Fastmail, Zimbra, iCloud, and more. And Feed Reader lets you follow any site or service that offers an RSS/Atom feed, and it disables promoted content.

“Vivaldi represents your needs and what the current times demand,” Mr. von Tetzchner continues. “We move ahead as a company that does not exploit your data for profit. We continue to build products that have more ethos, more functionality, and better user experiences.”

You can download Vivaldi 4.0 from the Vivaldi website.

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7 responses to “Vivaldi 4.0 Arrives with Betas of Mail, Calendar, and Feed Reader”

  1. bettyblue

    I have tried both Vivaldi and Brave. While both work they just feel way off the beaten path when it comes to browsers.

    As a Windows and Mac user there are many more mainstream choices that have less chance of not working with some rando web page or web service. If I want cross platform support I go for FireFox or Edge. On the Mac my primary browser is Safari which is the same on iOS devices.

    • wright_is

      They both use the Chromium chassis, so they should be compatible with all sites that Chrome/Chromium is compatible with - with the exception of sites that take offence to users taking offence at being tracked.

      • bettyblue

        One of them I messed with (Brave?) had their own built in blockers and they messed with a few sites I was on. At the time I think you could not use your own blockers only theirs. It was enough for me just to pass and go back to the other browsers I use.

        • fishnet37222

          I use Vivaldi. While it does come with a built-in ad-blocker, you can always disable it and use your own, which I do since I prefer uBlock Origin.

          • dxtremebob

            Vivaldi is my default browser as well. Nice to see it getting press coverage. Web panels with Periodic Reload and the ability to customize context menus are my favorite features.

  2. omen_20

    Been a long time user on desktop and love it. The windows panel is better than any vertical tab feature (even Vivaldi's) in competing browsers that just came around to it. Tab grouping is also better in Vivaldi. Then you tack on tab tiling and web panels which I use every day.

    For me Edge is a great work browser if you use a Microsoft login. Firefox is pretty nice with the new UI, and it's my default on Android. So far Vivaldi hasn't been challenged much on desktop.

  3. matsan

    Maybe all this is great but the only time I tried Vivaldi and was immediately presented with the “curated” bookmarks I felt immediately like I was the product - I quit, uninstalled and never gave it a chance again. Almost like seeing the start menu in Windows…