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Opera Sold

  • The transaction has been approved and it's near closing.

    http://www.newsweb.no/newsweb/search.do?messageId=412332

  • Thanks for the info link, @leocg.

  • The transaction has been approved and it's near closing.
    http://www.newsweb.no/newsweb/search.do?messageId=412332

    Which means what?
    Are they selling everything but or just some? "Consumer business"?

  • The answer probably rests within this quote from July 2016 (http://www.fin24.com/Tech/News/opera-web-browser-firm-sold-for-just-600m-20160718) :

    The Norwegian company will sell businesses including browsers for mobile devices
    and desktops, technology licensing and a stake in a Chinese venture to the same
    group that attempted the full takeover... The partial sale means the buyer group
    gets the assets that Opera is best known for - browsers that help mobile-phone,
    tablet and computer users surf the web faster by using less data.

    The 'partial sale' is the one referenced in @leocg 's link several posts above (http://www.newsweb.no/newsweb/search.do?messageId=407334) and is the current sale version:

    On 15 August 2016, Opera and the Consortium signed an amendment to the Agreement
    whereby it has been agreed that Opera will retain the Skyfire and SurfEasy
    businesses in exchange for a reduction of the previously agreed enterprise value...:

  • Opera will retain the Skyfire and SurfEasy
    businesses

    What are those two?

  • What are those two?

    SurfEasy is the company behind Opera's VPN.

    Skyfire is responsible for the technology behind video compression in Opera Mini, Opera for Android, etc.

  • And the sale is completed: http://www.newsweb.no/newsweb/search.do?messageId=412755

    Once again, @leocg, thanks for the link and the info.

  • Do you have a back up of Opera folder system & profile?

    So, maybe it's time to do it...

    I don't think Chinese people will do rubbish with Opera but after read some comments would be a good point to take advantage and make a full backup.

  • You should always do backups. 🙂

  • Does anyone know what's going to happen now that the sale is completed?

  • Does anyone know what's going to happen now that the sale is completed?

    Opera was divided in two companies: Opera ASA and Opera Software AS.

    Opera ASA is the holding responsable for Opera Mediaworks, Bemobi, Skyfire and SurfEasy. Opera Software AS will keep doing Opera's browsers.

  • Does anyone know what's going to happen now that the sale is completed?

    Opera was divided in two companies: Opera ASA and Opera Software AS.
    Opera ASA is the holding responsable for Opera Mediaworks, Bemobi, Skyfire and SurfEasy. Opera Software AS will keep doing Opera's browsers.

    Okay. Thanks.

  • In my language the "AS" prefix has an unfortunate connotation.

    Frankie Tagliano
    🙂

  • Goodbye, Opera.
    Goodbye, Zhou Hongyi.

    (posted from the Chrome I installed yesterday)

  • @xiaokaoy:

    Goodbye, Opera.

    Opera's servers are still run under Norway's rules.

    Goodbye, Zhou Hongyi.

    I'd rather have him looking at my browser history than Larry Page or Sergey Brin.

    posted from the Chrome I installed yesterday

    so now all your data belongs to Alphabet, Inc.

    Congratulations to your smart decision.

  • Some agree with xiaokaoy and disagree with you.Mainly this one

  • So that is the reason opera got seriously messed up. They changed everything I loved about this browser and it will only get worse...

    Any meaningful effects of Opera's sale have yet to ripple through to the design of Opera. Software design simply doesn't move that fast, for better or worse.

  • Actors and proprietors are not the same.

    There are different degrees of proprietors' influences on enterprises. For example, there is a landlord that doesn't give a crack, when there is a family living in an apartment minding own business.
    Huh! there is this case. Russia. Administration changes from crooks to thieves, then it takes a couple of decades for the country to visibly show signs of falling apart.

    A couple of years ago, a bank here changed hands. Undereducated people here might have got startled about it, but nothing happened: there money wasn't stolen, offices didn't close... Some improvements though in service have accumulated since. 🙂

  • ive used 360 on and off for a few years. i am not very impressed with them, but i am no more impressed with western "security software" either. i think alot of the comments on here are not credible as they criticise Chinese software while ignoring western "security threts". i mean do we honestly know what norton, mcafe, avira, and avast do with the info after they scan our hardrives? let's not kid ourselves, western corprations are no more transparent than China, or North Koria. ive used alot of western "antiviruses", and all they did was slow down my computer, while not really killing any viruses. i dont see any shils say "oh hel no, im never using european software anymore". in any case, i would like to see China try to take presto one step further. i also think that China should fork firefox. use your common sense. i would feel much safer with my data in China, that way, it would be much harder for cops from the west to snoop through my data, particularly if i was living in a western country. as it stands, any cop from any western country can pretty much get your data with a warant which is very easy to get in western courts (ie europe), [ive personally witnessed how easy it was for western cops to obtain warants from western rejimes with very little or no reason at all] however, if they wanted to get your data from China, i would imagine it would be difficult for western authorities (and they would actually need legitimate reasons), or anyone for that matter to obtain your data legally. and perhaps thats the real reason why u see so many shils fear mongering over Chinese software. but you know what, i still use Chinese browsers for different purposes, just cause all the shils tell me not to 🙂

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