Current Nokia browser Xpress will be shut down next December

Microsoft launches new Opera browser for its low-end phones

A new deal between Microsoft and Opera will see its browser become the default for a range of Microsoft’s low-end phones.

The new deal means that Microsoft phones running on its non-Windows phone platforms will now feature the Opera Mini browser pre-installed.

Microsoft’s Nokia Series 30+, Series 40 and Asha software platforms will be among those that will be upgraded. However, existing owners of these devices will also be prompted to upgrade from Xpress the current browser, to Opera Mini.

Reports suggest that users will begin to receive notifications to upgrade during October 2014, as the Xpress browser will enter maintenance mode until December 2015, when it will be shut down.

Lars Boilesen, CEO of Opera, said in a statement: “This is a great opportunity to spread the benefits of Opera Mini to millions more consumers in our core markets.

“There are still massive numbers of people who have not moved to smartphones, but Opera Mini can provide them with an amazing browsing experience right now.”

Rich Bernardo, the head of legacy business at Microsoft, added: “We continue to sell and support classic first and feature phones as well as the Asha range, which have performed well with millions of people who want new mobile experiences at lower price points.

“The agreement with Opera will enable us to provide continuity of service as we transition from Xpress Browser to Opera Mini.” 

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