Opera Acquires Email Provider FastMail.fm
Article by George Norman
On 04 May 2010
Opera Software, the Norwegian software developer we all know for being behind the Opera web browser, has recently announced that it acquired email provider FastMail.fm. The Australia-based email provider, who’s been on the market for about a decade now, made a name for itself by providing responsiveness and reliability, will enable Opera Software to expand its current messaging product portfolio and deliver cross-platform messaging to a wide range of devices.

As mentioned above, FastMail.fm has made a name for itself by offering responsiveness and reliability. The email provider is also known for focusing on innovation and security and for supporting open, interoperable standards.

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As you may already know, the Opera web browser already comes with an email client (it has since the launch of Opera 4 back in 2000). Now that Opera Software has acquired FastMail.fm, it will be able to provide a consistent email experience across all of it products. This means the 50+ million Opera desktop browser users and the 55+ million Opera Mini users will all get the same email experience.

“The newest generation of Web users will discover the Web through a mobile device. Having world-class messaging capability alongside a rich and compelling Web experience is essential. By combining forces, Opera and FastMail.fm can offer messaging on any device. This will enhance the value Opera provides to consumers, while assisting our operator partners in reducing customer churn,” commented Chief Strategy Office with Opera Software, Rolf Assev.

In related news, Opera Software has recently rolled out Opera 10.53 to Windows and Mac users. This is a security update that fixes a vulnerability classified as “extremely severe” (read more here). In further related news, Opera Software has recently announced that it is dropping support for Solaris – it is not dropping support for Linux and FreeBSD though (read more here).



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