Vivaldi Mail 1.0: email client with calendar and feed reader launches
Vivaldi Technologies launched Vivaldi Mail 1.0 with calendar and feed reader today in the company's web browser. Released in late 2020 as a preview, Vivaldi Mail was launched in Vivaldi 4.0 officially.
Vivaldi is one of the few browsers with integrated email client and functionality. The email client includes calendar functionality and a feed reader.
Vivaldi Mail is a free email client that supports multiple email accounts. Many accounts can be added by adding the email address and password to Vivaldi, but there are options to set up IMAP and POP3 email accounts manually as well.
You may manage all accounts in the browser's interface, and switch between web browsing, emails, calendar and feed reader seamlessly with a click on a button.
Vivaldi users who have not given email or feed reading a try in the browser may enable Mail in Settings > General > Productivity features > Enable Mail, Calendar and Feeds. New users may select the fully loaded option on first start to unlock email.
Vivaldi Mail indexes all emails to make them searchable. You may run searches at any time to find emails of all accounts, even while offline. Offline searching scans headers and if emails are configured to be downloaded from the email server, message content as well. The prefetch option in the email settings will download message content before they are opened. Searches are updated dynamically when new mail arrives.
Live Vivaldi browser, Vivaldi Mail is offering a great range of customization options. The email client supports different views and layouts, including the default three panel layout that displays accounts, messages and the selected message side-by-side, or the classic horizontal layout that splits the mail list and the active message horizontally.
Vivaldi Mail lists all messages in the sidebar by default. There you find default folders, including unread, received and drafts, as well as special folders for mailing lists, filters, flags, labels, and also individual email accounts that you have added to the email client.
Users who like keyboard shortcuts may use them to speed things up. A tap on G jumps to the next unread message, T views the message thread and E views all email from the sender of the selected email.
Vivaldi Mail supports flags and labels to organize emails. Flags add different colors to emails, labels custom tags. Both options support custom views to display emails with specific flags or labels only.
The email client supports additional features, including signatures that can be associated with accounts, a queue feature to send emails at a later time, and themes, to change the client's paint.
The Calendar complements the email client. Vivaldi supports offline and online calendars. Some users may prefer offline calendars for privacy, others may like the idea of syncing data between all their devices automatically.
Calendar comes with its own view in Vivaldi that lists all upcoming events in a small sidebar on the left side. A click shows and hides it, and there are options to change the time period easily in the panel.
The full calendar supports different views, e.g., by day or week, with events listed by the hour, or a monthly or multi-week view. Vivaldi's calendar uses a flexible grid so that information is not cut off.
Vivaldi Mail is making a big step with the release of version 1.0. It is integrated directly into the Vivaldi browser for easy access to emails and the integrated calendar and feed reader. Vivaldi Mail supports a number of productivity features that may improve how users work with the client.
All three components, Mail, Calendar and Feed Reader, come with a great range of customization options and features.
Now You: do you prefer Mail baked into a browser, standalone clients, or web-based email?
I prefer „standalone clients” – always The Bat!, temporary EssentialPIM.
The Bat!, lol. Like someone still running OS/2 Warp – just to be obstinate.
I don’t care about mail, because the biggest selling point of Vivaldi is it’s highly customizable sidebar. But, when you have uBlock Origin installed, it doesn’t work there. Which means whatever page you have opened in it depends on the feeble built-in blocker. That’s a major flaw.
uBO (as well as AdGuard) works perfectly in my Vivaldi installation.
Does it minimise to system tray?
I.E. Can it be running in the background – so you get incoming email alerts, calendar reminders, etc. – but without needing to be permanently on the taskbar, just running in the system tray on the right of the taskbar?
“Does it minimise to system tray?”
Yes, if you have an extension to keep it running in the background – I use Lightning Reopen.
“… so you get incoming email alerts”
The email doesn’t notify if it’s in the tray – it needs the browser to be open or minimized to the task bar.
It’s just a browser not standalone email client, so you have to keep it open.
The difference is now you can aggregate all the mails in one tab instead opening multiple tabs with different mail providers.
No any horizontal multi rows tabs will replace vertical tree in case of comfort of usage. Due to multi rows takes more screen than vertical tree.
It has a similar view named as ‘window panel’: https://help.vivaldi.com/desktop/tabs/window-panel/
Window Panel is a poor imitation of Tree Style Tabs. The only other implementation that works as well as TST is Sidebery – another Firefox exclusive!
Tabs on side + accordion tabs gets pretty close to what you want (with no multi rows enabled obviously), or the window pane that it’s exactly what you want but it’s not exactly the tabbar.
Does the Feed Reader sync subscription and read/unread articles from computer to computer? I will have to test that out.
Well, it sounds like not a great feature for normal email accounts, I would understand it more for the Vivaldi email, but then, since they started forcing people to give away their phone numbers to be able to use the email part of the Vivaldi account I don’t see a reason why people would even use that either.
“We proactively protect all user data from disclosure, with the only exception being if requested by legitimate law agencies with a court order.”
And by now you should know that Governments and Judicial systems with their excuses (corruption) can do anything they want, so, your information is not protected at all in Vivaldi’s email system.
If you want to use it with other emails, well, that sounds even more crazy and unnecessary since you can easily just go to email page or have a proper standalone email client.
Of course, I still don’t understand why people would be willing to have have their emails on the sidebar, like why do people need emails so bad in 2022, when emails are essentially the worst protocol in existence today.
It’s like people and especially the “I am crazy about privacy” paranoid people, are the first people who don’t understand email protocol and how terrible it is because anything federalization is terrible, like Matrix protocol.
They fall for the trap or terrible companies like Protonmail and others, with their lies about encryption, like if that worked 99% of reality times.
So imagine having a panel feature to promote you keep using the most insecure and stupid protocol in 2022 sounds terrible idea, Vivaldi could have really cared about people’s privacy, and create p2p email system or something like what you get in ‘anonymous networks’ or retroshare or whatever, that only exists on people’s computer and not a real email system, you know, something a tiny little innovative and and pro-privacy, not something where Gov agencies will have an easy access to it, still being able to communicate in a way that gives you privacy but also formatting (yes sometimes formatting is needed which messengers do not offer).
I mean, Vivaldi looks good and all these features make it a tempting browser for sure, but between their weird crap, their weird priorities, their close source slower non-native U, the annoying hypocrite CEO and etc etc, it is hard to really bend the arm and use Vivaldi again.
too bad it’s not a standalone mail client. vivaldi is already too heavy and too “busy” for my taste and its nonstandard configuration options only add to the mess. embedding a mail client in a mess only adds to the mess. plus, as others have pointed out, the mail client is at the mercy of whatever extension side effects do to the rest of the browser. one can only hope that they will take a page from opera and move the code into a separate mail client.
Does this have system tray support? They should make the email and rss standalone clients.
Perhaps there’s a way to use dubious Html to Exe converter…? Progressive web wrapper? Web 3.0?
There has to be a way to make it into a stand alone appish like thing. Or nah…
Definitely one or the other.
That’s a fact.