By Verghese V Joseph –
With its biggest release of the year, the Vivaldi browser aims to give users a real alternative to Big Tech. Today’s update expands its built-in tools with major additions: Vivaldi Translate and the long-awaited Vivaldi Mail beta, Calendar and Feed Reader.
OSLO: A turning point has come. Vivaldi Technologies unveils its biggest release this year: Vivaldi 4.0 is coming to Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android devices.
Simply put, the era of blindly relying on great technologies is over.
Vivaldi on desktop and on Android now offers Vivaldi Translate, an integrated and privacy-friendly translation service, powered by Lingvanex and hosted by Vivaldi, keeping translations out of the reach of companies like Google or Microsoft.
The long-awaited beta versions of Vivaldi Mail with Vivaldi Feed Reader and Vivaldi Calendar are now available in their desktop beta version. While Vivaldi Mail Beta works with existing mail and calendar services, users can also choose to set up an account at vivaldi.net or by adding a trusted third-party service, such as Fastmail .
With Vivaldi 4.0, it becomes easier to break through locked ecosystems and creepy surveillance-driven practices from large corporations.
“A growing movement of people around the world is looking for reliable and functional alternatives to the tools offered by the tech giants. Vivaldi meets that need, and more, with an expanded set of built-in features that give you greater control of your data and your workflow,” says Vivaldi CEO Jon von Tetzchner.
Download Vivaldi 4.0 on Windows, Mac and Linux computers, on mobile phones and tablets with Android 5 or higher, and on updated Chromebooks.
Powered by Lingvanex on desktop and Android
Vivaldi believes that everything a user does in the browser is nobody else’s business, so Vivaldi never tracks its users, collects their data, or voluntarily compromises privacy. Vivaldi is committed to rejecting all privacy-invasive technologies, such as Google’s FLoC , because collecting unnecessary personal information online is not only wrong, but dangerous.
Vivaldi’s end-to-end encrypted sync keeps users’ browsing data safe, helps limit unnecessary tracking, and blocks annoying ads with its built- in ad blocker and trackers in the Android and desktop versions.
But there are still less obvious ways that data can and is collected!
Ever wonder what happens to the texts that are translated when using a translation service like Google Translate? Are they “confidential”? No, because the translations do not disappear when you close that tab. Google has access to every piece of text that is translated. And they have been able to get away with it due to a lack of reliable options.
So far, that is. Introducing Vivaldi Translate, developed by Lingvanex.
Together with Lingvanex , Vivaldi offers a translation function built into the browser that will help millions of users around the world to read translated pages in their preferred languages, safely.
The engine Translation Lingvanex is hosted on servers Vivaldi in Iceland. Because there are no third-party servers involved, users do not have to share what they read with “prying eyes.” The Translate icon appears in the right corner of the desktop browser’s address field by default, almost immediately when the web page loads, which means that translation can be activated on the page.
An entire web page can be translated with one click to the language of your operating system (default) or choose between languages from the drop-down menu.
In demand for Vivaldi on Android, the translation feature offers the same functionality as on the desktop.
Vivaldi Translate is a rare feature in mobile browsers, as most do not offer a translation feature and if they do, their translation activities are not private.
Vivaldi 4.0 offers a head start for people on the way to their perfect browser, with three default layouts. All Vivaldi functionality remains available at any time, but the designs offer different levels of access to functions directly from the interface.
Essentials – Ideal for those who prefer to “keep it simple” and want a more private browser, but aren’t ready to tackle a ton of new features right away. Essentials fans also benefit from Vivaldi not tracking their browser usage, as well as Vivaldi’s built-in ad blocker and trackers and Vivaldi’s translator.
Classic – This design adds Panels and the Status Bar to the mix, giving new users easy and instant access to more productivity-boosting features.
Fully Loaded: Improving things, Fully Loaded includes everything from Essentials and Classic, while also enabling the new beta version of Vivaldi Mail, Vivaldi Feed Reader, and Vivaldi Calendar.
Vivaldi’s mission is to provide a browser that works for anyone, putting their privacy first. Vivaldi’s new layout options make it easier than ever for people to tailor their browser to their unique workflow and needs from day one.
A fully loaded alternative to Big Tech – Vivaldi Mail Beta
Limited options have locked many into the ecosystems of a handful of corporations. But Vivaldi Mail, now in its beta version, offers a real alternative.
Most mail clients bundle all the different types of mail together, forcing users to manually untangle email from distribution lists, conversations, and work-related email in folders. Often times, they separate each personal email account as well, so users have to keep jumping to see all their email at once.
“Unlike traditional email users, Vivaldi Mail does all the heavy lifting for you, even in beta. By automatically detecting mailing lists and threads, automatically categorizing mail for easy search, and offering a powerful search function, Vivaldi Mail takes the burden off your shoulders and lets you enjoy the experience with your mails again,” Vivaldi CEO Jon von Tetzchner says.
And the best? It does all of this on the user’s computer, rather than on a remotely operated webmail server. Therefore, users are not tied to a specific service provider nor are they forced to exchange access to the contents of all their mail in exchange for search power.
It allows users to switch email providers as often as they like, without losing email filters, so they can search their email as before. All while maintaining privacy and freedom online.
Launch Vivaldi Mail Beta
Existing users can enable the beta version of Mail from Settings> General. New users can enable Mail by selecting the Fully loaded layout in the settings.
Once enabled, the Mail Panel, a sidebar will appear, with All Messages, Custom Folders, Mailing Lists, Filter and (Searches), Flags (Featured), Synced Tags , Feeds, and All Accounts.
The default three-panel layout displays accounts and folders on the left, received messages in the middle, and currently open messages on the right. But, as with everything in Vivaldi, different layout options are available in the settings menu, such as a horizontally split layout.
What Makes Vivaldi Mail Beta Special?
- All your email accounts in one place: Vivaldi Mail solves the problem of having a large amount of email in multiple email accounts. Access emails from multiple accounts and distribution lists in a single inbox, without having to log into each account individually. It supports IMAP and POP3 , so any email provider can be integrated. People who use Gmail (it’s time to break old habits!) Can log into their Google account from Vivaldi Mail Beta and Vivaldi Calendar Beta with these options .
- The database, the cornerstone: Vivaldi maintains a database of all messages, tags, filters, searches, etc. Mail from all accounts is indexed, so it can be searched offline. And, if the emails are fetched in advance, the entire contents of the email can also be searched, even before it is opened.
- Tabbed interface: When composing a new message, it opens in a new tab, instead of appearing in the same window. This neat touch allows multiple messages to be opened simultaneously (and they can even be tiled), making it easy to navigate.
Vivaldi Feed Reader Beta: news that interests you
In a world where what we read online is monitored, stored, and sold to advertisers, Vivaldi Feed Reader is a breath of fresh air.
Since Vivaldi doesn’t believe in tracking users’ online behaviors, it builds Vivaldi Feed Reader differently. Here the user is in control. If users choose to subscribe to feeds from sites they enjoy and trust, news will appear from those sites, not from companies that set their agenda on them. Users can enjoy their personalized feed, seamlessly and without spying.
Vivaldi Feed Reader Beta uses Vivaldi Mail to display news items. Users can choose to view and rename news items in the Mail Panel or alternatively view them from the assigned Sources Panel.
Integration with Vivaldi Mail has huge benefits. It allows you to classify, index and search for news items in the feed and even mark them as read without deleting them. It’s a unified system where all messages can be viewed in one place, rather than having to search and view feeds separately from email.
Save the date: Vivaldi Calendar Beta is here
While there are many options available, the most popular calendars are made by some of the big tech companies, with business models based on data collection.
“No one should have to share the details of their events and tasks with a company just to keep them organized. Our ambition goes beyond offering an alternative to data collection schedules. Our goal is to offer a better one with unique functionality,” says Vivaldi CEO Jon von Tetzchner.