As many of you may have heard, a group of Chinese internet firms, including Kunlun and Qihoo 360 and, have made an offer for Opera. Just an important FYI: this deal is yet to be finalized, as our investors have to decide whether or not they want to sell their shares.
— Karin Greve-Isdahl (@kgisdahl) February 10, 2016
With #Opera trending in the news, I want to take this opportunity to share with you some thoughts for the future of the Opera mobile products you’ve come to know and trust. Understandably, you might be wondering how an acquisition like this would impact Opera’s mobile products. Opera has always been a key player in shaping the internet landscape, and, rest assured, we will of course continue to do so. But, to be able to get our great technology in front of more people, we need to broaden the people we cooperate with and the technology we can use. So, what really excites us about today, is the opportunity it presents for us to work so closely together with another big internet player. Today, Opera has over 350 million users, while our Chinese friends have 500 million. So, that’s a combined user group of some 800 million people – people just like you and me. That is massive. It would put Opera right up there together with the really really big tech giants.
Even though this deal will give us a bigger foothold, the people behind Opera remain the same. The same teams will be developing and delivering the mobile browsers Opera for Android, Opera Mini for Android, Opera Mini for iOS and Opera Coast for iOS, as well as our data-management app, Opera Max.
Opera for computers is also still going strong, and its team is eager to start 2016 with a fresh focus on bringing really exciting, innovative features to your browser.
And, remember, we are online in our social-media channels where you can talk to us. You can ping me on my Twitter profile. We are also present as a community page on Facebook and Twitter.