More Indicators that Opera may be for Sale emerge

Martin Brinkmann
May 31, 2012
Updated • Sep 13, 2018
Companies, Facebook, Opera

As far as I'm concerned, it is all just a rumor at this point in time. I'm talking about Opera Software currently in talks with Facebook, and maybe other potential buyers. Two new indicators that came to light today make it look as if there is more to the rumor than initially thought.

It was first reported by Fav Browser that Opera Software has renewed the agreement with Google which in itself is not that spectacular. The extension however ends on June 30, 2012, which is not really a long time considering that Mozilla recently renewed their agreement with Google for 3 years.

When you look back at Opera's previous renewals, you will however notice that the previous renewal was also only for two months, from March 31, 2012 to May 31, 2012. Before that though, Opera and Google had a two year long agreement that made Google the default search engine in the Opera web browser.

A renewal by two and then one month could indicate that Opera has been in talks with potential buyers for at least that time. There are however other explanations for this, including talks with other search engine companies.

You find the press release that announces the agreement here.

The second indicator has also been posted by FavBrowser. Facebook apparently has removed the Google Chrome browser from a page on the site that is displayed to users who access the website with an unsupported browser. The browser it was replaced with? Opera of course.

This should come as a surprise to many who would expect the page to display the most used web browsers like it did previously. This again can have other reasons, for instance that the relationship between Facebook and Google has been rocky lately. It needs to be noted that this page recommends browsers to users who open the page with an unsupported web browser (which Chrome is not).

I'm personally still not convinced that Opera will be acquired by Facebook or another company in the near future, even though it is possible that it will happen after all. What's your take?

Update: Nothing happened in 2012 but in 2016 it was revealed that a Chinese consortium was interested in acquiring Opera Software. The proposed deal had to be changed because of regulatory concerns so that Opera Browser and some other key technologies were acquired by the Chinese consortium while other parts of Opera Software were not. The part of Opera Software that the Chinese did not acquire rebranded to Otello Corporation.

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