Opera Software purchases Melbourne-based email provider

The acquisition of FastMail.fm will see it combine technical skills and expertise to help develop new products

Norwegian company, Opera Software has purchase Melbourne-based email provide FastMail.fm for an undisclosed sum. In a statement, Opera said the acquisition expands its current messaging product portfolio and deliver cross-platform messaging to a wide range of devices, including computers, mobile phones, TVs and gaming consoles.

“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,” Opera Chief strategy officer, Rolf Assev, 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.”

Following the acquisition, Opera will be able to offer a consistent e-mail experience across all products, the statement read. FastMail.fm offers Web-based e-mail platforms for consumers and small businesses.

According to a statement on FastMail.fm's website, the acquisition will see it combine forces with Opera’s technical teams and expertise to help develop new products.

“Opera have clear plans for the future, and can help provide significantly more resources to build a bigger and better infrastructure and more features,” the website said. “In an increasingly competitive market, we believe we need to make some big investments to take the next steps forward. Joining together Opera’s expertise in web browsers and especially the mobile market, and FastMail.FM’s expertise in email, will allow us to grow and take on the next big challenges in running and building an email service.”

Opera boasts it 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.

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