Vivaldi 4.0 Released, Brings Much-Awaited Features

Vivaldi 4.0

With its latest update, Vivaldi 4.0 expands its integrated tools in the browser with major additions: Vivaldi Translate and the much-awaited beta versions of Mail, Calendar, and Feed Reader.

The company claims that it is its “biggest launch of the year”. Vivaldi 4.0 is now available with some features and betas of new apps, that Vivaldi says is to help users “break free of the ecosystem of Big Tech”.

But before we go into Vivaldi’s main features, we want to show you something that can help you kickstart your Vivaldi experience. Vivaldi 4.0 offering 3 default layouts, so that users can choose which ones they want to use based on their individual preferences:

  • Essentials: Ideal for people who are looking for a more private browser and don’t want to tackle a lot of new features right away.
  • Classic: Adds panels and status bar to the mix. Giving new users easy access to a bunch of productivity and boosted functionalities right away.
  • Fully Loaded: Include everything from Essentials and Classic as well as enabling the new beta functions for Vivaldi Mail, Calendar, and Feeds.
Vivaldi 4 Welcome Screen

Vivaldi 4.0 Main Features

Existing users can enable Mail from Settings -> General -> Enable Mail, Calendar and Feeds, as it is shown on the image below.

Vibaldi 4.0 Enable Beta Features

Translate

Vivaldi translate is powered by LingvaNex. Translation feature has already been around for several years in other browsers. Vivaldi 4.0 give you a translation feature build into the browser. It will help millions of users globally to read translated pages in their preferred language, safely and securely. Whatever data comes out of your translation, Vivaldi will not keep it, but throw it away after you done.

By default the translate icon appears in the top right corner of your desktop browser’s address field.

Translate Page

Translations can be activated on the page. You can translate the full page from any supported language to the language of your OS with on click. In addition to, you can choose another language from the dropdown menu or even customize the translation choosing from 4 options: “Always Translate”, “Never Translate”, “Never Translate This Site”, and “Offer to Translate Pages”.

Mail

Now you can try out Vivaldi Mail beta. Once enabled you will be greeted by the mail panel where you will be able to access all messages. Vivaldi Mail can combine all of a user’s email accounts into a single mailbox without having to log into each individually and supports both IMAP and POP3 accounts. Custom folders, mailing lists, filters, and flags are supported.

We’ve chosen to say, “Okay, we don’t want to have the business model decide what we do. We rather focus on what the users want.” And I think there’s a significant value in a built-in email client.

Jon von Tetzchner, CEO of Vivaldi Technologies

Most mail clients keep all of your different types of mail bundled together, forcing you to manually untangle email from mailing lists, conversations and work-related email into folders. Unlike traditional mail clients, in Vivaldi 4.0, Mail does all the heavy lifting for you. It automatically detecting mailing lists and mail threads, automatically categorizing your mail to make it easy to find, and offering a powerful search feature.

Feed Reader

The Feed Reader uses Vivaldi Mail to display feed items. You can choose to view and rename the feed items within the mail panel or alternatively view from the dedicated feeds panel.

Feed Reader

If you choose to subscribe to feeds from sites you enjoy and trust, news from those sites will appear, not from companies pushing their agenda on you. You can enjoy your customized feed, with no fluff, no “promoted content”, and no spying.

Calendar

The unique thing about Vivaldi’s calendar is that you can see all the data you need in every view. For example, you can use the “Minimal View”, which only shows the event title. The “Full View” shows all the event data in the main view. The “Compact View” gives you the best of both worlds, putting a cap on text in the events.

I think we have done things differently. We’ll see what people think. But one of the things I wanted with the calendar, I wanted to be able to see all the content. Typically, with the calendars that are used today, the size of the space available for the text is dependent on the timeslot size. It doesn’t need to be that way.

Jon von Tetzchner, CEO of Vivaldi Technologies

Download Vivaldi 4.0

In some Linux distros, such as those based on Ubuntu, after the first installation the browser repository is added, so the new version will already be available from the software center.

Arch Linux users can install Vivaldi 4.0 from the official repo using Pacman.

For others, the latest Vivaldi 4.0 update is now available for download from the project’s website.

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