Facebook rumored to be buying Opera

Is Facebook about to make yet another major acquisition? That's the report from Pocket-Lint.com, who claims via unnamed sources that Facebook is looking to purchase Opera Software, the makers of the long running Opera web browser. Details are few, but the story claims that Facebook wants to compete in the web browser space that already has Microsoft, Google, Apple and Mozilla among its participants.

The Opera web browser has always been well behind, at least in terms of market share, in the PC web browser market. Both Net Applications and StatsCounter show that Opera is fifth in use on the PC behind Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Safari. However, Opera has found some traction in the mobile web browser space. Facebook is all about mobility now, and it could see buying Opera Software as a short cut towards making a browser that could compete in the smartphone and tablet space.

Facebook has also been on a buying spree in the past few weeks, either acquiring the teams behind app companies or, in the case of Instagram, offering to buy the entire company for $1 billion. It's unknown how much Facebook would be willing to pay for Opera Software, but it certainly has a bigger history than a lot of other software companies

Source: Pocket-lint.com

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Wow, and I thought Opera sucked before... I can't imagine after Facebook's involvement. Can you imagine the privacy concerns?

PreKe said,
WOW LOL U R SO COOL, OPERA SUXXOORSSSZZZ LOLOL

Lots of people find Opera to be terrible, so yes this guy is pretty cool for having an opinion.

This would be really strange, especially if they plan on shoving it against IE in the market.

Facebook and Microsoft has some rather tight partnerships, some seen and some not seen. If Facebook goes after Microsoft directly, it could hurt facebook more than people realize.

Part of what has kept even the 'barely good enough''level of security facebook has maintained has come from Microsoft's direct help.

Facebook leaped to where it is through the University connections and experience, and part of this was due to the Microsoft Exchange free accounts and integration with Facebook that Schools implemented.

However, Microsoft plays nice with Apple and others that the world see as competitors, which means it might not even be worth them caring.

Oh dear NO NO NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Opera is a very good browser, and Facebook is not a software development company, I doubt it can do web development as good as Opera did. NO please no.

I am truly distressed by this news. Opera 12 is incredible and does not track every single thing you do and send it back to HQ like Chrome does. Firefox is rubbish and IE has no speed dial function like Opera does. Opera also has Ghostery which blocks out google and it's ubiquitous analytics. I suppose I'll just have to go to Mathon 3 is Opera goes to HypeBook. Seriously upsetting news it's ruined my day!

errrm Opera doesn't suck I've tried chrome and FF and couldn't stand either when I tried Opera I loved it but I think if and when FB buy Opera I'll just go back to using Maxthon 3

I'm not sure what I think about this move in terms of business but having the massive advertising juggernaut of Facebook behind it could potentially give Opera the boost it needs to get off the ground. And having Facebook's massive sums of money guiding it's development would do the quality of the product a world of good.

Although I no longer use Opera as Chrome just gets updated with new functionality so much more quickly, I still have a soft spot for the company so I wouldn't be too sad to see them acquired by a company that can give them the boost they need

Javik said,
I'm not sure what I think about this move in terms of business but having the massive advertising juggernaut of Facebook behind it could potentially give Opera the boost it needs to get off the ground. And having Facebook's massive sums of money guiding it's development would do the quality of the product a world of good.

Although I no longer use Opera as Chrome just gets updated with new functionality so much more quickly, I still have a soft spot for the company so I wouldn't be too sad to see them acquired by a company that can give them the boost they need

Opera 12 has had 4 snapshots in the past week

Most guys think negatively on the word "Opera" so I'd think if they bought it, it would be rebranded. I think it is a solid move and a way to push a little more discreet ads to us.

ScottDaMan said,
Most guys think negatively on the word "Opera" so I'd think if they bought it, it would be rebranded. I think it is a solid move and a way to push a little more discreet ads to us.

Most guys wouldn't have a clue what Opera is.

Facebook is having a love affair with Microsoft. What would happen to Opera if FB bought it knowing that Microsoft is their partner?

Opera is great web browser. I love the way the writer said this "The Opera web browser has always been well behind, at least in terms of market share," Opera have done alot before the IE/Chrome/Firefox. Congrats to Opera if they sell it, Doesn't mean ill use it Facebook.

remixedcat said,
why can't they focus on making facebook less bloated and fix the mobile app instead of buying a browser maker?

Facebook is bloated?

I agree with you on fixing the mobile app though.

mikeyx12 said,

Facebook is bloated?

I agree with you on fixing the mobile app though.

Timeline is a bloated myspace-like mess and it's choppy....

mikeyx12 said,

Facebook is bloated?

I agree with you on fixing the mobile app though.

Do you have Android?

Cause the iPhone Facebook app is really fast and great.

And if you have Windows Phone... well Microsoft themselves developed the Facebook app, and that shows how bad some things Microsoft makes can be. It's so sad that Microsoft can't make a decent app for their own phone platform!!

andrewbares said,

Do you have Android?

Cause the iPhone Facebook app is really fast and great.

And if you have Windows Phone... well Microsoft themselves developed the Facebook app, and that shows how bad some things Microsoft makes can be. It's so sad that Microsoft can't make a decent app for their own phone platform!!


Microsoft just publishes the app. They don't develop it.

andrewbares said,

Do you have Android?

Cause the iPhone Facebook app is really fast and great.

And if you have Windows Phone... well Microsoft themselves developed the Facebook app, and that shows how bad some things Microsoft makes can be. It's so sad that Microsoft can't make a decent app for their own phone platform!!

I'm on android 2.3.3

andrewbares said,

Do you have Android?

Cause the iPhone Facebook app is really fast and great.

And if you have Windows Phone... well Microsoft themselves developed the Facebook app, and that shows how bad some things Microsoft makes can be. It's so sad that Microsoft can't make a decent app for their own phone platform!!

Have you even tried Wp7? there is no need for an app, its all integrated, DERP

andrewbares said,

Do you have Android?

Cause the iPhone Facebook app is really fast and great.

And if you have Windows Phone... well Microsoft themselves developed the Facebook app, and that shows how bad some things Microsoft makes can be. It's so sad that Microsoft can't make a decent app for their own phone platform!!


Your ignorance is giving me brain damage. Facebook develops the app for WP, and Microsoft does the whole FB contacts to phone contacts integration.

Also the FB app on WP beats the FB apps for Android and iOS.

calimike said,
Wow, It's another Browser War : Opera vs. IE vs. Firefox vs. Chrome.

It's kinda of sorts... Strange Bedfellows


It's been like that for a very long time...

Lion and Lamb Ministry said,
GREAT investment on Facebook's part. The browser marketplace loves good competition

Opera's a competitor?!

Ahmed Nefzaoui said,
If that is going to happen then GET READY FOR Ads BROWSER

Opera has already done the AD thing... it would just be returning to its roots. Bet they still got the ol' code laying around. FB would be rolling in hog-heaven. ;-)

Not sure if it's a wise investment. Almost no one uses Opera on the desktop, and mobile phones/texting will eventually kill off FB anyway. Plus, we don't need another damn browser! Just make the ones we already have better!

Not sure if it's a wise move, Facecrook is a fad and Opera is not. Opera is a reliable browser for displaying properly built websites while Facecrook reliably sells your information to advertisers and the government.

In reply the the OP having multiple browsers means that web standards have multiple interpretations. If the interpretations disagree and they follow the standard then it automatically implies the standard is not well defined enough.

bjoswald said,
Not sure if it's a wise investment. Almost no one uses Opera on the desktop, and mobile phones/texting will eventually kill off FB anyway. Plus, we don't need another damn browser! Just make the ones we already have better!

How exactly will mobile phones/texting kill off Facebook? lol.

And, if Facebook did buy Opera, there wouldn't be "another damn browser". It would be just as it is now...

bjoswald said,
Not sure if it's a wise investment. Almost no one uses Opera on the desktop, and mobile phones/texting will eventually kill off FB anyway. Plus, we don't need another damn browser! Just make the ones we already have better!

what makes you say that? I use Opera on my desktop, in fact I only have Opera and Firefox as my default browser installed on my PC and I'm sure a lot of people still use Opera

mikeyx12 said,

How exactly will mobile phones/texting kill off Facebook? lol.

Advertising difficulties.
mikeyx12 said,
And, if Facebook did buy Opera, there wouldn't be "another damn browser". It would be just as it is now...

Course it wouldn't, why would the buy Opera and leave it languishing as it currently is? They might as well contribute to Chrome and Firefox instead of leaving Opera as is.

thommcg said,

Advertising difficulties

That still doesn't answer how mobile phones/texting will kill Facebook.

If anything, mobile phones have made facebook MORE popular. People share their pictures instantly to Facebook for example. People live on Facebook 24/7 now that they have it on their smartphones.

You're insane if you believe texting of all things will kill Facebook. Lol.

andrewbares said,

That still doesn't answer how mobile phones/texting will kill Facebook.

If anything, mobile phones have made facebook MORE popular. People share their pictures instantly to Facebook for example. People live on Facebook 24/7 now that they have it on their smartphones.

You're insane if you believe texting of all things will kill Facebook. Lol.

Popularity isn't the problem, monetising it is. Don't you get that? Facebook isn't a charity, they have bills to pay and shareholders to please.

bjoswald said,
Almost no one uses Opera on the desktop, and mobile phones/texting will eventually kill off FB anyway.

What are you talking about? Opera has tens of millions of users on the desktop, and hundreds of millions on mobile. Facebook is struggling on mobile.

JAB Creations said,
Not sure if it's a wise move, Facecrook is a fad

I doubt it.

JAB Creations said,
and Opera is not. Opera is a reliable browser for displaying properly built websites

Won't dispute this. Although I am a Firefox partisan myself, I have no complaints with Opera.

JAB Creations said,
while Facecrook reliably sells your information to advertisers and the government.

So does Google. The only advantage Google+ has over Facebook at the moment is the "Hangout" videoconference feature, while the site in general lacks many other features Facebook does have.

JAB Creations said,
In reply the the OP having multiple browsers means that web standards have multiple interpretations. If the interpretations disagree and they follow the standard then it automatically implies the standard is not well defined enough.

Better than IE, which consistently tries to throw out web standard in favor of Microsoft's own.