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  • @arobbo It's been years that Opera has nothing to do with operamail.com, since it migrated to FastMail.

  • @leocg thanks for your response, but more information from Fastmail:
    "Why is this happening?
    The operamail.com domain is owned by Opera, not Fastmail. We've handled mail at the operamail.com domain on Opera's behalf since Fastmail staff bought back the company in 2013. Opera has since advised us that they will no longer allow us to handle mail through this domain. We're troubled that we need to ask you to make this change. "
    ...so my question to Opera really should be - is there a planned alternative for loyal users of their email service? I think it sends a poor message to just burn the bridge in this manner.
    <still dismayed>

  • @arobbo Most probably the Opera that owns that domain is not the same Opera that runs this forum.
    Opera was splitted when it was sold and this Opera was left only with the browser making part.

    The other Opera, whose name changed to Otello Corporation kept the rest.

  • @arobbo
    Really wonder how many are still using @operamail-acccounts, they must be rare. Because some 6 years ago "operamail" was not a possibility for adding an Alias any more..

    I didn't get this mail, ..yet... But I don't agree as well, I started using Operamail from August 1998, from the very-very start. This mail-service was launched together with Opera 3.5. Still got some hardcopies of that time......

    Currently the oldest in my mailbox is September 2002, from Opera Software, JB Sigurjonsdottir, Customer Relations Mng. , About the "auto-forward-function".

  • My wife has had an xxxx@operamail.com email since the beginning. We pay Fastmail a little bit a year to have a premium account. She sure likes the interface. That is all coming to an end. Anyone else here in the same boat?

    Here's the email she received from Fastmail....

    Hello,
    We’re reaching out with important information about your email address and the way you access your Fastmail account.

    We're disappointed to share with you that we’ll no longer be able to support sending or receiving mail using addresses ending in @operamail.com, effective June 2022. You'll need to update your Fastmail username before that time. We strongly encourage you to do so immediately, to ensure you have plenty of time to transition to your new email address.
    Note that Settings → Billing & Plan screen will prevent you from renewing past the effective date of June 2022 until your username is updated.

    Why is this happening?

    The operamail.com domain is owned by Opera, not Fastmail. We've handled mail at the operamail.com domain on Opera's behalf since Fastmail staff bought back the company in 2013. Opera has since advised us that they will no longer allow us to handle mail through this domain. We're troubled that we need to ask you to make this change. We can assure you that we're happy to guide you through this transition.

    Can I still receive mail at my @operamail.com address?

    Upon updating your username, an alias will automatically be created for your @operamail.com address, and you'll continue to be able to receive mail there until June 2022.

    What do I need to do?

    Update your Fastmail username
    To continue logging in, your username will need to be changed from one that ends in @operamail.com to one at a different domain. This can be any of the other domains we own, or a custom domain.

    To change your username:

    Log in to fastmail.com with your current username.
    Visit Settings → Users & Aliases.
    Unlock the page by entering your password at the top of the screen.
    Click Edit next to your @operamail.com username.
    Click Rename next to your @operamail.com username.
    Use the dropdown box to the right of the @ symbol to select a different domain.
    Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click the blue Save button on the left side.
    Once this change is made, the new username can be used to log in to fastmail.com and the Fastmail mobile app.
    Update third-party apps
    Updating mail syncs
    After changing your username, you'll need to update the username and corresponding app passwords in any third-party apps you use for email. You can use our setup guide or refer to our help pages.

    Updating calendar syncs

    If your calendar app supports autodiscovery, we expect updating the username and app password in the app settings will maintain the sync.
    If your calendar app does not support autodiscovery and instead syncs via CalDAV URLs, these URLs need to be updated after changing the username to continue syncing.
    To get the new URL, visit Settings → Calendars, then click Export next to the calendar you want to sync. A pop-up window will appear with a new CalDAV URL. You can copy and paste this into your calendar app's settings. For help navigating your app's settings, refer to our setup guide.
    Other syncs
    If you have files or contacts synced with third-party apps, you'll also need to update the settings of these apps with the new username and a new app password.
    Thank you for being with us for so many years, and we hope that you'll continue to allow us to work with you for many years to come.

    Regards,

    The Fastmail Team
    support@fastmail.com
    Powered by Fastmail

  • It sounds like it's time to get your own domain, so your email address doesn't need to change at the whim of some anonymous corporation. I got my own domain years ago, and mange my own email addresses. You can do that with Fastmail too, or find another provider should they for what ever reason no longer be an option. With your own domain, you are less dependent on the ever changing domains (and therefore email addresses) of companies that own them.

  • @rif Check above

  • @leocg said in Operamail future?:

    Otello Corporation

    Our family has relied upon the operamail.com address since the late 90's, and so it is embedded in a large number of our accounts. I'd really rather not have to update a few hundred accounts with new info. Are you aware of any realistic option for us going forward?

  • @horseshrink, and also @rif,
    thank you for confirming my situation. Also a user since the start, around 1998. Nice to see that the Norwegian company, Otello, took over the email opera-tions rather than see everything disappear behind the great firewall of China (interests taking over Opera's browser aspect if I understand correctly). I can't see why Otello couldn't assist with the continuance of the original OperaMailers, would provide a positive public relations message and demonstrate good faith with the worlds longest-running (?) "free" email service. My OperaMail account predates my gMail account by several years. Even if Otello could provide a diversion feature for "(at)operamail.com" - I realise that Fastmail maintains the servers - I think would be win-win for all.

  • @arobbo Opera is still a Norwegian company. And why you are saying that Otello owns that domain?

  • @leocg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otello_Corporation#Acquisitions
    but what would I know?
    Wouldn't it be wonderful (?) if Vivaldi Mail could take up the slack for loyal OperaMail users? What a fairytale ending that would be 🙂 E.g., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vivaldi_(web_browser)#Future_additions
    I would very happily transfer the service I pay to Fastmail to Vivaldimail to keep my Operamail.com address going.

  • @arobbo Have emailed FastMail support to see if they can suggest any options besides changing my main email address. It would be an incredible amount of work to update so many accounts.

    It's also been one of the few constants we've had through dizzying barrages of events over the past two decades, so we also have a strong nostalgic attachment to this address.

  • @horseshrink - nothing wrong with nostalgia - I reckon it keeps us sane in an emerging technological climate apparently devoted to upgrading for the sake of upgrading. Lot of false economies we can look back on, in the hardware area.
    As to software and email clients I believe there is intrinsic value in preserving even such abstract examples of provenance, or "grandfathering". I don't know how many of us still fly the flag for the original Operamail but how good would it be to be taken back into the fold with Vivaldi?
    https://vivaldi.com/blog/vivaldi-mail-technical-preview/

  • @arobbo Well, that Wikipedia page says nothing about the operamail.com domain.

  • I am spamming my own thread but it seems that a fellow Australian has already outlined my thoughts in the comments section to https://vivaldi.com/blog/vivaldi-mail-technical-preview/:

    OziIan3880 last month
    Hello all from Australia.

    YAY Vivaldi Team!

    Only this week I was told by my email provider (Fastmail) that Opera M2 would no longer be able to access their servers (for security reasons).
    In fact it was the Fastmail support team who provided a link to this forum.

    I've used Opera from about v3.2 and Operamail M2 was, and still is, so fantastic.
    It is a tribute to those early M2 developers that M2 has worked perfectly, without updates for over 20 years.
    That has to be a software record!

    I've used Vivaldi since 'The Split' from Opera.
    I've always championed an M3 but became disillusioned that it would never happen, so I stayed with M2.

    But Now ...

    Well done John & the Vivaldi Team and Thank You.

  • @arobbo -> link is dead.

  • Could it be a test ? To see how users would react ? I know of 4 users of OperaMail, and just 1 user got such a mail.

    Did some digging in my paper-archives, the oldest print I can find is August 10th 1998, using Operamail for my mortgage. On internet there is only the remark Operamail started together with Opera 3.5, I had contact with Sandra Thorbjrnsen ? She's now unfindable..... In my memories I started using Operamail in summer, that's July 1998, perhaps a beta-version. It started with just 2Mb storage.

    There was a discussion with Fastmail in dec 2019, because I stated being longer costumer then Fastmail existed.

    Anyway, I pay, and the deal was without expiry date. So I will protest against pulling the plug out of Operamail. And though quite happy with Fastmail, don't mind which provider takes over.

  • @boonstra I don't think it's a test. I guess it's just the natural progress of things.

  • @leocg said in Operamail future?:

    @arobbo Most probably the Opera that owns that domain is not the same Opera that runs this forum.
    Opera was splitted when it was sold and this Opera was left only with the browser making part.

    The other Opera, whose name changed to Otello Corporation kept the rest.

    Based on this I would surmise that Otello owns operamail.com.

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  • @rif First, Opera Software Asa and Opera Software As may not be the same thing.

    Second, the registrant name is the original name back on 1990"s or it's the current name?