Facebook is now looking to acquire Opera, the makers of Opera browser for desktop and Opera Mini browser for mobile phones. Facebook has been in acquire-frenzy before going public and it still seems to be in the same mood.
Facebook believes that by taking over Opera it might be able to create a customized and dedicated browser just for Facebook and immediately deploy it for the use of it’s estimated 900 million active users.
But is Facebook taking more than it can chew? Opera Software is in a completely different area compared to what Facebook is doing. But the plans Facebook has for Opera is still not really very clear. Maybe, Facebook can help turn around the fate of Opera.
The interesting part though is once Facebook acquires Opera, it would official enter the war of browsers that has been going for so long with no clear winner in sight (Internet Explorer is losing though). Which means, while currently Facebook is friends with Microsoft and rivals with Google, it would change that whole atmosphere.
U.K.-based technology website Pocket-lint first reported Friday that Facebook “is looking to buy Opera Software,” citing an unnamed source it described only as “trusted.” Other sites, including The Next Web, claimed that while their sources could not verify Facebook’s interest, they did say Opera’s management has been talking to potential suitors.
Right both companies are keeping mum, Facebook and Opera declined to comment on these reports.
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