Feeds

Opera uncloaks Gmail challenger from Down Under

A beta nine years in the making

Security for virtualized datacentres

Opera has unveiled a free web-based email service along the lines of Gmail or Hotmail.

Announced with a blog post but little other fanfare, the service is currently in beta, and it's available to anyone with a My Opera account.

"Our goal is to make a fast and friendly mail service that is efficient and easy to use on any device, whether you prefer to access your e-mail from Opera Mini on a mobile phone (dedicated mobile interface), a tablet with touch interface (large, comfortable buttons), or a desktop computer (extensive keyboard shortcuts)," reads the inaugural blog post from the Opera Mail Team.

The team and the new beta service grew out of FastMail.FM, an Australian email provider Opera acquired last year. "Those who have already used FastMail.FM will recognize a few bits and pieces," Opera says. But "major parts" of the service have been rewritten with AJAX. In other words, parts of the service are AJAX but others are not.

Reminiscent of Gmail, related messages are "grouped into conversations, so you can read all the replies at once". According to Opera, it originally planned to build this "conversation view" into the Opera browser's built-in "M2" mail client as far back as Opera 7, but this never quite happened. "Grouping all messages in a thread as a single page makes even more sense for a web service than a native application, so we decided to put in the extra effort to support conversations across folders on our Cyrus IMAP servers," the company says.

The new service also includes spam protection, and it has been tested as a closed beta for "a few weeks".

Opera Mail beta

Available at https://mail.opera.com, the service is short on bells and whistles at this point. There's not even a "settings" interface. But Opera has promised to expand the service as the beta period moves along. Some settings are taken from My Opera, including your name and your time zone. The company has also said it plans to include folder management.

You can log in to the service with the same username and password you use for My Opera, Opera Link, or Opera Unite. And if you don't currently use these services, you can instantly use the new email beta after signing up for a new account. Currently, each account provides 1GB of storage space. ®

Business security measures using SSL

More from The Register

next story
Hey, Scots. Microsoft's Bing thinks you'll vote NO to independence
World's top Google-finding website calls it for the UK
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
OECD lashes out at tax avoiding globocorps' location-flipping antics
You hear that, Amazon, Google, Microsoft et al?
Show us your Five-Eyes SECRETS says Privacy International
Refusal to disclose GCHQ canteen menus and prices triggers Euro Human Rights Court action
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.