Vivaldi has released version 4.0 of its browser of the same name, which has added translation capabilities and pulled the long-awaited mail and calendar functionality out of the Technology Preview.
Email and Calendar have been a long time coming – first finally announced in 2015 Making its way into the Tech Preview in 2020. We took the experimental feature out for a spin and were impressed, though it clearly needed a bit more polish and some collaboration from Google before it was declared ready for prime time.
More than half a year has passed, and the functionality has gone into the beta stage. It’s also got a fair bit of buffing and lifting Google’s limits, according to Vivaldi developer Gu developermundur Már Gunnarsson.
New toys include betas for Vivaldi Mail, Vivaldi Calendar and Vivaldi Feed Reader. While an offline mail client may seem like a pleasantly retro thing to those accustomed to accessing their email via either Google’s or Microsoft’s web clients, there are undoubted benefits to keeping things local. Especially when it comes to activities like search.
Like many of its types, Vivaldi Mail allows a user to connect multiple accounts. Rather than on a server hidden somewhere in the corporate cloud, mail from those accounts is locally indexed and searchable “so users are not tied to a specific service provider or have to trade access to the contents of all their mail in exchange for discoverability.” are forced,” according to the company.
Since the Technology Preview, Vivaldi has added functionality including the ability to import mail and contacts from the older Opera M2 app, speed up start-up times and introduce a fix for IMAP/POP/SMTP logins If the password contains non-ASCII. eligible.
The default three-panel layout is familiar, though users can customize it in a variety of ways.
Customization is somewhat of a theme for Vivaldi, which has attempted to tackle the sometimes staggering level of display options in the browser with three layouts introduced in this release: “Essentials”, “Classic”, and “Essentials”. full loaded”. Enables Ultimate Mail, Calendar and Feed Reader.
Calendar has received bug fixes as well as the ability to create a new calendar within a user’s online account (instead of just locally). Other changes include better distinction between tasks and events, and copying and pasting of events on different dates or times.
Along with the arrival of the beta feed reader, the Vivaldi 4.0 update also finally adds translation capabilities to the browser. Throwing a bit more shade at advertising giant Google, Vivaldi makes most of its Lingvenex-powered service on both the desktop and Android versions of its browser. “Have you ever wondered what happens to the texts that are translated when you use a translation service like Google Translate?” asked the company.
For Vivaldi, the Lingvenex translation engine is hosted on its own servers in Iceland. “This means there are no third-party servers involved. And it means users don’t have to share whatever they’re reading,” the company said.
register Google asked Google if it had anything to add about what happens to text translated by its services, but the ad slinger has yet to comment.
For Vivaldi, version 4.0 represents a welcome development. The six-year wait for email functionality may have resulted in some users looking elsewhere (such as Mozilla Thunderbird) for solutions, although the integration may tempt some back. The translation function is also useful, especially on mobile devices (though still no love for iOS).
Vivaldi 4.0 comes in Mac, Windows and Linux flavors. The latter also includes ARM32 and ARM64 versions for the adventurer (at the time of writing, both still featured the “unsupported” tag). ®
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