MICROSOFT has inked a deal with Opera Software to make Opera Mini the default web browser on low-end Nokia handsets.
Opera Mini will become the default web browser on all of Microsoft's non-Windows Phone handsets. This includes those running Nokia's Series 30+, Series 40 and Asha mobile operating systems, in other words, all those that do not come with Internet Explorer.
According to Opera, existing phones that are using its Xpress web browser will be encouraged to upgrade to Opera Mini, while new devices from the factories will come with the Opera Mini web browser pre-installed.
This is good news for those looking to keep an eye on their data, as the Opera Mini web browser boasts built-in data compression features. The firm earlier this year also launched an Opera Max web browser for Android, which claims to reduce mobile data consumption by up to 50 percent.
Opera Software CEO Lars Boilesen said, "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."
The head of Microsoft's legacy phone business Richard Bernado 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." µ