To expand its messaging product portfolio and deliver cross-platform messaging to various devices
Opera Software said that it has acquired web-based e-mail provider FastMail.fm, to expand its current messaging product portfolio and deliver cross-platform messaging to a wide range of devices including computers, mobile phones, TVs and gaming consoles.
Headquartered in Australia, FastMail.fm offers advanced Web-based e-mail platforms for consumers and small business customers and has security, focus on innovation and support for open, interoperable standards.
Since the release of Opera 4 in 2000, Opera’s desktop browser has included its own e-mail client and through this acquisition, the company will be able to offer a consistent e-mail experience across all products.
Opera said that it currently has more than 50 million users of its desktop browser and more than 55 million users of Opera Mini, a mobile Web browser that works on almost all handsets.
Rolf Assev, chief strategy officer of Opera Software, said: “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.”