Vivaldi Browser 6.8 launches with updated Mail client and Chrome extension imports

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 20, 2024

Vivaldi Technologies released a new version of its Vivaldi web browser to the public. Vivaldi 6.8 improves the built-in email client significantly, but this is not the only change.

The new browser version is available for all supported desktop clients already. Existing Vivaldi users will be upgraded to the new version automatically. Those who do not want to wait this long may select Vivaldi Menu > Help > Check for updates to run a manual check to install the update.

Vivaldi 6.8 user interface

Release highlights:

  • Vivaldi Mail 2.0 included -- new behavior downloads 30 days of mails and retrieves all visible messages automatically. Also new is a quick reply feature, undo actions, and more.
  • Tab memory usage -- Vivaldi displays the memory usage of each tab now on hover.
  • Break Mode -- the mode puts the entire browser in hiatus. It mutes audio and hides everything on screen.
  • New quick commands.
  • New tab switching option when typing in the address bar.
  • Option to import Chrome extensions.

Vivaldi 6.8: the details

One of the highlights of Vivaldi 6.8 is the ability to import extensions from other Chromium-based browsers. This includes Google Chrome, but also Brave, Opera, or Microsoft Edge.

  1. Select Vivaldi Menu > File > Import from Applications or Files to start the process.
  2. Pick the right browser under "From".
  3. Check or uncheck options, and make sure Extensions is checked.
  4. Activate the start import button.

All imported extensions are turned off by default. Load vivaldi://extensions/ to enable them individually on the page. This improves the migration from Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers to Vivaldi for users with extensions.

Tip: check out my Vivaldi web browser review for the full review of the browser.

Break Mode

Another unique feature is Break Mode. Click on the break mode icon to launch it. You find the icon in the leftmost location on the status bar of the browser.

Vivaldi pauses media playback and fades all website content while in break mode. You can exit it at any time with a click on the button in the middle of the Vivaldi window.

Mail 2.0 Improvements

Vivaldi 6.8 launches with an updated mail client. It is one of the few browsers with a built-in client. Here are the main changes:

  1. Vivaldi downloads the last 30 days of mails by default.  All visible emails on the screen are retrieved automatically as well. You find options in the settings to change the default behavior.
  2. New quick reply feature to reply to emails directly from the mail view.
  3. Undo tracks the last 200 changes now, giving users options to correct accidental errors. A click on the undo icon displays these.

Smaller changes

  • When you type in the address bar, Vivaldi will show a "switch to the tab" option if it finds a matching tab. Useful to quickly jump to a tab without having to use the tab bar.
  • New Workspaces quick commands to create workspaces.
  • Hovering over a tab shows the site's memory usage.

Closing Words

Vivaldi Technologies continues to innovate and introduce new customization options and features in the Vivaldi browser. The option to improve extensions from other browsers might attract more users to the browser, as it makes the migration comfortable.

Have you tried Vivaldi recently? What is your take on the browser?

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  1. John Wold said on June 22, 2024 at 10:49 pm

    Why are my posts shadow banned, and they appear one or more days after I’ve sent them?

    But I see some useless comments that don’t provide useful discussion.

    1. Jody Thornton said on June 24, 2024 at 12:34 am

      This happens to me often. I wonder sometimes if it’s because of all the nasty anti-Pale Moon sentiment I posted in the past … lol

  2. Sebas said on June 22, 2024 at 4:16 pm

    @ JESUS_IS_LORD Yes He is.Thank you for the info.

  3. guest29 said on June 21, 2024 at 5:32 pm

    Vivaldi has a nice user interface, but has always been kind of buggy and is not particularly secure. I keep it around to play with, but would not use it as my daily driver. I would like to see them join the Brave team and spin the mail component off as a separate application, but that is probably just wishful thinking.

    1. Dan said on June 30, 2024 at 10:19 pm

      Brave inc and vivaldi technologies are different companies and can’t be joined. Brave inc makes money from services like their vpn, their ad platform etc. Vivaldi technologies makes money from sponsors especially their deal with bing. They have a business similar to mozilla. Vivaldi technologies exists in the first place because they didn”t like Opera As business model which is similar with brave inc. They can”t be merged.

  4. Sebas said on June 21, 2024 at 12:26 pm

    How much is the latest version of Vivaldi using cpu and memory? I want to give it a try, but reading around, in 2024 it still seems a heavy browser.

    1. JESUS_IS_LORD said on June 21, 2024 at 9:47 pm

      I can tell you it boots slow, on Linux the MINIMIZE, MAXIMIZE, CLOSE buttons don’t reach the topmost edge of the screen and the corner like other browsers or Vivaldi on Windows so you have to place your cursor slightly below the edge of the screen or the corner of the screen to close it, like actually have to look in that direction, adding extra useless effort.

      I have i5-8400 and GTX 1650, but Vivaldi still loads slower. It’s not like it’s much slower, but first it shows a gray screen with the Vivaldi logo before it loads the UI, other Chromium browser I use like Brave and Yandex don’t do that – they draw the UI as soon as I click their icons.

  5. Abdullah said on June 21, 2024 at 12:08 pm

    I guess this is one of the most underrated web browser available in the market. Their Android app is also so much great. You get most of useful and essential features cross-platform.

    Although some people might not like it because it’s not completely open-source. But also people nowadays feel uncomfortable using open-source stuffs like “Chromium” anyways.

    Away from Firefox for many years for it’s long-running compatibility issues with modern web. I often try it but ditch it immediately, it’s not a good web browser while you have to do tasks stuffs cross-platform. The Android Firefox app is very bad, everyone knows it. Windows one is good but not up to the mark as other Chromium browsers.

    Brave is fine but I have hesitations using it.

  6. Torin Doyle said on June 21, 2024 at 9:27 am

    I just wish they’d fully open-source their web browser.

  7. Anonymous said on June 20, 2024 at 10:35 pm

    Sounds like a terrible update, especially when it is focuses in a niche feature like “break” nobody asked for, and mail that I doubt many people use, because nobody needs a mail client in the browser…

  8. wind said on June 20, 2024 at 7:38 pm

    Proprietary. No thanks. PASS!

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