Australian web-based email provider FastMail.FM has been acquired by browser company Opera Software. Opera says this acquisition will enable it to expand its current messaging product portfolio and will let it offer a consistent email experience across all products. The Opera desktop browser already includes its own email client.
More than 50 million people currently use the Opera desktop browser; the Opera Mini mobile web browser has more than 55 million users.
Rolf Assev, Opera Software's Chief Strategy Officer, 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."
In a blog post, FastMail.FM 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."