The Vivaldi browser has just launched a free built-in email client, Vivaldi Mail.
The email will integrate with the freeware service's other in-browser tools, including a calendar, RSS feed reader, and a translation feature.
It's an interesting development from a lesser-known browser, and an integration that definitely makes sense in today's internet era, when countless white-collar workers spend every working hour in front of their browser with a tab open to their inbox.
Multiple Accounts and Local Storage
Users with Vivaldi Mail can add multiple email accounts and calendars, including the popular GMail and Google Calendar. They'll be able to manage events easily and can keep work and home emails separate within the same browser.
Emails can be grouped into folders, though a search function lets users quickly find the email they need across the entire inbox.
It's customizable, too, letting users toggle which types of content they want to be visible in the inbox, from mailing lists to RSS feeds, and how easily they can access each tool from a sidebar that's always visible within the browser.
Should You Check Out Vivaldi?
We live in a world where just a few of the most well-known tech services control the market — Google Chrome is top dog, with Apple's Safari and Microsoft Edge battling it out for second place, and Firefox sitting at an even-more-distant fourth.
That's why it's refreshing to see that an alternative browser is making some waves in the somewhat stagnant space. Multiple email accounts and an integrated calendar are both musts for many modern-day workers who need to quickly and easily manage their schedules.
However, getting those services from Chrome means sharing data that lets Google track your behavior — something Vivaldi says it won't do.
If you're just establishing an email, or want to switch to a more private option, Vivaldi's features are definitely enticing. And if you want to add in additional third-party integrations — such as a CRM browser extension like the one Salesforce offers or an accounting integration like the one Xero supports — Vivaldi can support that as well. The catch there? You'll be looped back into Chrome's behavior tracking policies in the process. Vivaldi can do a lot, but not everything.