Opera and Skyfire have a lot in common: specialized use cases, small, dedicated populations of users. That appears to be enough for the desktop browser to swallow the mobile one. Opera Software ASA announced via a press release this morning that it is acquiring Skyfire and its assets, in a deal worth $155 million USD. The sale price includes a mix of cash and stock, $50 million of which will be delivered up front.
While its market share is small in the desktop world, Opera's userbase is incredibly dedicated, and many don't realize that the software and the company have been offering surprisingly advanced browsing for nearly two decades.