In June 2021, Vivaldi introduced a built-in email client to its web browser. It came with an integrated calendar and feed reader. After a year of beta testing, the new tools are officially available to Vivaldi users around the world.
Vivaldi Mail 1.0 lets you add multiple accounts and shows emails from all of them in one place. This eliminates the need to switch between accounts to check your emails. You can add any existing email service provider that supports IMAP and POP3, such as Gmail, or set up a new account on vivaldi.net.
According to the company, its email client indexes emails from all your accounts, allowing you to search offline whenever you need. It looks for matching keywords in the headers as well as the content of messages that you have read. You can also enable “Prefetch” for an account. This will allow you to make offline searches for the content of emails that you have yet to open.
Vivaldi Mail can automatically detect mailing lists and mail threads. The indexing feature also helps with the sorting of messages, automatically placing mails into views. You don’t need to spend time manually moving your casual conversations and work-related emails between folders. “Each mail can be in different views, providing different paths to a mail. Instead of storing a message in a particular folder, a single message can appear in any folders or views,” the company explains.
Vivaldi has not only made its email client feature-rich but also focused a lot on user experience. It supports a three-panel default layout and lets you choose between horizontal and vertical views. You also get sixteen customizable keyboard shortcuts for various actions such as compose, reply, mark read, and more. You can either use single-key shortcuts or opt for combinations for each action.
Vivaldi’s email client is now rolling out with a “robust” calendar and feed reader
Vivaldi describes its calendar services as a “robust” tool that goes beyond the basics. It shows more information, offers easier navigation with keyboard control and shortcuts, and gives you more flexibility in how you view events. The company says all event parameters are available in one place for quick access. You can use this calendar locally on your computer or take it online for cross-device use.
In addition to these, Vivaldi has also introduced a feed reader that aims to free you from the “algorithm-based onslaught” from various social media platforms. It will let you catch up with the latest news and other content from your favorite creators without them tracking your activity for a “rabbit hole of endless suggestions that suck away your hours”. For example, it can extract a YouTube video using a no-cookie URL so you can watch it inline without YouTube tracking you and creating a profile of your interests.
Vivaldi Mail, Calendar, and Feed Reader are now available on the desktop version of the Vivaldi browser. New users can select the “Fully Loaded” layout during setup to access the new tools. Existing users, or new users who selected Essentials or Classic layout during setup, can navigate to Settings > General > Productivity features > Enable Mail, Calendar and Feeds. It’s unclear if and when these tools will come to the Vivaldi browser mobile apps.