Microsoft or Google to buy Opera?

There are some rumours going around that sound quite unlikely to me, but you never know. In Microsoft buys out Opera, Robert Nyman links to an article with the same title at CoolTechZone: Microsoft Buys Out Opera.

A couple of links to other rumours of Opera buyouts have been posted in the comments to Robert's post:

Interesting, but I don't think Microsoft or Google will buy the Opera web browser (assuming Opera actually is for sale). Sure, Microsoft could buy it just to stop development and get rid of a competing product. But Microsoft using Opera technology to replace or complement Internet Explorer? Hardly.

And what about Google? It doesn't make much sense either, considering that they've hired people from the Mozilla team and actively support Firefox.

I think these are just rumours, but it's still interesting to think about what Microsoft or Google buying Opera would mean. What do you think? Is there any truth to these rumours, and how would that affect the web?

Posted on December 23, 2005 in Quicklinks, Browsers