Vivaldi browser now runs your email and calendar, too
One way to stick it to big tech.
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Vivaldi 4.0 sports an email app that lets you read, write and manage email from multiple accounts. It's in beta testing for now.
The latest version of the browser also includes a beta calendar app to manage your schedule and tap into online calendar services.
Chances are good that you rely on Google's Gmail, Apple's Mail or Microsoft's Outlook to handle your email and calendar today. By handling that in its own software now, Vivaldi has become "a real alternative to big tech," the Norwegian company announced in a blog post.
Vivaldi's approach is a return to an earlier era of personal computing. In the 1990s, you needed email software on your personal computer unless you were comfortable with Unix text utilities. That led to tools like Eudora, an email client, and Netscape Navigator, the browser that also handled your email. Those products are now extinct and many of us are content with the web-based interfaces of Gmail and Outlook.com, or the mail app built into our phones.
Vivaldi thinks power users will welcome the features built into its mail app. Those include the ability to consolidate activity from multiple email accounts into one unified inbox; smarts to detect categories like mailing lists and sort email accordingly; a tabbed interface designed to better accommodate several tasks in parallel; and a local mail database that's searchable even when you're offline.
"We hope it is not going to take too long, as we have already spent a lot of time getting this far, but we will gather feedback from the beta to find out the most important things to fix," von Tetzchner said. The company also hopes to add email to its mobile app, he added.
In addition to the mail and calendar abilities, Vivaldi 4.0 also adds: