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Opera Mini becomes default browser for Microsoft's fading feature phones

Gregg Keizer | Aug. 22, 2014
Opera Software and Microsoft have struck a deal to replace Nokia's Xpress browser with Opera Mini on Microsoft's dying line of feature phones.

Today, Microsoft's Bernardo said his company would stay in the low-price market, but notably didn't talk about a timeline or actually contradict the purported Harlow email. "We continue to sell and support classic first and feature phones as well as the Asha range, which have performed well with millions of people who want new mobile experiences at lower price points," said Bernardo.

In June, Opera said that the Android version of its browser would become the default on the Nokia X line of forked-Android smartphones Microsoft inherited from Nokia.

Within a month, however, Microsoft killed the Nokia X after the American technology vendor announced job cuts. "We plan to shift select Nokia X product designs to become Lumia products running Windows," Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella wrote in a July 17 message to employees.

Even with that setback, Opera was bullish about the Mini agreement. "This is a great deal for us. We have dreamed about this for many years, for more than 10 years," said Opera's Boilsesen today.

Financial terms of the licensing deal were not disclosed. "[But] it's profitable from day one," Boilsesen asserted.

Microsoft's new Nokia 130, a $25 feature phone, will come with Opera Software's Opera Mini browser.


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