Opera buys webmail firm for mobile messaging

Opera Software, the world's largest mobile browser firm, has bought
Australian web-based email provider FastMail.FM. The buy aims to expand its own messaging offering to wireless devices

It should be noted that Norway-based Opera, whose wireless browser is more used than Apple's iPhone browser, has had its own email offering for years. The specific step in the web based email provider is seen as a proactive step from the firm in this regard, as it will give Opera knowledge of Web-based email systems, and enable expanding its current email offering.

FastMail, has around 250,000 active users. Opera has declined to comment on the price if paid for email service.

Opera too considers this buy from the perspective that most of people will be experiencing the Web on a mobile device for the first time, hence it makes sense to extend their messaging capabilities to all devices. --------

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