It's been more than a month since Vivaldi 3.4 I arrive with striking news, but with one that stood out above the others because it was a very interesting game to be included in a browser. At the moment we do not have a new version, but its CEO Jon von Tetzchner has presented us a few moments ago three functions that are already being tested and that will surely be very received by the most demanding users.
And, in a long note, von Tetzchner has told us about three new tools: a mail client, a calendar and a newsreader or RSS. Undoubtedly, they are three interesting tools, at least the email one, since, if we use it, we have many email accounts and we use the browser a lot, we could even forget to use more popular options like Thunderbird.
Table of Contents
I think the best way to know everything these three tools have to offer us is to read the explanation given by the CEO of Vivaldi Technologies (here! with Google Translator), but we can make a summary. The mail client is integrated in the same browser, and its use is similar to the one we do with other clients: we add one or more accounts and wait to receive an email or we access its tab to write one.
The interface of this mail tool has a modern image, and I think that, of the three novelties, it is the most interesting and the one that I would like to see in Firefox. As for what it offers, we have the typical:
- Custom folders.
- Mailing lists.
- Filters and search.
- Brands to stand out.
- General tray with all accounts.
- Unseen emails.
- Unread emails.
- All the buttons needed to delete, reply, etc.
- Possibility to customize the view.
- Keyboard shortcuts.
News or feed reader
This is a feature that many users will probably be interested in, but it is not my favorite, at least at the moment. Now Vivaldi allows us to follow our feeds from the same browser, without installing extra software or extensions. And if I say that it is not something that interests me especially, it is because, for a user like me who reads them on different devices, an independent reader is not worth it, but one that allows synchronization in the cloud with services like the one offered by Inoreader.
In any case, the Vivaldi tool does the same as most of the apps of this style that are available for Linux, so users of this browser can forget about all that software. In addition, subscribing to any medium is very easy, so much that it is one click away.
Calendar with notifications
The other new tool that can already be tested in Vivaldi is a calendar. In it, we can add a local account, one of vivaldi.net or one of Google to see all our events in the browser in a clearer and more direct way than if we do it by going to the domain's website.
And the calendar looks very good. It has everything we may need, such as a view of the day, of the week, of several weeks or of the month, can be edited in the cloud, you can create tasks and it supports notifications, so once again they have managed to get my attention.
Soon in the stable version of Vivaldi; now in experimental
Everything explained here is already available, but not in the official version. It is in the latest version Snapshot that is available in this link. Users of operating systems such as Arch Linux or Manjaro can install it from the AUR, an easier task if it is done from the tool with the Pamac GUI. To activate it, we have to do it from vivaldi: // experiments.
Looking at the version number that appears in Manjaro, it is most likely that all of this will reach Vivaldi in the next version, a 3.5 that will land very soon.