Vivaldi goes back to the future with email and calendar features


Jack Wallen gives the Vivaldi 4 email client and calendar tools a spin, so you don’t have to. Read on and find out if the browser additions are a success or a failure.

Recently, I returned to my roots and switched back to Firefox as my default web browser. The Mozilla team saw the writing on the wall and decided to go back to what they do best: a web browser. They stripped away the cruft, ditched the bells and whistles and released a leaner browser that does one thing, and does it exceptionally well.

Here’s hoping they’ll continue that trend.

However, other browsers are bucking the trend of bucking trends to go the opposite direction. One such browser is Vivaldi, which just this week released version 4 of their browser, which includes both email and calendar components.

That’s right, when everyone else goes small, they go big. And boy, did they go big.

I decided to upgrade my instance of Vivaldi (running on System76’s Pop!_OS Linux) to see how well the new version fared. Understand, I am coming at this after breathing the heavy sigh of relief after jettisoning the weight of too many features. To that end, there is a slight bias.

With that said, let’s take a look. I’ll break it down by feature.

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The email client

One of the things Vivaldi has done with their new tools is to somewhat hide them away from users who might not be quite as skilled at navigating menus. When you open Vivaldi 4, you must select the Fully Loaded option to get access to the email client (Figure A).

Figure A

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