Unknown to many, Opera Software has its own webmail offering called OperaMail (not to be confused with Opera’s inbuilt email client). Last year, Opera Software had acquired Fastmail, in an attempt to beef up its webmail offering. 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, Rolf Assev, Opera’s Chief Strategy Officer had explained.
The integration of Fastmail with OperaMail took longer than expected (due to legal issues?), but it’s finally over. Opera Mail now uses the Fastmail backend, and all users should be able to login with their existing username and password. Existing users might notice missing emails; however, any missing mail will be forwarded to their new account soon. Unfortunately, some users were caught unawares by the switch, due to inexplicable lack of advance communication. Surely, Opera Software can be expected to be a bit more responsible, since they are dealing with something as critical as email.
Opera is also working on launching a brand new email service, which will be integrated with myOpera. “We will soon unveil a brand new webmail service where you will be using your existing My Opera username and password to log in”, teased Opera’s Haavard Moen.