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Opera Mini becomes default browser for Nokia low budget phones

Opera Software and Microsoft have struck a deal that will replace Nokia's Xpress browser with Opera Mini. Opera’s mobile browser became the default browser on the Nokia X. Microsoft’s other assets as part of the Nokia acquisition such as the Series 30, Series 40 and the Ashas are also following suit. Opera Mini will now be the default browser on those devices. This is after Opera and Microsoft signed a cross-licensing deal that will see the two company’s cooperation expand to include the low cost devices.

"The agreement with Opera will enable us to provide continuity of service as we transition from Xpress Browser to Opera Mini," Rich Bernardo, who leads the legacy phone business at Microsoft, said in a statement Thursday.

"We have signed a strategic licensing deal with Microsoft. We are basically taking over the browser building department in Nokia," Opera CEO Lars Boilsesen said during a news conference today that focused on the firm's second-quarter earnings. "This means that Opera Mini becomes the default browser for Microsoft's feature phone product lines and the Asha phones product."

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