Vivaldi adds calendar, feed reader, and mail tools

A graphic showing off the new Vivaldi Mail

The latest Vivaldi snapshot has launched today with technical preview versions of Vivaldi Mail, Vivaldi Feed Reader and Vivaldi Calendar all built right into the browser. This snapshot is the first version to ship with these new tools, but they need to be enabled.

The new Vivaldi Mail is a fully-fledged email too with customisability that you’d expect from a client such as Thunderbird. According to Jon von Tetzchner, the average person has two email addresses and with Vivaldi Mail, you have the option to add as many as you’d like. The new email tool is seen as a spiritual successor to the email client that shipped in Opera years ago before it changed direction and simplified the browser.

The new feed reader can be accessed from the mail tab on the Vivaldi sidebar. News items from sources that you’re subscribed to will be marked in bold and have a little dot to show that they’re unread, clicking on them will bring up the text and images of the content but not the rest of the page elements. You can add new RSS feeds by visiting a website and clicking on the feed button in the URL bar. The feed reader also supports the OPML format so you can import your feeds from your existing reader to Vivaldi.

Finally, the Vivaldi Calendar has been designed specially for power users. Unlike some other calendars which try to keep things simple and subsequently hide important details, Vivaldi Calendar puts them front and centre. Vivaldi Calendar has three different views that users can choose; the minimal view shows only the event title, the full view shows all of the event data in the main view, and the compact view gives some information but has a cap on the amount of text that can be shown. The calendar features keyboard shortcuts, browser integration to easily add events and comes with its own panel on the sidebar for easy access.

To enable the new features in the latest Vivaldi snapshot you’ll need to head to vivaldi://experiments/, enable Vivaldi Mail, and restart the browser.

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