Opera Software today announced it has joined the Wholesale Applications Community (WAC). WAC is an alliance of the world's leading mobile operators such as China Mobile, Verizon Wireless, Vodafone and others, working together to define, create and deploy a common mobile application platform.

As the first browser vendor to join WAC, Opera will lend its expertise in making application platforms that harness the power of the Web. Opera brings significant experience to the alliance. In 2006, Opera first turned its web browser into an application platform with the launch of Opera Widgets. After successful deployments on smartphones, mobile applications reached the masses with the commercial availability of Opera Mini Widgets. Today, almost any phone is capable of running mobile applications written entirely in open web standards.

Opera products already support the initial WAC 1.0 standard. The new standard is based on an original Joint Innovation Lab (JIL) 1.2.2 standard for mobile phone applications, which Opera previously supported.

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