Opera Acquires FastMail.fm for E-Mail Services
Opera announces the acquisition of FastMail.fm, a cloud-based e-mail provider, which it will use to extend its messaging portfolio to devices such as phones, televisions and gaming consoles. Opera has been expanding into the phone space, with its Opera Mini for the iPhone mobile browser being downloaded onto more than 1 million Apple devices within two days. According to analytics company StatCounter, Opera Mini is the most-used smartphone browser, with 24.6 percent of the market, followed by Apple's Safari browser for the iPhone with 22.3 percent.Opera Software announced the acquisition April 30 of FastMail.fm, a cloud-based e-mail provider. While Opera has offered an e-mail client with its desktop browser for a number of years, the new acquisition will expand the company's messaging-product portfolio to devices such as phones, televisions and gaming consoles. "The newest generation of Web users will discover the Web through a mobile device," Rolf Assev, Opera's chief strategy officer, said in an April 30 statement. "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."
That could yield dividends for Opera as it seeks to expand. On April 13, the company released Opera Mini for the iPhone, which was downloaded onto more than 1 million Apple devices within two days, making it the top-ranked mobile application in Apple's App Store.