Welcome to My Opera Mail Beta
By Johan Borgborg. Thursday, April 7, 2011 11:10:00 AM
From today, all My Opera accounts also have an @myopera.com e-mail address and you can try out our new mail service at https://mail.opera.com, just log in with the same user name and password you use for My Opera, Opera Link or Opera Unite.
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).
This is the first public release of the service and you can expect old features to be refined and new to be added both during and after the beta period. We'll announce news on this blog, so press that Subscribe button now
My Opera Mail Beta is brand new, but it is also based on the systems and experience of the FastMail.FM team that joined Opera last year.
Those who have already used FastMail.FM will recognize a few bits and pieces, but major parts of My Opera Mail Beta have been rewritten as an AJAX application to take advantage of modern browsers and speed up the entire experience.
One of the more interesting additions compared to FastMail is a feature we originally planned for the initial version of Opera's built-in mail client "M2" but that we never had time to complete before the release of Opera 7.0: Conversation view. 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 new system has been in closed beta for a few weeks already and one of our beta testers posted an entire collection of screen shots, but the best way to try it is to simply head over to https://mail.opera.com and play with it!