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Vivaldi web browser gets translation, messaging, calendar and feed reader functions in version 4.0

Since its launch in 2015, the Vivaldi The web browser was designed for power users with an emphasis on features like keyboard shortcuts, a highly customizable user interface, and a constant stream of new features rolled out over the years.

Now, Vivaldi 4.0 is here, and it comes with a whole bunch of new features, including a built-in email client, RSS reader, and built-in calendar. The new web browser also includes built-in support for translating web pages from one language to another without sending data to Google or Microsoft.

Vivaldi 4.0 is available for download starting today with versions for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android.

Vivaldi Translate uses machine translation technology from Lingvanex, hosted on Vivaldi’s servers. Vivaldi says it’s a privacy-friendly alternative to Google Translate or Bing Translate because Vivaldi doesn’t track user data. And while you should always take the company at their word, the fact that the browser also supports ad and tracker blocking suggests that they aren’t really interested in the same revenue streams as other internet companies.

Instead, Vivaldi gets most of its money from deals with search engines and other websites to preload bookmarks and search engines.

Either way, Vivaldi Translate seems to work pretty much the same as Google Translate for Chrome. Visit as website in a language other than your browser’s default language, and you may see a message asking if you want to translate it. Otherwise, clicking the translate icon in the address bar should bring up the prompt.

You can choose to translate the page just this time, or check a box to always translate pages to the same language you are currently visiting.

The new translation feature also works on Android devices, where it can be activated from the Vivaldi menu.

Vivaldi Mail’s new beta functionality built into the browser runs locally on your computer, much like Outlook or Thunderbird. And it includes features like support for adding multiple email accounts, a customizable user interface with tab support, and a database that lets you search your emails even when you’re off. line (if the messages have been downloaded to your device).

Vivaldi’s feed reader allows you to subscribe to RSS feeds and manage them in the same way you can manage your email. Visit a webpage for an RSS feed and you’ll see a big Subscribe button at the top of the page. Or you can just open the feed reader from the sidebar and manually add links.

You can use the player to quickly browse headlines from news sites, blogs, and other sources including YouTube channels or even podcasts.

Vivaldi Calender Beta lets you view your upcoming appointments in a browser tab or web panel that slides to the side of the screen. And you can set your calendar locally only, sync it with Vivaldi’s servers, or add a Google calendar, CalDAV or other web calendars.

There is also a task manager that allows you to create and manage tasks that display in the Agenda view of the calendar.

All of these new features are built on Vivaldi’s already versatile web browser which supports themes, notes, browser tabs which can be located at the top, bottom or sides of the screen and other features. nifty like the ability to set different search engine defaults depending on whether you are using a normal or private browser tab.

Under the hood, Vivaldi uses the same rendering engine as Google’s Chrome web browser, much like most other popular browsers these days. But the makers of this browser have done more than most to create a feature set that really sets their browser apart from Google’s.

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