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December 23, 2005

Last minute shopping? Buy Opera!

Posted by David Hunter at 11:03 AM ET.

Despite all the rumors, Opera Software, the maker of a well regarded web browser with a miniscule market share, is apparently still available. Last week the buzz was that Google was buying Opera and it was denied. Today, the rumor is that Microsoft is buying Opera, but that’s been denied too:

“Our phones have been ringing off the hook,” said a spokesman for Opera. “But it’s not true. We have not been bought, and we have not received any offers. It’s just a rumour, like the Google rumour last week.”

There’s still time left to get that special gift!

On a more serious note, this week Opera released a worldwide beta of their “mini browser” for mobile phones:

Browser maker Opera Software released a final preview of its latest mobile application, dubbed Mini, which promises to deliver improved Web viewing to wireless handsets.

The application claims to deliver a more desktop-like Web experience to any handset capable of running Java-based mobile applications, which includes many popular phones already in the hands of consumers.

Along with the final version of Opera Mini, which Sivertsen said could include unspecified alterations, the company also plans to launch a new marketing campaign around the product, which will include a revamped Web site for downloads and device compatibility specifications.

Offered free of charge, Mini was designed as a simplified version of the firm’s other wireless offering, Opera Mobile Browser, which is designed to run on so-called smart phones, or more sophisticated wireless devices that offer the memory to store and run such applications.

Company officials maintain that the browser could run on hundreds of millions of existing phones that use WAP (Wireless Access Protocol) to access the Web, giving it a huge potential audience worldwide versus the smaller numbers of customers in the relatively new smart phone sector.

The hard part for Opera seems to be how to monetize Opera Mini as the rest of the article describes. Find out more at the Opera Mini home page or download it here.

Filed under Coopetition, Google, IE7, Internet Explorer, Opera, Windows Mobile

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